Are cruise ships really getting greener?

Here is the outline of an EPA report available for

public comment

Draft Cruise Ship Discharge Assessment Report

EPA prepared the Draft Cruise Ship Discharge Assessment Report (Draft Report) as part of its response to a petition submitted by the Bluewater Network on behalf of a number of environmental advocacy organizations. The Draft Report assesses the waste streams of sewage, graywater, oily bilge water, solid waste, and hazardous waste. For each waste stream the Draft Report discusses the nature and volume of the waste stream generated; existing federal regulations applicable to the waste stream; environmental management, including treatment, of the waste stream; potential adverse environmental impacts of the waste stream; and actions by the federal government to address the waste stream.

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Download the entire Draft Report (PDF) (124 pp, 1.4MB)

Download specific sections of the Draft Report:

  • Section 1: Introduction (PDF) (7 pp, 61KB)
    • 1.1 Overview
    • 1.2 Other EPA Cruise Ship Efforts
    • 1.3 Cruise Ship Industry Efforts to Reduce Potential Environmental Impacts
    • References
  • Section 2: Sewage (PDF) (44 pp, 596KB)
    • 2.1 What is sewage from vessels and how much is generated on cruise ships?
    • 2.2 What laws apply to sewage from cruise ships?
    • 2.3 How do cruise ships treat sewage?
    • 2.4 What are the potential environmental impacts associated with sewage from cruise ships?
    • 2.5 What actions is the federal government taking to address sewage from cruise ships?
    • References
  • Section 3: Graywater (PDF) (33 pp, 645KB)
    • 3.1 What is graywater and how much is generated on cruise ships?
    • 3.2 What laws apply to graywater from cruise ships?
    • 3.3 Characterization of untreated graywater
    • 3.4 What are the potential environmental impacts associated with untreated graywater from cruise ships?
    • 3.5 What action is the federal government taking to address graywater waste streams from cruise ships?
    • References
  • Section 4: Oily Bilge Water (PDF) (12 pp, 116KB)
    • 4.1 What is bilge water and how much is generated on cruise ships?
    • 4.2 What laws apply to bilge water from cruise ships?
    • 4.3 How do cruise ships manage bilge water?
    • 4.4 What are the potential environmental impacts associated with inadequately treated bilge water from cruise ships?
    • 4.5 What action is the federal government taking to address bilge water from cruise ships?
    • References
  • Section 5: Solid Waste (PDF) (13 pp, 189KB)
    • 5.1 What is solid waste and how much is generated on cruise ships?
    • 5.2 What laws apply to solid waste from cruise ships?
    • 5.3 How do cruise ships manage solid waste?
    • 5.4 What are the potential environmental impacts associated with solid waste from cruise ships?
    • 5.5 What action is the federal government taking to address solid waste from cruise ships?
    • References
  • Section 6: Hazardous Waste (PDF) (12 pp, 160KB)
    • 6.1 What is hazardous waste and how much is generated on cruise ships?
    • 6.2 What laws apply to hazardous waste on cruise ships?
    • 6.3 How do cruise ships manage hazardous waste?
    • 6.4 What are the potential environmental impacts associated with hazardous waste from cruise ships?
    • 6.5 What action is the federal government taking to address hazardous waste from cruise ships?
    • References
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