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Working Group on Sewage Discharge from Vessels

An expert working group formed to discuss the disposal of sewage from vessels in Tasmanian waters held a second meeting in Hobart on Thursday 19 September 2013.

The group was chaired by the Director of the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Alex Schaap and included representatives from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), TasWater, Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST), the Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council (TSIC), yacht clubs and commercial and recreational boat owners.

The discharge of sewage from vessels is currently prohibited in all State waters under the Pollution of Waters by Oils and Noxious Substances Act 1987 and the working group has been meeting to consider the longer term sewage discharge arrangements for vessels in Tasmanian waters.

The group reviewed and provided feedback on the first draft of a Directive covering risk-based management methods.

Members also identified some issues for further examination.

The working group agreed that a revised draft would be circulated among all members of the group ASAP with a view to releasing a draft Directive for comment by the wider general public in coming weeks.

More information on the law surrounding the disposal of sewage from vessels in Tasmanian waters can be found here