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  • Added 12 Sep 2016
  • Updated 30 Aug 2018

In 1972, Congress enacted the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act (MPRSA, also known as the Ocean Dumping Act) to prohibit the dumping of material into the ocean that would unreasonably degrade or endanger human health or the marine environment. Virtually all material ocean dumped today is dredged material (sediments) removed from the bottom of waterbodies in order to maintain navigation channels and berthing areas. Other materials that are currently ocean disposed include fish wastes, human remains, and vessels. Ocean dumping cannot occur unless a permit is issued under the MPRSA. In the case of dredged material, the decision to issue a permit is made by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, using EPA's environmental criteria and subject to EPA's concurrence. For all other materials, EPA is the permitting agency. EPA is also responsible for designating recommended ocean dumping sites for all types of materials.

Disposal sites with a status of “Available” are available for use and these include all selected and designated sites. Sites with a status of “Discontinued” include all discontinued, historical, or terminated sites. The site with a status of “prohibited” are not available for use, dumping is prohibited. Finally, when the source information did not explicitly state the status of a site, the status was listed as “unknown”.

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RegionsDominican Republic, United States of America
MetadataDublin Core

Technical Details

Layer ID 20703
Data type Vector multipolygon
Feature count 2030
Attributes status, Restrictions, Name, State, Period_Of_Use, Source, Depth, Primary_Use, Size
Services Vector Query API


Added 12 Sep 2016 ago
Last checked 1 Sep 2018 ago
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