Department of Homeland Security, Coast Guard; Standards for Living Organisms in Ships' Ballast Water Discharged in U.S. Waters
GAO-12-597R: Apr 4, 2012
GAO reviewed the Department of Homeland Security, Coast Guard's new rule on standards for living organisms in ships ballast water discharged in U.S. waters. GAO found that (1) the final rule establishes a standard for the allowable concentration of living organisms in ships ballast water discharged in waters of the United States. The rule also amends the Coast Guards regulations for engineering equipment by establishing an approval process for ballast water management systems. The Coast Guard is promulgating this final rule to aid in controlling the introduction and spread of nonindigenous species from ships ballast water in waters of the United States; and (2) the Coast Guard complied with applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.