Laws and Regulations

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Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA issued a final vessel general permit regulating vessel discharges from commercial vessels, including ballast water, to protect the nation's waters from ship-borne pollutants and reduce invasive species in U.S. waters. The permit imposes international cleanliness standards that the Coast Guard also adopted in regulations it issued last year.

* See our Species Profile - Ballast Water page for more information and additional resources.

Post Date: Apr 04, 2013

USDA. Agricultural Marketing Service.

This publication (updated annually) contains information about the various State labeling requirements and prohibitions of noxious-weed seeds and shows the scientific names and common names according to the law and regulations of the particular State in which the seed is noxious. See Seed Publications for more information and Items of Interest in Seed (publications for seed control officials and seed companies; updated every Apr/Oct). See Seed Regulatory and Testing Services and Seed Publications for more information.

* See our Laws and Regulations - Multistate Laws section for more information and resources.

Post Date: Mar 12, 2013

Great Lakes Coalition. Healing Our Waters.
Congress introduced new bills aimed at combating the spread of Asian carp into the Great Lakes. The legislation directs the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete within 18 months its study on how to separate the Great Lakes and Mississippi watersheds to block the advance of the non-native Asian carp. The voracious fish are within miles of Lake Michigan. Scientists fear that an Asian carp invasion into the Great Lakes could devastate the region's $7 billion sport and commercial fishery. The legislation updates the Stop Asian Carp Act of 2011, which was introduced last year. For more information on the bills introduced, see Congressional Bills - 112th Congress.

* See our Species Profile - Asian Carps page for more information and resources.

Post Date: May 16, 2012