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Connecticut Marine Sanitation Device Standard; Receipt of Petition

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Notice is hereby given that a petition has been received from the State of Connecticut requesting a determination by 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 the area covered under this petition, which is:

Waterbody/general areaLatitudeLongitude
Hoadley Point in Guilford41°15′22.88″ N72°44′09.73″ W
Due South from Hoadley to the Boundary between CT and NY41°07′51.17″ N72°44′09.73″ W
Easterly boundary between CT and NY to a point due South of Eastern Point in Groton41°15′54.55″ N72°04′31.09″ W
Due North to Easter Point in Groton41°19′08.94″ N72°04′31.09″ W
CT and MA State boundary of the CT River42°01′54.69″ N72°36′31.02″ W
Navigable Rivers: Hammonasset, Menunketesuck, Niantic and the Thames

The area also includes the navigable reaches of the Hammonasset River, Menunketesuck River, Niantic River and the Thames River that drain into Long Island Sound, and the Connecticut River within State boundaries.

The coastal towns bordering the proposed No Discharge Area are: Guilford, Madison, Clinton, Westbrook, Old Saybrook, Old Lyme, East Lyme, Waterford, and New London. There are 26 inland towns which border the five rivers that are included in this proposed No Discharge Area designation.

The State of Connecticut has certified that there are 36 pumpout facilities located within the proposed area, and a list of the facilities, phone numbers, Start Printed Page 54743locations, and hours of operation is appended at the end of this petition. There are 29 fixed shore-based facilities, four portable facilities, three pumpout boats, and ten dump stations. Three of the fixed shore facilities offer additional portable facilities. The majority of the pumpout facilities' wastes are collected in a holding tank and then properly disposed, by a licensed waste hauler to an off site facility. In Groton, Norwich, New London, Waterford, and East Lyme, pumpout facilities discharge directly to the town sewer systems.

In addition, there are approximately 107 marinas, docking areas, and boatyards within the proposed No Discharge Area, and the majority of these marine facilities have restrooms available for their patrons.

The State of Connecticut has provided documentation indicating that the total vessel population is estimated to be 7500 in the proposed area. Of these, approximately 7200 are identified as recreational, 300 are identified as commercial, and the transient vessel population is estimated to be 430, which is included in the total figure. It is estimated that 4,000 or 53% of the total vessel population may have a Marine Sanitation Device (MSD) of some type. These total numbers may be overestimated and conservative by the State of Connecticut, which would give the boating public a larger ratio of pumpouts to boats (300-600 vessels for every one facility.)

There are 36 wildlife management areas, two state parks, approximately 33 public beaches, and 19 boat ramps located within the proposed No Discharge Area. The area is used by both recreational and commercial shell fishermen for the harvest of hard clams, small populations of bay scallops, soft shell clams and blue mussels. In addition fishing is commonplace and the species found in the area include hickory shad, striped bass, bluefish, summer flounder, scup, weakfish and blackfish. The proposed area has a variety of rich natural habitats and supports a wide diversity of species. The federally listed species include the bald eagle, shortnose sturgeon, piping plover, and the puritan tiger beetle as well as dozens of state-rare and endangered species.

Comments and reviews regarding this request for action may be filed on or before October 31, 2005. Such communications, or requests for information or a copy of the applicant's petition, should be addressed to Ann Rodney, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency—New England Region, One Congress Street, Suite 1100, COP, Boston, MA 02114-2023. Telephone: (617) 918-1538.

List of Pumpouts in the Proposed Area

NameLocationContact informationHours of operation (call ahead to verify)Mean low water depth (feet)Fee
The Guilford Yacht ClubWest River, GuilfordVHF CH 71, 203-458-3048May 1-Nov 30, daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.8Free / $5 for non-members.
Cerino's Marina at Clinton Yacht HavenHammonasset River, ClintonVHF CH 9, 72, 860-669-7716May 1-Nov 1, daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.9$5.
Riverside Basin Marina IncHammonasset River, ClintonVHF CH 9, 860-669-1503May 1-Oct 31, daily 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.6Free.
Cedar Island MarinaClinton Harbor, ClintonVHF CH 9, 68, 860-669-8681May 1-Oct 31, daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.8Free / $5 for non-members.
Brewer Pilot's Point Marina (North Yard)Westbrook Harbor, WestbrookVHF CH 9, 860-399-5128July 1-Aug 31, daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.8Free / $5 for non-members.
Brewer Pilot's Point (East Yard)Westbrook Harbor, WestbrookVHF CH 9, 860-399-8421July 1-Aug 31, daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.7Free / $5 for non-members.
Brewer Pilot's Point Marina (South Yard)Westbrook Harbor, WestbrookVHF CH 9, 860-399-7806July 1-Aug 31, daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.12Free / $5 for non-members.
Brewer Pilot's Point Marina (Pumpout Boat)Westbrook Harbor, WestbrookVHF CH 9, 860-399-7806July 1-Aug 31, daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.12$5.
Harry's Marine RepairPatchogue River, Westbrook860-399-6165April 1-Oct 31, daily 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.7$5.
Saybrook Point MarinaConnecticut River, Old SaybrookVHF CH 9 860-395-3080May 1-Oct 31, daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.7$5.
Brewer Ferry Point MarinaConnecticut River, Old SaybrookVHF CH 9 860-388-3260May 1-Oct 31, M-W 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Th-F 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun 8 a.m.-5 p.m.6Free.
Between the Bridges MarinaConnecticut River, Old SaybrookVHF CH 7, 9 860-388-1431May 1-Nov 15, daily 8 a.m.-5 p.m.14$10.
Ragged Rock MarinaConnecticut River, Old Saybrook860-388-1049May 1-Nov 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.10$5.
Lower Connecticut River Pumpout BoatLower Connecticut RiverVHF CH 68TBDN/AFree.
State DEP Marine DivisionConnecticut River, Old LymeVHF CH 9 860-434-8638Memorial Day-Columbus Day, M-F 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat, Sun and Monday holidays 9 a.m.-7 p.m.4Free.
Seaboard MarinaConnecticut River, GlastonburyVHF CH 68 860-657-3232Apr 1-Oct 31, daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.7$5.
Yankee Boat Yard & MarinaConnecticut River, PortlandVHF CH 68, 860-342-4735Apr 1-Nov 30, daily 8 a.m.-6 p.m.10$5.
Midway MarinaConnecticut River, HaddamVHF CH 9, 13May 1-Oct 31, M-F 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sun by appointment8Free/$5 for non-members.
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Andrews MarinaConnecticut River, East Haddam860-345-2286May 1-Nov 30, daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m.5Free.
Hays Haven MarinaConnecticut River, ChesterVHF CH 9, 860-526-9366May 1-Oct 31, daily 8 a.m.-5 p.m.6Free.
Chrisholm MarinaConnecticut River, ChesterVHF CH 9, 860-526-5147Apr 1-Nov 30, daily 8 a.m.-5 p.m.6Free.
Chester MarinaConnecticut River, ChesterVHF CH 9, 860-526-2227No data6No data.
Brewer Deep River MarinaConnecticut River, Deep RiverVHF CH 9, 860-526-5580May 1-Oct 31, daily 8 a.m.-4 p.m.10$5.
Brewer Dauntless ShipyardConnecticut River, EssexVHF CH 9, 860-767-0001June 1-Sept 30, daily 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.12Free / $5 for non-members.
The Chandlery at EssexConnecticut River, EssexVHF CH 68, 860-767-8257May 1-Oct 31, M-Th 8 a.m.-5 p.m., F-Sun 8 a.m.-6 p.m.12Free / $5 for non-members.
Reynold's Garage and MarineHamburg Cove, Lyme860-434-0028May 1-Oct 31 M-Sat 9-54-5$5.
Niantic Bay MarinaNiantic River, WaterfordVHF CH 9, 860-782-3774May 1-Oct 31, M-Th 10 a.m.-4 p.m.5$5.
Port Niantic MarinaNiantic River, East LymeVHF CH 9, 860-739-2155May 1-Oct 15, M-F 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat and Sun 8 a.m.-12 p.m.7$5.
Bayreuther's Boat Yard, IncSmith Cove (Niantic), East LymeVHF CH 8, 9, 860-739-6264May 1-Oct 31, daily 9 a.m.-4 p.m.6$0.50 per gallon.
Niantic River Pumpout BoatNiantic River, East Lyme, WaterfordVHF CH 68May 30-Nov 1, Sat, Sun and Monday holidays 9 a.m.-5 p.m.N/AFree.
Niantic DockominiumNiantic River, East Lyme860-739-8585May 15-Nov 15, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.$5.
Burr's Yacht Haven, IncThames River, New LondonVHF CH 9, 78, 860-443-8457May 1-Oct 31 M-Th 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., F-Sun 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.9$5.
Thamesport MarinaThames River, New LondonVHF CH 9, 68, 860-437-7022Mar 1-Nov 30, daily 8 a.m.-8 p.m.13$5.
Crocker's Boatyard, IncThames River, New LondonVHF CH 9, 10, 860-443-6304Mar 1-Nov 30, daily 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.12Free.
City of Groton Wastewater Treatment FacilityThames River, New LondonVHF CH 72, 860-446-4806May 1-Oct 31, M-F 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat-Sun 7 a.m.-10 p.m.20+$5.
Marina at American WharfThames River (Norwich Harbor), NorwichVHF CH 68, 860-886-6363Apr 1-Nov 30, daily 8 a.m.-8 p.m.25$3 (portable), Free at gas dock.
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Dated: August 31, 2005.

Robert W. Varney,

Regional Administrator, New England Region.

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[FR Doc. 05-18014 Filed 9-15-05; 8:45 am]

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