Friday, May 21, 2010

Additonal No Discharge Areas Proposed For MA North Shore

EPA is considering a proposal from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to designate the remaining coastal waters of the North Shore as a “No Discharge Area.” If approved, discharges of treated and untreated boat sewage would be prohibited within the town boundaries of Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, Ipswich, Rowley, Newbury, Newburyport, Salisbury, Amesbury, West Newbury, Merrimac, Groveland, North Andover, Haverhill, Methuen, and Lawrence.

The Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management (MA CZM) has petitioned EPA to approve the No Discharge designation, with the town’s concurrence. EPA has in turn published the request in the Federal Register and will accept public comments on the proposal for 30 days, ending on June 20, 2010.

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