[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 143 (Thursday, July 24, 2008)]
[Notices]
[Pages 43224-43226]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-16981]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-R01-OW-2008-0213; FRL-8696-7]


Massachusetts Marine Sanitation Device Standard--Notice of 
Determination

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of Determination.

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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.

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 copyrighted material,

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will be publicly available only in hard copy. Publicly available docket 
materials are available electronically in www.regulations.gov.

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.

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:

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     Waterbody/general area            Latitude            Longitude
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Landside Town boundary between   42[deg]23'30'' N...  70[deg]58'50'' W
 Revere and Winthrop.
Offshore town boundary between   42[deg]24'28'' N...  70[deg]57'33'' W
 Nahant, Revere, and Winthrop.
Offshore town boundary between   42[deg]23'13'' N...  70[deg]55'28'' W
 Nahant and Winthrop.
Offshore town boundary between   42[deg]23'04'' N...  70[deg]54'04'' W
 Nahant and Winthrop.
Offshore town boundary between   42[deg]23'32'' N...  70[deg]51'28'' W
 Nahant and Winthrop.
Aid to Navigation RW ``BG'' Mo   42[deg]23'27'' N...  70[deg]51'30'' W
 (A), 1.6nm NNE of the Graves.
Aid to Navigation G ``5'' Fl G   42[deg]22'34'' N...  70[deg]51'29'' W
 4s WHISTLE, 0.8nm NE of the
 Graves.
Aid to Navigation R ``2'' Fl R   42[deg]21'04'' N...  70[deg]50'31'' W
 4s BELL, Three & One-Half
 Fathom Ledge.
Aid to Navigation G ``1'' Q G    42[deg]19'32'' N...  70[deg]49'51'' W
 WHISTLE, Thieves Ledge.
Offshore town boundary between   42[deg]18'34'' N...  70[deg]47'25'' W
 Hull and Cohasset.
Landside boundary between Hull   42[deg]15'54'' N...  70[deg]49'34'' W
 and Cohasset.
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    The landward boundaries of the NDA are:

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     Waterbody/general area            Latitude            Longitude
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The Saratoga Street bridge       42[deg]22'58'' N...  70[deg]59'40'' W
 between Winthrop and Boston.
The railway bridge on the        42[deg]24'06'' N...  71[deg]00'40'' W
 Chelsea River between Chelsea
 and Revere.
The Amelia Earhart Dam on the    42[deg]23'42'' N...  71[deg]04'30'' W
 Mystic River.
The Watertown Dam on the         42[deg]21'55'' N...  71[deg]11'22'' W
 Charles River.
The Baker Dam on the Neponset    42[deg]16'15'' N...  71[deg]04'08'' W
 River.
The Shaw Street bridge on the    42[deg]13'20'' N...  71[deg]58'25'' W
 Weymouth Fore River.
Where Bridge Street crosses the  42[deg]14'50'' N...  70[deg]55'52'' W
 Weymouth Back River between
 Weymouth and Hingham.
Where Nantasket Avenue crosses   42[deg]15'37'' N...  70[deg]50'41'' W
 the Weir River between Hingham
 and Hull.
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    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
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                                                                                                     Mean low
              Name                    Location          Contact info.              Hours            water depth
                                                                                                       (ft)
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Boston Harbor Shipyard and       Boston...........  (617) 561-1400 VHF 9.  7 a.m.-8 p.m. On call          *** 25
 Marina.
The Marina At Rowes Wharf......  Boston...........  (617) 439-3131 VHF 9.  8 a.m.-4 p.m. May 1-               10
                                                                            Oct 31.
Boston Waterboat Marina........  Boston...........  (617) 523-1027 VHF 9.  7 a.m.-7 p.m. Call        *** 5 to 25
                                                                            ahead.
Boston Yacht Haven.............  Boston...........  (617) 367-5050 VHF 9.  8 a.m.-7 p.m.........              10
Black Falcon Pier..............  Boston...........  (617) 946-4417.......  9 a.m.-5 p.m.........              35

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**Boston Harbor Cruises........  Boston...........  (617) 227-4321.......  6:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.                22
                                                                            (weekdays).
                                 .................  .....................  10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.      ..............
                                                                            (weekends).
Boston Towing & Transportation.  Boston...........  (617) 567-9100.......  24/7.................             ***
*City of Boston................  Boston...........  TBD..................  TBD..................             ***
*Berth 10......................  Boston...........  (617) 918-6203.......  TBD..................  ..............
**Mass Bays Lines..............  Boston...........  (617) 542-8000.......  .....................  ..............
Charles River Yacht Club.......  Cambridge........  (617) 354-8881 VHF 9.  8 a.m.-8 p.m.........             ***
**Charles Riverboat Company....  Cambridge........  (617) 621-3001.......  .....................  ..............
Constitution Marina............  Charlestown......  (617) 241-9818 VHF 69  9 a.m.-8 p.m.                      30
                                                                            (summer).                        ***
                                                                           9 a.m.-5 p.m.
                                                                            (winter).
Mystic Marine..................  Charlestown......  (617) 293-6247 VHF 72  7 a.m.-7 p.m. (Mon-                35
                                                                            Fri).                             35
Shipyard Quarters Marina.......  Charlestown......  (617) 242-2020 VHF 7,  8 a.m.-7 p.m.........          *** 20
                                                     9,16.
Charleston Pier 4..............  Charlestown......  (617) 918-6231.......  Appointment Only.....              30
*Charlestown Pier 3............  Charlestown......  (617) 918-6201.......  TBD..................  ..............
**Constellation Tug............  Charlestown......  (617) 561-0223.......  24/7.................             ***
Marine At Admirals Hill........  Chelsea..........  (617) 889-4002 VHF 9,  8 a.m.-5 p.m.........               6
                                                     10.
Dorchester Yacht Club..........  Dorchester.......  (617) 436-1002 VHF 9.  8 a.m.-6 p.m.........               7
Port Norfolk Yacht Club........  Dorchester.......  (617) 822-3333 VHF 9,  24/7 self-service....             7.5
                                                     11.
Town of Hingham................  Hingham..........  (781) 741-1450 VHF     3 p.m.-7 p.m. (Tue,               ***
                                                     12, 16.                Thurs, Sat & Sun).
Town of Hull...................  Hull.............  (781) 925-0316 VHF     8 a.m.-4 p.m.........             ***
                                                     9,16.                                                  *TBD
Quincy Bay.....................  Quincy...........  (617) 908-9757 VHF 9.  8 a.m.-4 p.m.                     ***
                                                                            (weekend).                       ***
                                                                           High-tide (weekday)..
Bay Pointe Marina..............  Quincy...........  (617) 471-1777 VHF 9.  Call ahead...........               8
Captain's Cove Marina..........  Quincy...........  (617) 328-3331 VHF 69  24/7.................               6
Marina Bay on Boston Harbor....  Quincy...........  (617) 847-1800 VHF 10  7:30 a.m.-8 p.m......             ***
Town River Yacht Club..........  Quincy...........  (617) 471-2716 VHF 71  Call ahead...........              35
**Harbor Express...............  Quincy...........  (617) 542-8000.......  .....................  ..............
Watertown Yacht Club...........  Watertown........  (617) 924-9848.......  8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Tue-                 6
                                                                            Thur, Sat).
                                                                           11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Fri).
Wessagussett Yacht Club........  Weymouth.........  VHF 71...............  6 a.m.-8 p.m. (Mon-                 8
                                                                            Fri).
                                                                           9 a.m.-9 p.m. (Sat-
                                                                            Sun).
Town of Winthrop...............  Winthrop.........  (617) 839-4000 VHF     10 a.m.-8 p.m........    *** 8 to 30
                                                     9,16.
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* = Pending facilities.
** = Private commercial facilities.
*** = Not applicable.


    Dated: July 9, 2008.
Robert W. Varney,
Regional Administrator, Region 1.
 [FR Doc. E8-16981 Filed 7-23-08; 8:45 am]
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