- Associated Press - Sunday, April 19, 2015

GENEVA, N.Y. (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comments on its proposal to prohibit boats from dumping sewage into Seneca Lake, Cayuga Lake and the Seneca River.

The Clean Water Act prohibits discharge of raw sewage from boats, but discharges from approved onboard treatment systems are allowed unless a “no discharge zone” has been established.

The “no discharge zone” proposal was made at the request of the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The EPA has reviewed the state’s petition and found there are adequate facilities around the lakes for boats to pump out their sewage, rather than dumping it in the water.

Boat sewage dumping has already been banned in lakes Erie, Ontario, Champlain and George, as well as the New York State Canal System and Hudson River.

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Online: https://1.usa.gov/1Hm2UoM

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