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If boating on federally controlled waters and your vessel is 26 feet or longer, you must display a 5 × 8-inch placard made of durable material, fixed in a conspicuous place in the machinery spaces or at the bilge pump control station, stating the following:

Discharge of Oil Prohibited

The Federal Water Pollution Control Act prohibits the discharge of oil or oily waste upon or into any navigable waters of the U.S. The prohibition includes any discharge which causes a film or discoloration of the surface of the water or causes a sludge or emulsion beneath the surface of the water. Violators are subject to substantial civil and/or criminal sanctions including fines and imprisonment.

Discharge of Oil Prohibited placard - outlines oil discharge restrictions under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act

Oil Discharge Placard: A 5 × 8-inch sign that states the law pertaining to oil discharge

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