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Maine Marine Sanitation Device Standard-Notice of Determination

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I, the Regional Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency—New England Region, have determined that adequate facilities for the safe and sanitary removal and treatment of sewage from all vessels are reasonably available for the Casco Bay area covered under this determination.

 

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Ann Rodney, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency—New England Region, One Congress Street, Suite 1100, Mailcode-COP, Boston, MA 02114-2023. Telephone: (617) 918-0538, Fax number: (617) 918-1505; e-mail address: Rodney.ann@epa.gov.

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This Notice of Determination is for Casco Bay, Maine. The area of the Bay to be included in the designation includes all contiguous waters north and east of 43°33′56.04″ N-70°11′48.22″ W at Cape Elizabeth Light in Cape Elizabeth, to a point43°42′17.65″ N-69°51′17.70″ W at Bald Point in Phippsburg. The area also includes the navigable reaches of the Fore River, Presumpscot River, Royal River, Cousins River, Harraseeket River, and the New Meadows River.

On February 17, 2006, notice was published that the State of Maine had petitioned the Regional Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, to determine that adequate facilities for the safe and sanitary removal and treatment of sewage from all vessels are reasonably available for Casco Bay, the area includes all contiguous waters north and east of 43°33′56.04″ N-70°11′48.22″ W at Cape Elizabeth Light in Cape Elizabeth, to a point 43°42′17.65″ N-69°51′17.70″ W at Bald Point in Phippsburg. The area also includes the navigable reaches of the Fore River, Presumpscot River, Royal River, Cousins River, Harraseeket River, and the New Meadows River.

The petition was filed pursuant to section 312(f)(3) of 92, as amended by Public Laws 95-217 and 100-4, for the purpose of declaring these waters a “No Discharge Area” (NDA).

Section 312(f)(3) states: After the effective date of the initial standards and regulations promulgated under this section, if any State determines that the protection and enhancement of the quality of some or all of the waters within such States require greater environmental protection, such State may completely prohibit the discharge from all vessels of any sewage, whether treated or not, into such waters, except that no such prohibition shall apply until the Administrator determines that adequate facilities for the safe and sanitary removal and treatment of sewage from all vessels are reasonably available for such water to which such prohibition would apply.

The information submitted to me by the State of Maine certifies that there are 20 pumpout facilities located within the proposed area. A list of the facilities, with phone numbers, locations, and hours of operation is appended at the end of this determination.

Based on the examination of the petition and its supporting documentation and information from site visits by EPA New England staff, I have determined that adequate facilities for the safe and sanitary removal and treatment of sewage from all vessels are reasonably available for the area covered under this determination. The area of the Bay to be included in the designation includes all contiguous waters north and east of 43°33′56.04″ N-70°11′48.22″ W at Cape Elizabeth Light in Cape Elizabeth, to a point 43°42′17.65″ N-69°51′17.70″ W at Bald Point in Phippsburg. The area also includes the navigable reaches of the Fore River, Presumpscot River, Royal River, Cousins River, Harraseeket River, and the New Meadows River.

This determination is made pursuant to section 312(f)(3) of 92, as amended by Public Laws 95-217 and 100-4.

EPA has prepared a response to the eight comments it received during the 45-day comment period, which may be requested from EPA by writing to: Ann Rodney, U.S. EPA New England, One Congress Street, Suite 1100, mail code-COP, Boston, MA 02114-2023.

List of Pumpouts in the Area Back to Top
Location/waterbody Name/company Contact information Hours of operation Minimum depth
New Meadows River, Brunswick New Meadows Marina 207-443-6277 VHF CH 9 June-Sept 8 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F Weekend by appt. 4′
Merepoint Bay, Brunswick Paul's Marina 207-729-3067 VHF 9 June-Sept Self Serve 24/7 10′
Casco Bay, Falmouth Falmouth Public Landing 207-781-7317 VHF 9 June-Sept Self Serve 24/7 10′
Casco Bay, Falmouth Handy Boat 207-781-5110 VHF 9 June-Sept. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 7 days 4′
Casco Bay, Freeport Brewers South Freeport Marine 207-865-3181 VHF 9 June-Sept. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 7 days 10′
Casco Bay, Freeport Strouts Point Wharf 207-865-3899 VHF 9 June-Sept. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 7 days 10′
Potts Harbor, Harpswell Dolphin Marine Services 207-833-6000 VHF 9 June-Sept. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 7 days 10′
Orrs Harbor, Harpswell Great Island Boatyard 207-729-1639 VHF 9 June-Sept. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 7 days 10′
Sebasco Harbor, Phippsburg Sebasco Harbor Resort 207-389-1161 VHF 9 June-Sept. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 7 days 6′
Di a.m.ond Cove, Portland Di a.m.ond Cove Marina 207-766-5850 VHF 9 June-Sept. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 7 days 6′
Portland Harbor, Portland DiMillos Old Port Marina 207-773-7632 VHF 9 May-Oct. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 7 days 10′
Portland Harbor, Portland Maine Yacht Center 207-842-9000 VHF 9 June-Sept. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 7 days 10′
Portland Harbor, Portland Portland Yacht Services 207-774-1067 VHF 9 June-Sept. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 7 days 10′
Fore River, South Portland City of South Portland 207-767-3201 VHF 9 June-Sept. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 7 days 6′
Casco Bay, South Portland Friends Of Casco Bay 207-776-0136 VHF 9 June-Sept. By apt. 10′
Portland Harbor, South Portland South Port Marine 207-799-8191 VHF 9 June-Sept. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 7 days 4′
Portland Harbor, South Portland Spring Point Marina 207-767-3213 VHF 9 June-Sept. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 7 days 10′
Portland Harbor, South Portland Sunset Marina 207-767-4729 VHF 9 June-Sept. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 7 days 6′
Portland Harbor, South Portland Aspasia Marina 207-767-3010 VHF 9 June-Sept. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 7 days 10′
Royal River, Yarmouth Yankee Marina 207-846-4326 VHF 9 June-Sept. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 7 days 6′
Royal River, Yarmouth Yarmouth Boat Yard 207-846-9050 VHF 9 June-Sept. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 7 days 10′

Dated: June 21, 2006.

Robert W. Varney,

Regional Administrator, Region 1.

[FR Doc. E6-10092 Filed 6-26-06; 8:45 a.m.]

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