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It's the Law

Discharge of Oil and Other Hazardous Substances


Discharge of Oil Prohibited
Oil discharge placard

It is illegal to discharge oil or hazardous substances.

You are not allowed to dump oil into the bilge of the vessel without means for proper disposal.

You must dispose of oil waste at an approved reception facility. On recreational vessels, a bucket or bailer is adequate for temporary storage.

If your vessel is 26 feet or longer, you must display a 5 x 8-inch placard at the bilge pump control station stating the Federal Water Pollution Control Act's law.

If your vessel discharges oil or hazardous substances into the water:

  • Immediately call the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802.
  • Also report the discharge to the Michigan Pollution Emergency Alerting System (PEAS) by calling 1-800-292-4706.