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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 Boston, Braintree, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Hingham, Hull, Milton, Newton, Quincy, Watertown, Weymouth, and Winthrop.

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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 Boston, Braintree, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Hingham, Hull, Milton, Newton, Quincy, Watertown, Weymouth, and Winthrop. The area of designation includes:

Waterbody/general areaLatitudeLongitude
Landside Town boundary between Revere and Winthrop42°23′30″ N70°58′50″ W
Offshore town boundary between Nahant, Revere, and Winthrop42°24′28″ N70°57′33″ W
Offshore town boundary between Nahant and Winthrop42°23′13″ N70°55′28″ W
Offshore town boundary between Nahant and Winthrop42°23′04″ N70°54′04″ W
Offshore town boundary between Nahant and Winthrop42°23′32″ N70°51′28″ W
Aid to Navigation RW “BG” Mo (A), 1.6nm NNE of the Graves42°23′27” N70°51′30” W
Aid to Navigation G “5” Fl G 4s WHISTLE, 0.8nm NE of the Graves42°22′34″ N70°51′29″ W
Aid to Navigation R “2” Fl R 4s BELL, Three & One-Half Fathom Ledge42°21′04″ N70°50′31″ W
Aid to Navigation G “1” Q G WHISTLE, Thieves Ledge42°19′32″ N70°49′51″ W
Offshore town boundary between Hull and Cohasset42°18′34″ N70°47′25″ W
Landside boundary between Hull and Cohasset42°15′54″ N70°49′34″ W

The landward boundaries of the NDA are:

Waterbody/general areaLatitudeLongitude
The Saratoga Street bridge between Winthrop and Boston42°22′58″ N70°59′40″ W
The railway bridge on the Chelsea River between Chelsea and Revere42°24′06″ N71°00′40″ W
The Amelia Earhart Dam on the Mystic River42°23′42″ N71°04′30″ W
The Watertown Dam on the Charles River42°21′55″ N71°11′22″ W
The Baker Dam on the Neponset River42°16′15″ N71°04′08″ W
The Shaw Street bridge on the Weymouth Fore River42°13′20″ N71°58′25″ W
Where Bridge Street crosses the Weymouth Back River between Weymouth and Hingham42°14′50″ N70°55′52″ W
Where Nantasket Avenue crosses the Weir River between Hingham and Hull42°15′37″ N70°50′41″ W

On June 6, 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 Boston, Braintree, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Hingham, Hull, Milton, Newton, Quincy, Watertown, Weymouth, and Winthrop. Three 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 35 pumpout facilities located within the 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 the No Discharge Area

NameLocationContact info.HoursMean low water depth (ft)
Boston Harbor Shipyard and MarinaBoston(617) 561-1400 VHF 97 a.m.-8 p.m. On call*** 25
The Marina At Rowes WharfBoston(617) 439-3131 VHF 98 a.m.-4 p.m. May 1-Oct 3110
Boston Waterboat MarinaBoston(617) 523-1027 VHF 97 a.m.-7 p.m. Call ahead*** 5 to 25
Boston Yacht HavenBoston(617) 367-5050 VHF 98 a.m.-7 p.m.10
Black Falcon PierBoston(617) 946-44179 a.m.-5 p.m.35
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**Boston Harbor CruisesBoston(617) 227-43216:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (weekdays)22
10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (weekends)
Boston Towing & TransportationBoston(617) 567-910024/7***
*City of BostonBostonTBDTBD***
*Berth 10Boston(617) 918-6203TBD
**Mass Bays LinesBoston(617) 542-8000
Charles River Yacht ClubCambridge(617) 354-8881 VHF 98 a.m.-8 p.m.***
**Charles Riverboat CompanyCambridge(617) 621-3001
Constitution MarinaCharlestown(617) 241-9818 VHF 699 a.m.-8 p.m. (summer) 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (winter)30 ***
Mystic MarineCharlestown(617) 293-6247 VHF 727 a.m.-7 p.m. (Mon-Fri)35 35
Shipyard Quarters MarinaCharlestown(617) 242-2020 VHF 7, 9,168 a.m.-7 p.m.*** 20
Charleston Pier 4Charlestown(617) 918-6231Appointment Only30
*Charlestown Pier 3Charlestown(617) 918-6201TBD
**Constellation TugCharlestown(617) 561-022324/7***
Marine At Admirals HillChelsea(617) 889-4002 VHF 9, 108 a.m.-5 p.m.6
Dorchester Yacht ClubDorchester(617) 436-1002 VHF 98 a.m.-6 p.m.7
Port Norfolk Yacht ClubDorchester(617) 822-3333 VHF 9, 1124/7 self-service7.5
Town of HinghamHingham(781) 741-1450 VHF 12, 163 p.m.-7 p.m. (Tue, Thurs, Sat & Sun)***
Town of HullHull(781) 925-0316 VHF 9,168 a.m.-4 p.m.*** *TBD
Quincy BayQuincy(617) 908-9757 VHF 98 a.m.-4 p.m. (weekend) High-tide (weekday)*** ***
Bay Pointe MarinaQuincy(617) 471-1777 VHF 9Call ahead8
Captain's Cove MarinaQuincy(617) 328-3331 VHF 6924/76
Marina Bay on Boston HarborQuincy(617) 847-1800 VHF 107:30 a.m.-8 p.m.***
Town River Yacht ClubQuincy(617) 471-2716 VHF 71Call ahead35
**Harbor ExpressQuincy(617) 542-8000
Watertown Yacht ClubWatertown(617) 924-98488 a.m.-4 p.m. (Tue-Thur, Sat) 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Fri)6
Wessagussett Yacht ClubWeymouthVHF 716 a.m.-8 p.m. (Mon-Fri) 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (Sat-Sun)8
Town of WinthropWinthrop(617) 839-4000 VHF 9,1610 a.m.-8 p.m.*** 8 to 30
* = Pending facilities.
** = Private commercial facilities.
*** = Not applicable.
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Dated: July 9, 2008.

Robert W. Varney,

Regional Administrator, Region 1.

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[FR Doc. E8-16981 Filed 7-23-08; 8:45 am]

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