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OCTOBER 2015 FOGHORN 21 LEGISLATIVEREPORT By Ed Welch PVA Legislative Director T he Code of Federal Regulations is an important reference source for passenger vessel operators. This multi-volume set of documents is a compilation of all rules and regulations issued by various parts of the federal government. Here one finds the Coast Guards rules for vessel safety and security as well as regulations that govern the use of the nations waterways. Other titles include rules from the Environmental Protect Agency ad- dressing vessel air emissions and wastewater discharges provisions by the National Marine Fisheries Service dealing with protection of marine mammals and Department of Labor directives on overtime and minimum wages. Easy access to the Code of Federal Regulations is valuable to the passenger vessel operator. But over the years easy access has been hard to come by. The various paperback volumes of the CFR are expensive even if one purchases only the few volumes that are the likeliest to apply. Whats more as rules are added or amended over time and the paper volumes become outdated. What is an operator to do The answer go to www.ecfr.gov the relatively new online version of the Code of Federal Regulations. Its free its easy to use and its con- stantly kept up to date as changes are made. It enables the operator to stand on equal footing to a Coast Guard inspector as far as knowledge of the rules that apply to U.S.-flagged passenger vessels. The home page of the ECFR provides several options to the user. A link to Frequently Asked The Electronic CFR A Valuable Tool