[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 126 (Friday, June 29, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 38797-38799]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-16057]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-R01-OW-2012-0201, FRL-9695-8]


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 Vineyard and Nantucket 
Sounds and the Islands collectively termed Southern Cape Cod.

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, 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, Office of Ecosystem Protection, 
Oceans and Coastal Protection Unit, Five Post Office Square, Suite 100, 
OEP06-1, Boston, MA 02109-3912. Telephone: (617) 918-1538. Fax number: 
(617) 918-0538. Email address: rodney.ann@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On April 26, 2012, 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 waters of 
Southern Cape Cod. Eight comments were received on this petition and 
all endorsed this designation. The response to comments can be obtained 
using the above contact information.
    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 State 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.
    This Notice of Determination is for the waters of Southern Cape 
Cod. The NDA boundaries are as follows:

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   Waterbody/general area           Latitude              Longitude
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West of the Elizabeth         41[deg]24'35.11'' N   70[deg]56'54.62'' W
 Islands.
West of the Elizabeth         41[deg]22'30.32'' N   70[deg]59'51.57'' W
 Islands.
West of the Elizabeth         41[deg]24'17.81'' N   71[deg]02'06.69'' W
 Islands.
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    The upper-eastern area of the NDA is bound by the Outer Cape NDA:

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   Waterbody/general area           Latitude              Longitude
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South of Monomoy Island.....  41[deg]32'29.79'' N   70[deg]00'36.28'' W
South of Monomoy Island.....  41[deg]29'14.59'' N   70[deg]00'10.93'' W
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    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:

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   Waterbody/general area           Latitude              Longitude
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Mouth of Buzzards Bay.......  41[deg]24'50.40'' N   71[deg]02'48.61'' W
Mouth of Buzzards Bay.......  41[deg]25'25.66'' N   71[deg]03'31.78'' W
Mouth of Buzzards Bay.......  41[deg]25'18.57'' N   71[deg]04'18.47'' W
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    The two temporarily undesignated areas will be bound by the 
following coordinates:
    Area 1:

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   Waterbody/general area           Latitude              Longitude
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Vineyard Sound..............  41[deg]30'33.61'' N   70[deg]40'06.67'' W

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Vineyard Sound..............  41[deg]30'49.20'' N   70[deg]39'19.65'' W
Vineyard Sound..............  41[deg]30'59.29'' N   70[deg]39'02.76'' W
Vineyard Sound..............  41[deg]30'03.08'' N   70[deg]33'54.78'' W
Vineyard Sound..............  41[deg]28'22.57'' N   70[deg]33'27.72'' W
Vineyard Sound..............  41[deg]28'44.74'' N   70[deg]35'18.74'' W
Vineyard Sound..............  41[deg]29'08.60'' N   70[deg]35'32.38'' W
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    Area 2:

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   Waterbody/general area           Latitude              Longitude
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Nantucket Sound.............  41[deg]34'27.90'' N   70[deg]16'48.99'' W
Nantucket Sound.............  41[deg]34'27.90'' N   70[deg]15'00.99'' W
Nantucket Sound.............  41[deg]33'20.36'' N   70[deg]14'39.33'' W
Nantucket Sound.............  41[deg]31'41.73'' N   70[deg]12'27.06'' W
Nantucket Sound.............  41[deg]31'07.88'' N   70[deg]15'32.25'' W
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    The boundaries were chosen to maximize the area designated, give 
larger vessels a temporary window in which to comply with this proposed 
regulation, and generally represent all navigational waters. The 
Southern Cape Cod NDA will encompass the state waters of Vineyard and 
Nantucket Sounds and the Islands.
    The information submitted to EPA by the Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts certifies that there are 29 pumpout facilities available 
to the boating public. The location, contact information, hours of 
operation, and water depth are provided at the end of this notice.
    Based on the examination of the petition and 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
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                                                                                                          Depth
             Name                    Location         Contact  information        Hours of operation       (ft)
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Menemsha Harbor...............  Chilmark.........  508-645-2846, VHF 9,16     8 a.m.-4 p.m.                    4
Vineyard Haven Harbor/Tashmoo   Tisbury..........  508-696-4249, VHF 9        9 a.m.-4 p.m.                   NA
 Pond.
Tisbury Wharf Co..............  144 Beach Road,    508-693-9300, VFH 9        9 a.m.-4 p.m.                    4
                                 P.O. Box 1317,
                                 Tisbury.
Oak Bluffs Harbor.............  Oak Bluffs.......  508-693-4355, VHF 71       9 a.m.-4 p.m.                   NA
Oak Bluffs Harbor Marina......  Box 1327, Oak      508-693-4355, VHF 71       9 a.m.-4 p.m.                    6
                                 Bluffs.
Edgartown Marina..............  1 Morse Street     508-627-4746, VHF 9, 74    8 a.m.-4 p.m.                    6
                                 Edgartown.
Edgartown Harbor..............  1 Morse Street     508-627-4746, VHF 9, 74    8 a.m.-4 p.m.                   NA
                                 Edgartown.
Falmouth Marine Inner Harbor..  278 Scranton       508-548-4600, VHF 9, 16    9 a.m.-5 p.m.                    6
                                 Avenue, Falmouth.
McDougall's Inner Harbor......  145 Falmouth       508-548-3146, VHF 9, 16    9 a.m.-5 p.m.                   NA
                                 Heights Road,
                                 Falmouth.
Falmouth Town Dock............  Falmouth.........  508-457-2550, VHF 9, 16    9 a.m.-5 p.m.                    6
Green Pond Marina.............  70 Green Harbor    508-457-9283, VHF 9, 16    9 a.m.-4 p.m.                    3
                                 Road, East
                                 Falmouth.
Bosun's Marine................  1209 East          508-548-2216, VHF 9, 16    9 a.m.-4 p.m.                    3
                                 Falmouth
                                 Highway, Route
                                 28, Falmouth.
Waquoit Bay/Inner Harbor......  Falmouth.........  508-457-2550, VHF 9, 16    9 a.m.-5 p.m.                   NA
Popponessett Bay..............  Mashpee..........  508-539-1450, VHF 9, 16    9 a.m.-4 p.m.                   NA
Oyster Harbor Marine..........  122 Bridge         508-428-2017, VHF 9, 79    9 a.m.-4 p.m.                    6
                                 Street,
                                 Osterville.
Crosby Yacht Yard.............  72 Crosby Circle   508-428-6900 VHF 9         9 a.m.-5 p.m.                    6
                                 Osterville, MA.
Centerville Harbor/3 Bays.....  Barnstable.......  508-790-6273, VHF 9, 16    9 a.m.-4 p.m.                   NA

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Bismore Park (Hyannis)........  180 Ocean Street   508-790-6273, VHF, 9, 16   9 a.m.-5 p.m.                    6
                                 Hyannis.
Hyannis Marine................  1 Willow Street,   508-790-4000, VHF 9, 72    9 a.m.-5 p.m.                    6
                                 Hyannis.
Lewis Bay/Hyannis Harbor/Bass   Yarmouth.........  508-760-4800, VHF 66       9 a.m.-4 p.m.                   NA
 River.
Bass River....................  Packet Landing,    508-760-4800, VHF 66       9 a.m.-4 p.m.                    3
                                 Water Street.
                                 Yarmouth.
Bass River Marina.............  140 Main Street,   508-394-8341, VHF 71       8 a.m.-5 p.m.                    3
                                 West Dennis.
Saquatucket, Allen & Wychmere   Harwich..........  508-430-7532, VHF 68       9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.             NA
 Harbors (Within existing NDA).
Saquatucket, fuel dock (Within  Harwich..........  508-430-7532, VHF 68       9 a.m.-5 p.m.                    5
 existing NDA).
Stage Harbor (Within existing   Chatham..........  508-945-5185, VHF 16, 66   7 a.m.-6 p.m.                  5.5
 NDA).
Madaket Marine (Within          Nantucket........  508-228-1163, VHF 9, 16    9 a.m.-5 p.m.                    3
 Existing NDA).
Nantucket Boat Basin (Within    Nantucket........  508-325-1350, VHF 9, 11    9 a.m.-5 p.m.                    6
 Existing NDA).
Nantucket Harbor (Within        Nantucket........  508-228-7261, VHF 9, 14    9 a.m.-4 p.m.                    6
 Existing NDA).
Nantucket Harbor (Within        Nantucket........  508-228-7261, VHF 9, 14    9 a.m.-4 p.m.                   NA
 Existing NDA).
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    Dated: June 20, 2012.
H. Curtis Spalding,
Regional Administrator, New England Region.
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