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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 coastal waters of Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, Ipswich, Rowley, Newbury, Newburyport, Salisbury, Amesbury, West Newbury, Merrimac, Groveland, North Andover, Haverhill, Methuen, and Lawrence, collectively termed the Upper North Shore for the purpose of this notice.

 

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

Ann Rodney, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency—New England Region, Office of Ecosystem Protection, Oceans and Coastal Protection Unit, Five Post Office Square, Suite 100, OEP06-1, Boston, MA 02109-3912. Telephone: (617) 918-1538. Fax number: (617) 918-0538. E-mail address: rodney.ann@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Back to Top

On May 20, 2010, EPA published a notice 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 waters of the Upper North Shore. Four comments were received on this petition. The response to comments can be obtained utilizing the above contact information.

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 State 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.

This Notice of Determination is for the waters of the Upper North Shore. The NDA boundaries are as follows:

Waterbody/General area From longitude From latitude To longitude To latitude
The southern edge of the Upper North Shore NDA boundary is the Manchester/Gloucester municipal line at 70°42′50″ W 42°34′21″ N 70°35′59″ W 42°33′02″ N
The northern edge of the Upper North Shore NDA boundary is MA/Seabrook, NH border at 70°48′47″ W 42°52′19″ N 70°43′57″ W 42°52′35″ N
On the Merrimack River, the inland edge of the NDA boundary is at the Essex Dam in Lawrence at 71°09′58″ W 42°42′02″ N    
On the Parker River, the inland edge of the NDA boundary is at the MBTA bridge in Newbury at 70° 52′00″ W 42° 45′20″ N    
On the Rowley River, the inland edge of the NDA boundary is at the MBTA bridge on the Rowley/Ipswich town line at 70° 51′28″ W 42° 43′19″ N    
On the Ipswich River, the inland edge of the NDA boundary is at County Street in Ipswich at 70° 50′07″ W 42° 40′44″ N    
On the Essex River, the inland edge of the NDA boundary is at Main Street in Essex at 70° 46′43″ W 42° 37′55″ N    

The eastern edge of the boundary is contiguous with the state/federal line also known as the Submerged Lands Act boundary line and Territorial Sea boundary. The area includes the municipal waters of Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, Ipswich, Rowley, Newbury, Newburyport, Salisbury, Amesbury, West Newbury, Merrimac, Groveland, North Andover, Haverhill, Methuen, and Lawrence.

The information submitted to EPA by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts certifies that there are 13 pumpout facilities located within this area. A list of the facilities, with locations, phone numbers, 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 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)
[Upper North Shore]
Gloucester Cape Ann Marina 75 Essex Ave., Annisquam River 978-283-3293; VHF 10 8am-4pm 6
Gloucester Harbormaster 19 Harbor Loop 978-282-3012; VHF 16 On call N/A
Rockport Harbormaster 34 Broadway 978-546-9589; VHF 9, 16 On call N/A
Ipswich Harbormaster 15 Elm Street, Plum Island Sound 978-356-4343; VHF 9, 16 On call N/A
Rowley Harbormaster 497 Main Street VHF 9 Thur-Tue; 10am-6pm N/A
Rowley, Perley's Marina 109 Warehouse Lane 978-948-2812; VHF 9, 16 Mon-Fri 8am-6pm; Sat-Sun 8am-5pm 4
Newbury Riverfront Marina 292 High Road 978-465-6090; VHF 9 8am-5pm (6pm weekend) 4
Newburyport Cashman Park Merrimack River 978-462-3746; VHF 12, 16 Self Service Memorial Day/End of October 6
Newburyport Harbormaster 60 Pleasant Street 978-462-3746; VHF 12, 16 Fri 1pm-5pm; Sat, Sun & Holidays 9am-5pm N/A
Amesbury Marina at Hatter's Point 60 Merrimac Street 978-388-7333; VHF 9 8am-9pm 4
West Newbury Harbormaster Merrimack River Town Dock 978-363-1213; VHF 9, 16 On call; 9am-5pm N/A
Salisbury Harbormaster Town Wharf 978-499-0740; VHF 12 On call N/A

Dated: June 28, 2010.

H. Curtis Spalding,

Regional Administrator, New England Region.

[FR Doc. 2010-18363 Filed 7-26-10; 8:45 am]

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