Posted on Dec 13, 2018
Water Quality Insurance Syndicate
The Vessel Incidental Discharge Act, also dubbed VIDA, aims to set a single national standard for ballast water discharges and would limit what states can demand from maritime vessels in this regard. The bill passed its first approval stage, gaining bipartisan voice-vote passage in the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transport Committee on May 18. It would give the U.S. Coast Guard sole oversight of discharges, cutting out the Environmental Protection Agency. The measure is attached to the FY 2018 Coast Guard Reauthorization Act. The Coast Guard already certifies ballast water systems and issues violations of discharge permits.