The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) released the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule to establish a No Discharge Zone covering all California coastal waters. The rule would apply to all cruise ships and to large ocean-going vessels with adequate sewage holding capacity. Though it is intended to protect receiving waters, the rule does not cover discharges from land-based sources such as municipal wastewater treatment facilities.

“Cruise Lines International Association members follow science-based industry practices that exceed mandatory California and other applicable water discharge regulations, and therefore meet the requirements of the new, proposed EPA rule covering blackwater. The cruise industry shares EPA’s and the State Water Resources Control Board’s commitment to protect California’s coastal waters. While international regulations permit the discharge of untreated blackwater (sewage) 12 miles from shore, as a policy our member cruise lines first treat blackwater with approved technologies prior to discharge anywhere in the world.”