NOAA: No US Coast Guard Dumping Exemption in National Marine Sanctuaries

  • by: David McGuire
  • recipient: Maria Brown, Superintendent of Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, Dan Howard, Superintendent Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA

The Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries health must be maintained by requiring no discharges of sewage, wastewater or toxic ordinance by all without exemption.

Dear Ms. Brown and Mr. Howard,


We respectfully request that NOAA adhere to the no discharge requirements of the National Marine Sanctuaries and NOAA apply those limits to the expanded boundary of the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and Cordell Bank without exemption for the US Coast Guard.


Unless there is imminent threat to the safety of the Coast Guard Personnel, vessel or the safety of any wildlife, or vessels or life associated with rescue operations the USCG should adhere to the no discharge provisions under the Ocean Dumping Act and Sanctuaries requirements. If extreme conditions require discharge of sewage, gray water or toxic materials the Coast Guard should be required to report the discharge when conditions allow or within 24 hours to the Sanctuary staff. 


We must support the health and the welfare of our National Marine Sanctuary both in State and Federal waters and maintain no discharge requirements.


Thank you.

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