SSA General Manager refutes Moses Calouso Op Ed

Steamship Authority complies with all applicable environmental regulations

Despite Mr. Calouso’s accusation in his Op-Ed piece, the Steamship Authority is not discharging minimally treated or untreated sewage into Nantucket Sound.  The Authority has had Omnipure marine sanitation systems on all of its vessels for almost 20 years.  We comply with all applicable environmental regulations. 

Federal law prohibits the discharge of untreated sewage from vessels within all navigable waters of the U.S., including coastal waters (within three miles of shore). 

Mr. Calouro’s assertion has no basis in fact.

The Nantucket Harbormaster, Dave Fronzuto, recently responded to Mr. Calouso’s accusations by saying that he has physically inspected our vessels and he believes that they are in strict compliance.  He has also inspected the engineer’s logs and procedures for the actual treatment and discharge and also has found them to be in strict compliance. 

Wayne C. Lamson
General Manager
Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard and
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