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Marine Sanitation Device Standard; Casco Bay, Maine; Receipt of Petition

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Notice is hereby given that a petition has been received from the State of Maine 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 Casco Bay area.

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 southern boundary is a straight line between the points, however it does not include any waters outside of the three mile limit. 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 coastal towns bordering the proposed No Discharge Area are: Cape Elizabeth, South Portland, Portland, Long Island, Falmouth, Cumberland, Yarmouth, Freeport, Brunswick, Harpswell, West Bath, and Phippsburg. There are eleven inland towns which border the six rivers that are included in this proposed No Discharge Area designation.

The State of Maine has certified that there are twenty pumpout facilities located within the proposed area and a list of the facilities, phone numbers, locations, and hours of operation is appended at the end of this petition. There are 11 fixed shore-based facilities, seven portable facilities, one pumpout boat, and one dump stations. The majority of the pumpout facilities discharge directly to town sewer systems or are collected in a holding tank and then properly disposed by a licensed waste hauler to an off site facility.

In addition, there are approximately 19 large marinas, docking areas, and boatyards within the proposed No Discharge Area, the majority of which have restrooms available for their patrons.

The State of Maine has provided documentation indicating that the total vessel population is estimated to be 4896 in the proposed area. Of these, approximately 3476 are identified as recreational, 1420 are identified as commercial, and the transient vessel population is estimated to be 1288, which is included in the total figure. It is estimated that 3897 or approximately 80% of the total vessel population may have a Marine Sanitation Device (MSD) of some type. The state of Maine is within the ratio of pumpouts to boats from the EPA guidance (300-600 vessels for every one facility).

The coastline and coastal waters within the proposed NDA contain a variety of rich natural habitats and support a wide diversity of species, providing a range of recreational and commercial activities. There are 22 boat ramps, numerous lighthouses, seven historical forts, two state parks, and twenty-two individual harbors. One of the largest cities in Maine is located in the proposed area and the tourist traffic from day trips, ferry cruises, fishing and whale watching excursion is a major contributor to the area economy.

Casco Bay is part of the National Estuary Program, having been designated an “estuary of national significance” by EPA in 1990. The Maine coastal area is also part of the larger ecosystem of the Gulf of Maine, which is the subject of an international ecosystem management program involving the United States and Canada.

The proposed area has a variety of rich natural habitats, and supports a wide diversity of species. It has approximately 500 acres of rocky shore that supports seaweeds, periwinkles, mussels, barnacles, and crabs. There are approximately 150 species of water birds, two species of seals, four species of whales, two species of dolphins and harbor porpoises. Both recreational and commercial shell fishermen use the area for the harvest of soft shell clams, mussels, scallops, and surf clams. The flats support commercial harvests of sandworms and bloodworms. In addition Casco Bay supports recreational and commercial fishing and the species found in the area are pollock, sculpin, skate, winter flounder, and smelt.

Comments and reviews regarding this request for action may be filed on or before April 17, 2006. 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.Start Printed Page 7965

List of Pumpouts in the Proposed Area

Location/waterbodyName/companyContact informationHours of operationMinimum depth
New Meadows River, BrunswickNew Meadows Marina207-443-6277, VHF CH 9June-Sept., 8am-5pm M-F Weekend by appt4′
Merepoint Bay, BrunswickPaul's Marina207-729-3067, VHF 9June-Sept., Self Serve 24/710′
Casco Bay, FalmouthFalmouth Public Landing207-781-7317, VHF 9June-Sept., Self Serve 24/710′
Casco Bay, FalmouthHandy Boat207-781-5110, VHF 9June-Sept., 8am-8pm 7 days4′
Casco Bay, FreeportBrewers South Freeport Marine207-865-3181, VHF 9June-Sept., 8am-8pm 7 days10′
Casco Bay, FreeportStrouts Point Wharf207-865-3899, VHF 9June-Sept., 8am-8pm 7 days10′
Potts Harbor, HarpswellDolphin Marine Services207-833-6000, VHF 9June-Sept., 8am-8pm 7 days10′
Orrs Harbor, HarpswellGreat Island Boatyard207-729-1639, VHF 9June-Sept., 8am-8pm 7 days10′
Sebasco Harbor, PhippsburgSebasco Harbor Resort207-389-1161, VHF 9June-Sept., 8am-8pm 7 days6′
Diamond Cove, PortlandDiamond Cove Marina207-766-5850, VHF 9June-Sept., 8am-8pm 7 days6′
Portland Harbor, PortlandDiMillos Old Port Marina207-773-7632, VHF 9May-Oct., 8am-8pm 7 days10′
Portland Harbor, PortlandMaine Yacht Center207-842-9000, VHF 9June-Sept., 8am-8pm 7 days10′
Portland Harbor, PortlandPortland Yacht Services207-774-1067, VHF 9June-Sept., 8am-8pm 7 days10′
Fore River, South PortlandCity of South Portland207-767-3201, VHF 9June-Sept., 8am-8pm 7 days6′
Casco Bay, South PortlandFriends Of Casco Bay207-776-0136, VHF 9June-Sept., By apt10′
Portland Harbor, South PortlandSouth Port Marine207-799-8191, VHF 9June-Sept., 8am-8pm 7 days4′
Portland Harbor, South PortlandSpring Point Marina207-767-3213, VHF 9June-Sept., 8am-8pm 7 days10′
Portland Harbor, South PortlandSunset Marina207-767-4729, VHF 9June-Sept., 8am-8pm 7 days6′
Portland Harbor, South PortlandAspasia Marina207-767-3010, VHF 9June-Sept., 8am-8pm 7 days10′
Royal River, YarmouthYankee Marina207-846-4326, VHF 9June-Sept., 8am-8pm 7 days6′
Royal River, YarmouthYarmouth Boat Yard207-846-9050, VHF 9June-Sept., 8am-8pm 7 days10′
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Dated: February 5, 2006.

Robert W. Varney,

Regional Administrator, New England—Region 1.

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[FR Doc. E6-2141 Filed 2-14-06; 8:45 am]