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EPA Vessel General Permit (VGP)

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The EPA first issued the Vessel General Permit (VGP) in 2008 and subsequently reissued it in 2013. The VGP provides for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit coverage for incidental discharges into waters of the United States from commercial vessels greater than 79 feet in length and for ballast water from commercial vessels of all sizes (EPA.GOV).

The permit includes a broad range of incidental discharges such as ballast water, bilgewater, graywater (e.g., water from sinks, showers), and deck washdown and runoff.  EPA controls these incidental discharges primarily through two NPDES general permits: the Vessel General Permit (VGP) and the Small Vessel General Permit (sVGP).

In 2013, the EPA enforced the use of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) when feasible for all oil to sea interfaces under the Vessel General Permit. See more here..

In order to meet the requirements for an EAL, a formulation should exhibit the following through testing:

In the respective order to the requirements above, customers commonly request the following methods to test their formulation against the EAL requirements:

For more information on Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants and the Vessel General Permit, please contact our Laboratory at 847-483-9950 or info@situtest.com.