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Nov. 7, 2019 Reissuance of the Vessel Deconstruction General Permit

On Nov. 6, 2019, Ecology reissued the Vessel Deconstruction National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System and State Waste Discharge General Permit. The permit becomes effective on Dec. 6, 2019, and expires on Dec. 5, 2024.

Purpose of the Permit: The permit provides statewide coverage for the deconstruction of vessels over water, including deconstruction activities that occur on a drydock, barge, or pier. The permit does not provide coverage to facilities that are covered under the Boatyard General Permit or an individual permit that allows this activity. Vessel deconstruction does not include disturbances incidental to vessel retrieval. The purpose of the permit is to control the discharge of pollutants from stormwater, drydock floodwater, and non-stormwater discharges associated with vessel deconstruction activities into waters of the State. Under Federal and State water quality laws (Federal Clean Water Act and State Water Pollution Control Act), a permit is required for the discharge of these wastewaters. Entities that conduct vessel deconstruction activities over water and that discharge wastewater either directly or indirectly to waters of the State must obtain permit authorization for their discharge.

Public Notice Process and Comments: Ecology accepted public comments on the draft permit, fact sheet, and related documents from Aug. 21, 2019, through Sept. 27, 2019. Ecology held a public workshop and hearing in Seattle, WA and an online webinar on Sept. 23, 2019. Ecology received written comments during the public comment period. The comments and Ecology’s responses are included in Appendix C of the Fact Sheet.

Copies of the Permit: You may download copies of the final permit, Fact Sheet, Response to Comments, and other supporting documents at our Vessel Deconstruction General Permit webpage. You may also request copies from Dena Jaskar at (360) 407-6401, or by email at dena.jaskar@ecy.wa.gov.

Your Right to Appeal: You have a right to appeal the final general permit and the general permit coverage for a specific facility to the Pollution Control Hearings Board (PCHB). The appeal process is governed by Chapter 43.21B RCW and Chapter 371-08 WAC.

· Appeals of the general permit issuance must be filed within 30 days of issuance of the general permit. See the Appeal of the General Permit Focus Sheet for more information.

· Appeals of the general permit coverage for a specific facility must be filed within 30 days of the effective date of coverage. See the Appeal of a General Permit Coverage Focus Sheet for more information.