Message From the EPA Regarding Vessel General Permit

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  • by BPC Staff
  • on November 29, 2012

As many of you know, EPA signed settlement agreements in March 2011 that called for EPA to issue the 2013 VGP by November 30, 2012.  EPA and Petitioners in NRDC v. EPA modified those settlement agreements to allow the Agency additional time to complete work on the next Vessel General Permit.  The modifications extend the date for taking final action on the next VGP from November 30, 2012 to March 15, 2013. 

With this extension, EPA now plans to issue the next VGP sometime on or before March 15, 2013 and will not be releasing the final permit this week.  This extension will not impact the December 19, 2013 effective date for the next VGP.

If you should have any questions about the proposed VGP, please feel free to contact us at