Todd Powell, right, of Federal Way, Wash., helps Pat Wolfrom, left, put away the hose from a sewage pump-out station after Powell demonstrated to reporters how to pump out the sewage holding talk on his boat at the Des Moines Marina, Thursday, July 21, 2016, in Des Moines, Wash. Washington state officials said Thursday that they have petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to designate the waters of Puget Sound a "no discharge zone," which would mean boaters and vessel operators would not be able to release sewage, treated or untreated, into Puget Sound. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

(編譯 秦孟渝)華州監管機構近日出臺規定,西雅圖船隻運營者將被禁止向普吉灣水域傾倒污水,不管是未經處理過的還是處理過的。

生態部門日前在官網表示,他們已向美國環保局情願將普吉灣列為「禁排區」,以便保護貝類動物海床和民眾游泳沙灘附近水域免遭有害細菌侵害。

如果請願被通過,禁排區將包括西昆(sequim)附近至南普吉灣地區的水域一直延伸至加拿大邊境,包括華盛頓胡和聯合湖地區。

在美國,類似禁排區有很多,但在西北太平洋地區至今還沒有。

評論稱,一旦請願通過將會給大量船隻帶來不菲的花銷,他們需要對船隻進行改造,加裝廢水收納罐。之前廢水會在海船上的污水處理設備中處理後再傾倒如海中。