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Massachusetts Marine Sanitation Device Standard; Receipt of Petition; Buzzards Bay

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Notice is hereby given that a petition has been received from the State of Massachusetts requesting a determination from the Regional Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, pursuant to Section 312(f)(3) of Public Law 92-500 as amended by Public Law 95-217 and Public Law 100-4, that adequate facilities for the safe and sanitary removal and treatment of sewage from all vessels are reasonably available for Buzzards Bay, surrounded by the towns Acushnet, Bourne, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Falmouth, Gosnold, Marion, Mattapoisett, New Bedford, Rochester, and Wareham, in the State of Massachusetts, to qualify as a “No Discharge Area” (NDA). The proposed area encompasses approximately 210 square miles. The areas covered under this petition include:


70°37′27.48″ 41°44′14.64″—Canal Entrance West

70°37′21.36″ 41°44′10.68″—Canal Entrance East

The State of Massachusetts has certified that there are thirty disposal facilities available to service vessels operating in the waters of Buzzards Bay. A list of the facilities, phone numbers, locations, and hours of operation is appended at the end of this petition. An additional seven facilities are pending or under construction. Of the thirty current facilities, sixteen are fixed shore Start Printed Page 37789based facilities, one is a mobile cart, and thirteen are pumpout boats. Eight of the sixteen fixed, shore based facilities discharge to holding tanks which have capacities ranging from 110 to 1000 gallons. The other twenty-two facilities discharge directly to municipal sewage systems. In addition, there are shoreside restrooms located at the majority of marinas.

The estimated number of boats registered to residents in Buzzards Bay is 13,163 according to Registry of Motor Vehicle data. The State of Massachusetts estimates there are 2000 registered vessels in Buzzards Bay that may have Marine Sanitation Devices. In addition to the vessels that reside in Buzzards Bay, there is an estimated transient population of 700 vessels which may have marine sanitation devices.

In 1987 Buzzards Bay was designated as a National Estuary Program. In 1991 the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan was approved for the Bay and it's watersheds. The Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan recommends that the Bay become a No Discharge Area to achieve greater water quality protection. The eleven municipalities surrounding Buzzards Bay express support for the Bay wide No Discharge Designation.

Comments and reviews regarding this request, to designate approximately 210 square miles in Buzzards Bay becoming as a No Discharge Area, for the boating population, may be filed on or before July 17, 2000. Such communications, or requests for information should be addressed to: Ann Rodney, U.S. EPA New England Region, 1 Congress Street, Suite 1100, CWQ, Boston, MA 02114-2023, (617) 918-1538, (617) 918-1505 (fax),

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Dated: June 7, 2000.

Mindy S. Lubber,

Regional Administrator, EPA, New England Region.

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City/townLocationVHF Chan.TelephoneHours
FalmouthWoods Hole Marine, pumpout boat9508-540-2402
FalmouthQuisset Harbor boatyard, pumpout boat9508-548-05068-6/7
FalmouthBrewer's Fiddler Cove, dockside facility9508-564-63279-5/7
FalmouthBrewer's Fiddler Cove, pump-out cart9508-564-63279-5/7
FalmouthTown owned boat: W. Falmouth/Waquoit Bay
BourneParker's boat Yard, dockside facility68508-563-93668-8/7
BourneKingman Marine, dockside facility9508-563-71368-8/7
BourneDockside Facility, Pocasset River, town operated
BourneMonument Beach Marina, dockside facility, town owned
BourneBourne Marina, dock-side facility9508-759-06238-5/7
BourneBourne Marina, pumpout boat #1, serving northside9508-759-06238-5/7
BourneBourne Marina, pumpout boat #2, serving southside9508-759-06238-5/7
WarehamBevans/Continental Marina, dockside facility9508-759-5451Call
WarehamOnset Bay Marina, dockside facility9508-295-0338Call
WarehamOnset Bay Marina, pumpout boat9508-295-0338Call
WarehamPt. Independence YC, dockside facility9508-295-3972Call
WarehamStonebridge Marina, dockside facility9508-295-8003Call
WarehamOnset Town Pier, dockside facility9508-295-8160Call
WarehamWarr's Marine, dockside facility9508-295-0022Call
WarehamWarr's Marine (Town oper.) pumpout boat #19508-291-3100Call
MarionIsland Wharf, dockside facility9508-748-35358-5/7
MarionIsland Wharf, Pumpout boat9508-748-35358-5/7
MattapoisettMattapoisett boat Yard, pumpout boat68508-758-38128-4/5
MattapoisettMattapoisett Town Dock, pumpout boat
MattapoisettMattapoisett Town Dock, dockside facility68508-758-41918-5/5
FairhavenEarl's Marina, dockside facility18508-993-86007-6/7
FairhavenShipyard Marine, pumpout boat does entire town9508-979-4023On Call
FairhavenShipyard Marine, pumpout boat
New BedfordPope's Island Marina, dockside facility9, 74508-979-14567-8/7
New BedfordState Pier facility, dockside facility, large vessels
New BedfordProposed Boat
DartmouthNo. Side Bridge, Town Dock, pumpout boat9508-999-07598-8/7
DartmouthDavis & Tripp's Marina, pumpout boat9508-999-07598-8/7
WestportTripp's Marina9508-636-4058Call
WestportWestport Point-Town Dock, boat #19508-636-1105Call
WestportWestport Point-Town Dock, boat #29508-636-1105Call
BaywideCBB Bay Keeper, Gosnold and Bay-wideTBA508-999-6363TBA
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[FR Doc. 00-15026 Filed 6-15-00; 8:45 am]