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EPA-New England Region I; Massachusetts Marine Sanitation Device Standard; Receipt of Petition

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ACTION:

Notice—Receipt of petition.

SUMMARY:

Notice is hereby given that a petition has been received from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts requesting a determination by the Regional Administrator, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, that adequate facilities for the safe and sanitary removal and treatment of sewage from all vessels are reasonably available for the waters of Nantucket and Vineyard Sounds and the Islands, collectively termed the Southern Cape Cod for the purpose of this notice.

DATES:

Comments must be submitted by May 29, 2012.

ADDRESSES:

Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-R01-OW-2012-0201, by one of the following methods: www.regulations.gov, Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.

Mail and hand delivery: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency—New England Region, Five Post Office Square, Suite 100, OEP06-1, Boston, MA 02109-3912. Deliveries are only accepted during the Regional Office's normal hours of operation (8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays), and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-R01-OW-2012-0201. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through www.regulations.gov, or email. The www.regulations.gov Web site is an “anonymous access” system, which means EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an email comment directly to EPA without going through www.regulations.gov your email address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ann Rodney, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency—New England Region, Five Post Office Square, Suite 100, OEP06-01, Boston, MA 02109-3912. Telephone: (617) 918-1538, Fax number: (617) 918-0538; email address: rodney.ann@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Notice is hereby given that a petition has been received from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts requesting a determination by the Regional Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, pursuant to Section 312(f)(3) of Public Law 92-500 as amended by Public Law 95-217 and Public Law 100-4, that adequate facilities for the safe and sanitary removal and treatment of sewage from all vessels are reasonably available for the Southern Cape Cod area.

The Southern Cape Cod No Discharge Area will encompass the coastal waters for the towns of Chilmark, West Tisbury, Tisbury, Oak Bluffs, Edgartown, Gosnold, Falmouth, Mashpee, Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennis, Harwich, Chatham and Nantucket.

The proposed boundaries of the No Discharge Area for the Southern Cape Cod waters are as follows:

The western-most contiguous area of the NDA is bound by the Buzzards Bay NDA and the Federal/State boundary line:

Waterbody/general areaLatitudeLongitude
West of the Elizabeth Islands41°24′35.11″ N70°56′54.62″ W
West of the Elizabeth Islands41°22′30.32″ N70°59′51.57″ W
West of the Elizabeth Islands41°24′17.81″ N71°02′06.69″ W

The upper-eastern area of the NDA is bound by the Outer Cape NDA:

Waterbody/general areaLatitudeLongitude
South of Monomoy Island41°32′29.79″ N70°00′36.28″ W
South of Monomoy Island41°29′14.59″ N70°00′10.93″ W

The small triangle of Commonwealth waters at the mouth of Buzzards Bay will be bound by the following coordinates along the Federal/State boundary line:

Waterbody/general areaLatitudeLongitude
Mouth of Buzzards Bay41°24′50.40″ N71°02′48.61″ W
Mouth of Buzzards Bay41°25′25.66″ N71°03′31.78″ W
Mouth of Buzzards Bay41°25′18.57″ N71°04′18.47″ W

The two temporarily undesignated areas will be bound by the following coordinates:

Waterbody/general areaLatitudeLongitude
Area 1:
Vineyard Sound41°30′33.61″ N70°40′06.67″ W
Vineyard Sound41°30′49.20″ N70°39′19.65″ W
Vineyard Sound41°30′59.29″ N70°39′02.76″ W
Vineyard Sound41°30′03.08″ N70°33′54.78″ W
Vineyard Sound41°28′22.57″ N70°33′27.72″ W
Vineyard Sound41°28′44.74″ N70°35′18.74″ W
Vineyard Sound41°29′08.60″ N70°35′32.38″ W
Area 2:
Nantucket Sound41°34′27.90″ N70°16′48.99″ W
Nantucket Sound41°34′27.90″ N70°15′00.99″ W
Nantucket Sound41°33′20.36″ N70°14′39.33″ W
Nantucket Sound41°31′41.73″ N70°12′27.06″ W
Nantucket Sound41°31′07.88″ N70°15′32.25″ W

The boundaries were chosen to maximize the area designated, give larger vessels a window in which to comply with this proposed regulation, and generally represent all navigational waters.

There are marinas, yacht clubs and public landings/piers in the proposed area with a combination of mooring fields and dock space for the recreational and commercial vessels. Massachusetts has certified that there are 29 pumpout facilities within the proposed area available to the boating public. A list of the facilities, locations, contact information, hours of operation, and water depth is provided at the end of this petition.

Massachusetts has provided documentation indicating that the total vessel population is estimated to be 15,283 in the proposed area. It is estimated that 5,075 of the total vessel population may have a Marine Sanitation Device (MSD) of some type.

The various beaches, marshes, and harbors and their recreational opportunities attract thousands of visitors to Cape Cod and the Islands every year. Within the proposed NDA area, there are 143 bathing beaches covering over 26 miles of coastline.

The area is known for the strong prevailing southwest winds which support sailing, windsurfing, and kite boarding. Numerous wildlife tours, recreational fishing charters operate within the waters of this proposed NDA, and it is an important and popular destination for boaters due to its natural environmental diversity.

Six species of shellfish are harvested in the area, including soft-shell clams, surf clams, blue mussels, oysters, ocean quahogs, and the state's only commercial bay scallop fishery.

Southern South Cape Cod and Islands NDA encompasses approximately 12,500 acres of shellfish habitat, and supports an estimated 600 commercial shellfishermen. Recreational shellfishing alone was estimated to be worth over $7 million in 2002 dollars to Cape Cod.

Pumpout Facilities Within Proposed No Discharge Area

NameLocationContact informationHours of operationDepth (ft)
Menemsha HarborChilmark508-645-2846, VHF 9, 168 a.m.-4 p.m.4
Vineyard Haven Harbor/Tashmoo PondTisbury508-696-4249, VHF 99 a.m.-4 p.m.NA
Tisbury Wharf Co144 Beach Road, P.O. Box 1317, Tisbury508-693-9300, VHF 99 a.m.-4 p.m.4
Oak Bluffs HarborOak Bluffs508-693-4355, VHF 719 a.m.-4 p.m.NA
Oak Bluffs Harbor MarinaBox 1327, Oak Bluffs508-693-4355, VHF 719 a.m.-4 p.m.6
Edgartown Marina1 Morse Street Edgartown508-627-4746, VHF 9, 748 a.m.-4 p.m.6
Edgartown Harbor1 Morse Street Edgartown508-627-4746, VHF 9, 748 a.m.-4 p.m.NA
Falmouth Marine, Inner Harbor278 Scranton Avenue, Falmouth508-548-4600, VHF 9, 169 a.m.-5 p.m.6
McDougall's Inner Harbor145 Falmouth Heights Road, Falmouth508-548-3146, VHF 9, 169 a.m.-5 p.m.NA
Falmouth Town DockFalmouth508-457-2550, VHF 9, 169 a.m.-5 p.m.6
Green Pond Marina70 Green Harbor Road, East Falmouth508-457-9283, VHF 9, 169 a.m.-4 p.m.3
Bosun's Marine1209 East Falmouth Highway, Route 28, Falmouth508-548-2216, VHF 9, 169 a.m.-4 p.m.3
Waquoit Bay/Inner HarborFalmouth508-457-2550, VHF 9, 169 a.m.-5 p.m.NA
Popponessett BayMashpee508-539-1450, VHF 9, 169 a.m.-4 p.m.NA
Oyster Harbor Marine122 Bridge Street, Osterville508-428-2017, VHF 9, 799 a.m.-4 p.m.6
Crosby Yacht Yard72 Crosby Circle, Osterville, MA508-428-6900, VHF 99 a.m.-5 p.m.6
Centerville Harbor/3 BaysBarnstable508-790-6273, VHF 9, 169 a.m.-4 p.m.NA
Bismore Park (Hyannis)180 Ocean Street, Hyannis508-790-6273, VHF 9, 169 a.m.-5 p.m.6
Hyannis Marine1 Willow Street, Hyannis508-790-4000, VHF 9, 729 a.m.-5 p.m.6
Lewis Bay/Hyannis Harbor/Bass RiverYarmouth508-760-4800, VHF 669 a.m.-4 p.m.NA
Bass RiverPacket Landing, Water Street, Yarmouth508-760-4800, VHF 669 a.m.-4 p.m.3
Bass River Marina140 Main Street, West Dennis508-394-8341, VHF 718 a.m.- 5 p.m.3
Saquatucket, Allen & Wychmere Harbors (Within existing NDA)Harwich508-430-7532, VHF 689:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.NA
Saquatucket, fuel dock (Within existing NDA)Harwich508-430-7532, VHF 689 a.m.-5 p.m.5
Stage Harbor (Within existing NDA)Chatham508-945-5185, VHF 16, 667 a.m.-6 p.m.5.5
Madaket Marine (Within Existing NDA)Nantucket508-228-1163, VHF 9, 169 a.m.-5 p.m.3
Nantucket Boat Basin (Within Existing NDA)Nantucket508-325-1350, VHF 9, 119 a.m.-5 p.m.6
Nantucket Harbor (Within Existing NDA)Nantucket508-228-7261, VHF 9, 149 a.m.-4 p.m.6
Nantucket Harbor (Within Existing NDA)Nantucket508-228-7261, VHF 9, 149 a.m.-4 p.m.NA

Dated: April 18, 2012.

H. Curtis Spalding,

Regional Administrator, New England Region.

[FR Doc. 2012-10206 Filed 4-26-12; 8:45 am]

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