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Massachusetts Marine Sanitation Device Standard-Notice of Determination

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Notice of Determination.

SUMMARY:

The Regional Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency—New England Region, has determined that adequate facilities for the safe and sanitary removal and treatment of sewage from all vessels are reasonably available for the state waters of Scituate, Marshfield, Cohasset, and the tidal portions of the North and South Rivers.

ADDRESSES:

Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the http://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 http://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, 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 the state waters of Scituate, Marshfield, Cohasset, and the tidal portions of the North and South Rivers. The area of designation includes:

Waterbody/general areaLatitudeLongitude
Northern extent of Green Harbor at the Rt 139 causeway42°05′11″ N70°39′03″ W.
South and west along the South River to the Willow Street Bridge42°05′34″ N70°42′43″ W.
South and west along the North River to Columbia Road Bridge42°06′26″ N70°48′31″ W.
South along the navigable extent of the Gulf River42°13′30″ N70°47′06″ W.

The NDA boundary also includes coastal waters within municipal boundaries, westward of a delineation that extends from:

Waterbody/general areaLatitudeLongitude
Marshfield municipal boundary42°04′22″ N70°38′54″ W.
East to navigational marker R “2GH” located off Howland Ledge42°04′36″ N70°36′48″ W.
North to navigational marker G “21'' F1 G 4 S. Whistle located east of Minot Light42°16′33″ N70°42′20″ W.
Northwest on a heading to Thieves Ledge G “1'' QG Whistle42°19′ 33″N70°49′ 50″ W.
To Cohasset municipal boundary42°18′34″ N70°47′25″ W.
Southwest to Cohasset municipal boundary42°15′53″ N70°49′34″ W.
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On April 11, 2008, notice was published that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 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 state waters of Scituate, Marshfield, Cohasset, and the tidal portions of the North and South Rivers. No comments were received on this petition.

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 EPA by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts certifies that there are ten 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.

Based on the examination of the petition, its supporting documentation, and information from site visits conducted by EPA New England staff, EPA has 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.

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.

Pumpout Facilities within Proposed No Discharge Area

NameLocationContact infoHoursMean low water depth
Cohasset HarbormasterCohasset Harbor(781) 383-0863 VHF 10, 1615 May-1 Nov 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.N/A. Boat Service.
Cole Parkway MarinaScituate Harbor(781) 545-2130 VHF 915 May-15 October 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.6 ft.
Harbor Mooring ServiceNorth and South Rivers(781) 544-3130 Cell (617) 281-4365 VHF 915 April-1 November Service provided on-callN/A. Boat Service.
James Landing MarinaHerring River, Scituate(781) 545-30001 May-15 Oct 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.6 ft.
Waterline MooringScituate Harbor(781) 545-4154 VHF 9, 1615 May-15 Oct 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Or by appointmentN/A. Boat Service.
Green Harbor Town PierGreen Harbor, Marshfield(781) 834-5541 VHF 9, 161 April-15 Nov 24/7 Self-Serve 15 May-30 Sept Attendant Service 8 a.m.-11:30 p.m.4 ft.
Bridgewaye MarinaSouth River, Marshfield(781) 837-9343 VHF 9, 1115 June-15 October 9-5 p.m6 ft.
Erickson's MarinaSouth River, Marshfield(781) 837-268715 March-15 November 8 a.m.-5 p.m.4 ft.
White's Ferry MarinaSouth River, Marshfield(781) 837-9343 VHF 9, 1115 June-15 October 9-5 p.m4 ft.
Mary's Boat LiveryNorth River, Marshfield(781) 837-2322 VHF 9, 1615 May-1 Oct 8 a.m.-4 p.m.4 ft.
** Marshfield Yacht ClubSouth River, MarshfieldTBATBATBA.
** South River Boat RampSouth River, MarshfieldTBATBATBA.
** Pending facilities.
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Dated: May 14, 2008.

Robert W. Varney,

Regional Administrator, Region 1.

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[FR Doc. E8-11485 Filed 5-21-08; 8:45 a.m.]

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