ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has reaffirmed a determination that will allow for the New York side of Lake Erie to be designated a "no-discharge zone" for boat sewage.
The agency determined that there are adequate facilities available for boats to pump out their sewage tanks.
The EPA is providing an opportunity for the public to comment on the boat sewage dumping ban for a second time. It initially determined in December 2012 that adequate sewage pump out facilities exist. But it revisited the decision after getting significant public comments.
A "no-discharge zone" means boats are completely banned from discharging sewage into the water.
The EPA is encouraging public comment on its proposed approval until October 28, 2013.