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Mid-Atlantic Permitted Ocean Disposal Sites

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Dredged Material
Ocean disposal sites near Norfolk, Virginia

Ocean disposal sites near Norfolk, Virginia

The Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act of 1972 (PDF) (12 pp, 2.4MB, About PDF) prohibits the dumping of material into the ocean that would unreasonably degrade or endanger human health or the marine environment. In 1988, the MPRSA was amended by the Ocean Dumping Ban Act to also ban the ocean dumping of industrial waste and sewage sludge. Today, virtually all ocean dumping is dredged material (sediments removed from the bottom of water bodies in order to maintain navigation channels and berthing areas). Ocean disposal requires a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers, with EPA's approval. EPA's Coastal Science Team monitors the impact of ocean placement by collecting and analyzing benthic samples.

There are two permitted coastal disposal sites in EPA's mid-Atlantic region.

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