Coastal Non-Point Source Pollution Abatement: The Shipbuilding and Repair Industry

by Kevin D. White, Univ of South Alabama, Mobile, United States,
Maribeth E. Hamilton, Univ of South Alabama, Mobile, United States,
Edwin S. Ott, Univ of South Alabama, Mobile, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '93


In cooperation with several shipbuilding and repair businesses and several state environmental regulatory agencies, site visits, waste-minimization assessments, and storm water sampling were performed at a number of shipbuilding and repair businesses to identify and prioritize significant pollutant sources and to recommend best management practices that might specifically address these sources, and thus minimize stormwater contamination. Results indicate that non-point source pollution abatement should be focused on: 1. paint removal activities, 2. fuel and waste oil storage areas, 3. paint mixing and application areas, and 4. engine maintenance activities. Best management practices that target these sources include: 1. the use of containment structures, 2. proper storage of contaminating materials, and 3. the designation of specific areas for certain activities.

Subject Headings: Water pollution | Nonpoint pollution | Stormwater management | Shipyards | Waste storage | Surface water | Energy storage

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