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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 Cape Cod Bay in the municipalities of Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham, Orleans, Brewster, Dennis, Yarmouth, Barnstable, Sandwich and Bourne.

ADDRESSES:

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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:

On May 22, 2008, EPA published a notice 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 Cape Cod Bay in the municipalities of Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham, Orleans, Brewster, Dennis, Yarmouth, Barnstable, Sandwich and Bourne. Two 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.Start Printed Page 43442

This Notice of Determination is for the state waters of Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham, Orleans, Brewster, Dennis, Yarmouth, Barnstable, Sandwich and Bourne, collectively referred to as Cape Cod Bay. The NDA includes:

Waterbody/general areaLatitudeLongitude
Eastern Landward Boundary—Line of longitude70°10′00″ W.
Northeastern Seaward Boundary—West along State Territorial line42°08′00″ N70°10′00″ W.
Northwestern Landward Boundary—State Line intersection with Mean High Water line42°09′00″ N70°42′00″ W.

The NDA boundary includes the municipal waters of Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham, Orleans, Brewster, Dennis, Yarmouth, Barnstable, Sandwich and Bourne and extends to the boundary between state and federal waters. Cape Cod Bay is bordered on three sides by the geographic landforms of Cape Cod and the South Shore of Massachusetts.

The information submitted to EPA by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts certifies that there are eight pumpout facilities located within this 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)
Sandwich MarinaSandwich(508) 833-0808 VHF 9, 168 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week5
Barnstable Town MarinaBarnstable(508) 790-6272 VHF 9, 168 a.m.-4 p.m., 7 days a week4.5
Northside MarinaEast Dennis(508) 385-3936 VHF 78 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week8
Orleans Town Pier at Rock HarborOrleans(508) 240-3755 VHF 16, 668 a.m.-4 p.m., 7 days a week4
Town of Wellfleet MarinaWellfleet(508) 349-0320 VHF 98 a.m.-6 p.m., 7 days a week6
Provincetown HarborProvincetown(508) 487-7030 VHF 9, 1610 a.m.-4 p.m., 7 days a week6
DennisDennis(508) 385-5555 VHF 9, 687 days a week5
ProvincetownProvincetown(508) 489-7030 VHF 687 days a week5
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Dated: July 7, 2008.

Robert W. Varney,

Regional Administrator, New England Region.

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[FR Doc. E8-17101 Filed 7-24-08; 8:45 am]

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