The Senate just passed and amended version of  H.R. 5769 the “Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014” that now includes a 3-year extension of the current exemption for all commercial fishing vessels regardless of size (and all commercial non-fishing vessels less than 79 ft) from the EPA incidental discharge permit requirement.  The amended bill now goes back to the House where we hope it will be considered and passed under an expedited procedure, and sent to the President for enactment.    This process can and should be completed well in advance of the December 18th deadline when the current legislative exemption expires.

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