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The Vessel General Permit (VGP) is applicable to discharge incidental to the normal operation of a vessel, under which vessels are authorised to discharge effluent within US waters. It is a system of environmental regulation designed to reduce pollution by vessels visiting US ports or operating in US waters. Obtaining and complying with the permit can be challenging, as individual states can establish additional water quality standards that are included in the VGP.
During this course, you will understand the Vessel General Permit (VGP) and the reasons for the introduction of the VGP. You will learn the start and end coverage under the VGP and the discharges regulated by it. You will also learn what monitoring, inspection, recording and reporting are required by the VGP and the procedure following a non-compliance.
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