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Maine Marine Sanitation Device Standard-Notice of Determination

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

I, the Regional Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency—New England Region, have determined that adequate facilities for the safe and sanitary removal and treatment of sewage from all vessels are reasonably available for the Casco Bay area covered under this determination.

ADDRESSES:

Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copy-righted material, will be publicly available only in hard copy. Publicly available docket materials are available electronically in www.regulations.gov.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ann Rodney, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency—New England Region, One Congress Street, Suite 1100, Mailcode-COP, Boston, MA 02114-2023. Telephone: (617) 918-0538, Fax number: (617) 918-1505; e-mail address: Rodney.ann@epa.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

This Notice of Determination is for Casco Bay, Maine. 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 area also includes the navigable reaches of the Fore River, Presumpscot River, Royal River, Cousins River, Harraseeket River, and the New Meadows River.

On February 17, 2006, notice was published that the State of Maine 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 Casco Bay, the area 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 area also includes the navigable reaches of the Fore River, Presumpscot River, Royal River, Cousins River, Harraseeket River, and the New Meadows River.

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 Maine certifies that there are 20 pumpout facilities 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. Start Printed Page 36528

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 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 area also includes the navigable reaches of the Fore River, Presumpscot River, Royal River, Cousins River, Harraseeket River, and the New Meadows River.

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 eight comments it received during the 45-day comment period, which may be requested from EPA by writing to: Ann Rodney, U.S. EPA New England, One Congress Street, Suite 1100, mail code-COP, Boston, MA 02114-2023.

List of Pumpouts in the Area

Location/waterbodyName/companyContact informationHours of operationMinimum depth
New Meadows River, BrunswickNew Meadows Marina207-443-6277 VHF CH 9June-Sept 8 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F Weekend by appt.4′
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. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 7 days4′
Casco Bay, FreeportBrewers South Freeport Marine207-865-3181 VHF 9June-Sept. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 7 days10′
Casco Bay, FreeportStrouts Point Wharf207-865-3899 VHF 9June-Sept. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 7 days10′
Potts Harbor, HarpswellDolphin Marine Services207-833-6000 VHF 9June-Sept. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 7 days10′
Orrs Harbor, HarpswellGreat Island Boatyard207-729-1639 VHF 9June-Sept. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 7 days10′
Sebasco Harbor, PhippsburgSebasco Harbor Resort207-389-1161 VHF 9June-Sept. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 7 days6′
Di a.m.ond Cove, PortlandDi a.m.ond Cove Marina207-766-5850 VHF 9June-Sept. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 7 days6′
Portland Harbor, PortlandDiMillos Old Port Marina207-773-7632 VHF 9May-Oct. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 7 days10′
Portland Harbor, PortlandMaine Yacht Center207-842-9000 VHF 9June-Sept. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 7 days10′
Portland Harbor, PortlandPortland Yacht Services207-774-1067 VHF 9June-Sept. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 7 days10′
Fore River, South PortlandCity of South Portland207-767-3201 VHF 9June-Sept. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 7 days6′
Casco Bay, South PortlandFriends Of Casco Bay207-776-0136 VHF 9June-Sept. By apt.10′
Portland Harbor, South PortlandSouth Port Marine207-799-8191 VHF 9June-Sept. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 7 days4′
Portland Harbor, South PortlandSpring Point Marina207-767-3213 VHF 9June-Sept. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 7 days10′
Portland Harbor, South PortlandSunset Marina207-767-4729 VHF 9June-Sept. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 7 days6′
Portland Harbor, South PortlandAspasia Marina207-767-3010 VHF 9June-Sept. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 7 days10′
Royal River, YarmouthYankee Marina207-846-4326 VHF 9June-Sept. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 7 days6′
Royal River, YarmouthYarmouth Boat Yard207-846-9050 VHF 9June-Sept. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 7 days10′
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Dated: June 21, 2006.

Robert W. Varney,

Regional Administrator, Region 1.

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[FR Doc. E6-10092 Filed 6-26-06; 8:45 a.m.]

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