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Massachusetts Marine Sanitation Device Standard-Notice of Determination

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Notice Of Determination.

Summary

The Regional Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency—New England Region, has determined that adequate facilities for the safe and sanitary removal and treatment of sewage from all vessels are reasonably available for the state waters of Boston, Braintree, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Hingham, Hull, Milton, Newton, Quincy, Watertown, Weymouth, and Winthrop.

 

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Back to Top

This Notice of Determination is for the state waters of Boston, Braintree, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Hingham, Hull, Milton, Newton, Quincy, Watertown, Weymouth, and Winthrop. The area of designation includes:

Waterbody/general area Latitude Longitude
Landside Town boundary between Revere and Winthrop 42°23′30″ N 70°58′50″ W
Offshore town boundary between Nahant, Revere, and Winthrop 42°24′28″ N 70°57′33″ W
Offshore town boundary between Nahant and Winthrop 42°23′13″ N 70°55′28″ W
Offshore town boundary between Nahant and Winthrop 42°23′04″ N 70°54′04″ W
Offshore town boundary between Nahant and Winthrop 42°23′32″ N 70°51′28″ W
Aid to Navigation RW “BG” Mo (A), 1.6nm NNE of the Graves 42°23′27” N 70°51′30” W
Aid to Navigation G “5” Fl G 4s WHISTLE, 0.8nm NE of the Graves 42°22′34″ N 70°51′29″ W
Aid to Navigation R “2” Fl R 4s BELL, Three One-Half Fathom Ledge 42°21′04″ N 70°50′31″ W
Aid to Navigation G “1” Q G WHISTLE, Thieves Ledge 42°19′32″ N 70°49′51″ W
Offshore town boundary between Hull and Cohasset 42°18′34″ N 70°47′25″ W
Landside boundary between Hull and Cohasset 42°15′54″ N 70°49′34″ W

The landward boundaries of the NDA are:

Waterbody/general area Latitude Longitude
The Saratoga Street bridge between Winthrop and Boston 42°22′58″ N 70°59′40″ W
The railway bridge on the Chelsea River between Chelsea and Revere 42°24′06″ N 71°00′40″ W
The Amelia Earhart Dam on the Mystic River 42°23′42″ N 71°04′30″ W
The Watertown Dam on the Charles River 42°21′55″ N 71°11′22″ W
The Baker Dam on the Neponset River 42°16′15″ N 71°04′08″ W
The Shaw Street bridge on the Weymouth Fore River 42°13′20″ N 71°58′25″ W
Where Bridge Street crosses the Weymouth Back River between Weymouth and Hingham 42°14′50″ N 70°55′52″ W
Where Nantasket Avenue crosses the Weir River between Hingham and Hull 42°15′37″ N 70°50′41″ W

On June 6, 2008, notice was published that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 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 the state waters of Boston, Braintree, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Hingham, Hull, Milton, Newton, Quincy, Watertown, Weymouth, and Winthrop. Three comments were received on this petition.

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 EPA by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts certifies that there are 35 pumpout facilities located within the 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, its supporting documentation, and information from site visits conducted by EPA New England staff, EPA has 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.

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

Pumpout Facilities Within the No Discharge Area Back to Top
Name Location Contact info. Hours Mean low water depth (ft)
* = Pending facilities.
** = Private commercial facilities.
*** = Not applicable.
Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina Boston (617) 561-1400 VHF 9 7 a.m.-8 p.m. On call *** 25
The Marina At Rowes Wharf Boston (617) 439-3131VHF 9 8 a.m.-4 p.m. May 1-Oct 31 10
Boston Waterboat Marina Boston (617) 523-1027VHF 9 7 a.m.-7 p.m.Call ahead *** 5 to 25
Boston Yacht Haven Boston (617) 367-5050VHF 9 8 a.m.-7 p.m. 10
Black Falcon Pier Boston (617) 946-4417 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 35
**Boston Harbor Cruises Boston (617) 227-4321 6:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (weekdays) 22
10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (weekends)
Boston Towing Transportation Boston (617) 567-9100 24/7 ***
*City of Boston Boston TBD TBD ***
*Berth 10 Boston (617) 918-6203 TBD
**Mass Bays Lines Boston (617) 542-8000
Charles River Yacht Club Cambridge (617) 354-8881VHF 9 8 a.m.-8 p.m. ***
**Charles Riverboat Company Cambridge (617) 621-3001
Constitution Marina Charlestown (617) 241-9818VHF 69 9 a.m.-8 p.m. (summer) 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (winter) 30 ***
Mystic Marine Charlestown (617) 293-6247VHF 72 7 a.m.-7 p.m. (Mon-Fri) 35 35
Shipyard Quarters Marina Charlestown (617) 242-2020VHF 7, 9,16 8 a.m.-7 p.m. *** 20
Charleston Pier 4 Charlestown (617) 918-6231 Appointment Only 30
*Charlestown Pier 3 Charlestown (617) 918-6201 TBD
**Constellation Tug Charlestown (617) 561-0223 24/7 ***
Marine At Admirals Hill Chelsea (617) 889-4002 VHF 9, 10 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 6
Dorchester Yacht Club Dorchester (617) 436-1002VHF 9 8 a.m.-6 p.m. 7
Port Norfolk Yacht Club Dorchester (617) 822-3333VHF 9, 11 24/7 self-service 7.5
Town of Hingham Hingham (781) 741-1450VHF 12, 16 3 p.m.-7 p.m. (Tue, Thurs, Sat Sun) ***
Town of Hull Hull (781) 925-0316VHF 9,16 8 a.m.-4 p.m. ****TBD
Quincy Bay Quincy (617) 908-9757VHF 9 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (weekend) High-tide (weekday) ******
Bay Pointe Marina Quincy (617) 471-1777VHF 9 Call ahead 8
Captain's Cove Marina Quincy (617) 328-3331VHF 69 24/7 6
Marina Bay on Boston Harbor Quincy (617) 847-1800VHF 10 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. ***
Town River Yacht Club Quincy (617) 471-2716VHF 71 Call ahead 35
**Harbor Express Quincy (617) 542-8000
Watertown Yacht Club Watertown (617) 924-9848 8 a.m.-4 p.m.(Tue-Thur, Sat) 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Fri) 6
Wessagussett Yacht Club Weymouth VHF 71 6 a.m.-8 p.m. (Mon-Fri) 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (Sat-Sun) 8
Town of Winthrop Winthrop (617) 839-4000VHF 9,16 10 a.m.-8 p.m. *** 8 to 30

Dated: July 9, 2008.

Robert W. Varney,

Regional Administrator, Region 1.

[FR Doc. E8-16981 Filed 7-23-08; 8:45 am]

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