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Connecticut Sanitation Device Standard; Notice of Determination

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This Notice of Determination is for all Connecticut waters between Eastern Point in Groton, to Hoadley Point in Start Printed Page 27722Guilford, and 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.

On September 16, 2005, notice was published that the State of Connecticut 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 Connecticut waters from Eastern Point, Groton, due south to the border between Connecticut and New York, then west following the state border to a point on that line due south of Hoadley Point, Guilford, then due north to Hoadley Point. 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 petition was filed pursuant to Section 312 (f)(3) of Public Law 92-500, 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 me by the State of Connecticut certifies that there are 36 pumpout facilities, 29 shore-based facilities, four portable facilities, three pumpout boats and ten dump stations located within the proposed 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 and its supporting documentation and information from site visits by EPA New England staff, I have 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. The area includes:

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′ 1.02″ W.
Navigable Rivers: Hammonasset, Menunketesuck, Niantic and the Thames

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

This determination is made pursuant to Section 312(f)(3) of Public Law 92-500, as amended by Public Laws 95-217 and 100-4.

EPA has prepared a response to the eleven comments received during the 45-day comment period, which it may be requested from EPA by writing to: Ann Rodney, U.S. EPA New England, 1 Congress Street, Suite 1100, COP, Boston, MA 02114-2023.

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.m8Free/$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.m9$5.
Riverside Basin Marina IncHammonasset River, ClintonVHF CH 9, 860-669-1503May 1-Oct 31, daily 7 a.m. to 5 p.m6Free.
Cedar Island MarinaClinton Harbor, ClintonVHF CH 9, 68, 860-669-8681May 1-Oct 31, daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m8Free/$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.m8Free/$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.m7Free/$5 for non-members.
Brewer Pilot's Point Marina (South Yard)Westbrook Harbor, WestbrookVHF CH 9, 806-399-7806July 1-Aug 31, daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m12Free/$5 for non-members.
Brewer Pilot's Point Marina (Pumpout Boat)Westbrook Harbor, WestbrookVHF CH 9, 806-399-7806July 1-Aug 31, daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m12$5.
Harry's Marine RepairPatchogue River, Westbrook860-399-6165Apr 1-Oct 31, daily 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m7$5.
Saybrook Point MarinaConnecticut River, Old SaybrookVHF CH 9, 860-395-3080May 1-Oct 31, daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m7$5.
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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.m6Free.
Between the Bridges MarinaConnecticut River, Old SaybrookVHF CH 7, 9, 860-388-1431May 1-Nov 15, daily 8 a.m.-5 p.m14$10.
Ragged Rock MarinaConnecticut River, Old Saybrook860-388-1049May 1-Nov 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m10$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.m4Free.
Seaboard MarinaConnecticut River, GlastonburyVHF CH 68, 860-657-3232Apr 1-Oct 31, daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m7$5.
Yankee Boat Yard & MarinaConnecticut River, PortlandVHF CH 68, 860-342-4735Apr 1-Nov 30, daily 8 a.m.-6 p.m10$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.
Andrews MarinaConnecticut River, East Haddam860-345-2286May 1-Nov 30, daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m5Free.
Hays Haven MarinaConnecticut River, ChesterVHF CH 9, 860-526-9366May 1-Oct 31, daily 8 a.m.-5 p.m6Free.
Chrisholm MarinaConnecticut River, ChesterVHF CH 9, 860-526-5147Apr 1-Nov 30, daily 8 a.m.-5 p.m6Free.
Chester MarinaConnecticut River, ChesterVHF CH 16, 860-526-2227Please call6No data.
Brewer Deep River MarinaConnecticut River, Deep RiverVHF CH 9, 806-526-5580May 1-Oct 31, daily 8 a.m.-4 p.m10$5.
Brewer Dauntless ShipyardConnecticut River, EssexVHF CH 9, 860-767-0001June 1-Sept 30, daily 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m12Free/$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.m12Free/$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, 860-444-1999May 1-Oct 31, M-Th 10 a.m.-4 p.m5$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.m7$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.m6.$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.mN/AFree.
Niantic DockominiumNiantic River, East Lyme860-739-8585May 15-Nov 15, 8-45$5.
Burr's Yacht Haven, IncThames River, New LondonVHF CH 9, 78, 860-443-8457May 1-Oct 31 M-Th 8:30-5:30, F-Sun 8:30-6:309$5.
Thamesport MarinaThames River, New LondonVHF CH 9, 68, 860-437-7022Mar 1-Nov 30, daily 8 a.m.-8 p.m13$5.
Crocker's Boatyard, IncThames River, New LondonVHF Ch 9, 10, 860-443-6304Mar 1-Nov 30, daily 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m12Free.
City of Groton Wastewater Treatment FacilityThames River, New LondonVHF CH 72, 860-446-4086May 1-Oct 31 M-F 7-3 Sat-Sun 7-1020+$5.
Marina at American WharfThames River (Norwich Harbor), NorwichVHF CH 68, 860-886-6363Apr 1-Nov 30, daily 8 a.m.-8 p.m25$3 (portable), Free at gas dock.
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Dated: May 4, 2006.

Robert W. Varney,

Regional Administrator, Region 1.

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[FR Doc. E6-7275 Filed 5-11-06; 8:45 am]

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