Ocean Dumping of Material off the Louisiana Coast,
ARMY ENGINEER DISTRICT NEW ORLEANS LA
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On 23 October 1972, Congress passed the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act, commonly known as the Ocean Dumping Act. The Environmental Protection Agency EPA published the final revision to the Ocean Dumping Regulation on 11 January 1977. Ocean waters, as far as Louisiana is concerned, are those waters which lie beyond the Louisiana coastline. Transportation of dredged material has been defined by the Chief of Engineers Office as material which is carried through a cutterhead discharge line in addition to that which is transported by a hopper dredge or barge. Therefore, all dredging performed in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast must meet the requirements of the Ocean Dumping Act. The Ocean Dumping Regulation requires that bioassay and bioaccumulation tests be performed unless disposal operations can be excluded under section 227.13.