Back in October of this year, via the Federal Register, the Coast Guard proposed to increase maritime domain safety by revising existing safety regulations for facility and vessel vapor control systems (VCSs). The proposed changes would make VCS requirements more compatible with new Federal and State environmental requirements, reflect industry advancements in VCS technology, and codify the standards for the design and operation of a VCS at tank barge cleaning facilities. These changes would increase the safety of operations by regulating the design, installation, and use of VCSs, but would not require anyone to install or use VCSs.

We encourage all stakeholders to participate in this rulemaking by submitting comments and related materials. All comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov and will include any personal information you have provided.

Comments and related material must either be submitted to our online docket via http://www.regulations.gov on or before April 21, 2011 or reach the Docket Management Facility by that date.  Comments sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on collection of information must reach OMB on or before April 21, 2011.