Dometic Marine supports No Discharge Zones proposal

ELKHART, Ind. — Dometic Marine, a manufacturer of marine air conditioning and sanitation systems and equipment, says it supports the Environmental Protection Agency’s recently proposed No Discharge Zones in Massachusetts and New York.

Once formalized, the designated areas would ban discharge of all boat sewage and boaters would be required to dispose of sewage at pump-out facilities. No Discharge Zones are set up to protect aquatic habitats as well as to protect drinking water intake zones to safeguard human health.

“Over the last 30 years we have been encouraging boat owners to enjoy boating responsibly and not discharge sewage directly into the sea,” Jim Kerrigan, VP of OEM Sales for the Americas, said in a release. “We are delighted to see the EPA continue its valuable work to protect the marine environment, and we will do our utmost to support their ongoing ‘clean water’ initiatives.”

The seven proposed areas are New York State’s Long Island Sound and the coastal waters of six Cape Cod towns – Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown.

For such a ban to be considered, individual States must prove that there are adequate facilities for boats to pump out their holding tanks.

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