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Release Date: 09/07/2000
Contact Information: Wesley Lambert, (404) 562-8327,
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, September 12, 2000 in Miami, Florida regarding cruise ship discharges. This information hearing is being held to gather information on wastewater, solid waste and hazardous waste discharges from cruise ships, their environmental impacts, existing control measures and potential improvements in waste management practices and technology. This assessment is in response to a petition from the Bluewater Network and 53 citizen environmental organizations. This effort is jointly supported by the Coast Guard and other Federal agencies. The hearings will not cover air emissions or tourism impacts from cruise ships.

If you wish to speak at the hearing, please call Bob Howard (EPA, Region 4) at 404-562-9370 or write to the Marine Pollution Control Branch, ATTN: Cruise Ships, US Environmental Protection Agency, MC 4504F, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20460 or send an email to If you have information or comments to provide, but cannot attend the hearings, the public may use the aforementioned street address and email address. All comments received at the hearing or received by mail or email before the hearing will become part of the official record.

For more information on EPA's overall approach to the assessment of cruise ship discharges, or to get on EPA's mailing list to be notified about future information or documentation on our cruise ship assessment, you may contact: Dorn Carlson at 202-260-6411 or Tom Carlton at 202-260-6960 or visit EPA's website at and click on "What's New"

Who: United State Environmental Protection Agency

What: Public Hearing on Cruise Ship Discharges

When: Tuesday, September 12, 2000 - 1p.m. to 4p.m. and 5p.m. to 7p.m.

Where: Embassy Suites Hotel
3974 NW South River Drive
Miami, Florida 33142