Neptune LNG, L.L.C., Liquefied Natural Gas Deepwater Port License Application; Preparation of Environmental Impact Statement, 32382-32384 [E6-8632]

Download as PDF cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 32382 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 107 / Monday, June 5, 2006 / Notices to notice and comment provisions of the APA. FTA personnel attempt to provide the most accurate information to interested persons. When errors occur, we will address those errors. Application of MTA’s suggestion, would effectively eliminate all oral or informal advice given by FTA to the industry, which would have a chilling effect on a grantee’s ability to receive funds in a timely fashion. Jones and Lester (representing Access Services Incorporated) commented that FTA’s ADA interpretations were not widely disseminated and it was difficult for transit properties to access those interpretations. As noted earlier, ADA interpretations flow from OST to FTA. Even so, because those interpretations involve many operating administrations within DOT, FTA works with the industry to apply those interpretations to transit. 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FTA has plans in the new future to make charter bus decisions available on its Web site and FTA will consider the request to post other decisions on its Web site. Issued in Washington, DC this 22nd day of May 2006. Sandra K. Bushue, Deputy Administrator. [FR Doc. 06–5072 Filed 6–2–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–57–M DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Maritime Administration [USCG–2005–22611] Neptune LNG, L.L.C., Liquefied Natural Gas Deepwater Port License Application; Preparation of Environmental Impact Statement Maritime Administration, DOT. Notice of availability; notice of public meeting; request for comments. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The Maritime Administration (MARAD) announces the availability of E:\FR\FM\05JNN1.SGM 05JNN1 cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 107 / Monday, June 5, 2006 / Notices the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Neptune LNG, L.L.C., Liquefied Natural Gas Deepwater Port license application. The application describes a project that would be located in Federal waters of Massachusetts Bay, in Block 125, approximately 8 miles southeast of Gloucester, MA and 22 miles northeast of Boston, MA. The Coast Guard and MARAD request public comments on the DEIS. Publication of this notice begins a 45 day comment period and provides information on how to participate in the process. As a point of clarification, there is another deepwater port application by Northeast Gateway Energy Bridge, L.L.C. in the same vicinity. These applications are being processed and reviewed independently. The Northeast Gateway Energy Bridge, L.L.C. DEIS was noticed May 19, 2006 and is available on the Docket at USCG– 2005–22219. DATES: Public meetings will be held in Salem, MA on June 21, 2006 and in Gloucester, MA on June 22, 2006. Both meetings will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will be preceded by an informational open house from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The public meetings may end later than the stated time, depending on the number of persons wishing to speak. Material submitted in response to the request for comments on the DEIS must reach the Docket Management Facility by July 17, 2006. ADDRESSES: The public meeting in Salem will be at the Salem State College Library, Charlotte Forten Hall, 360 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA, telephone: 978–542–7192. The public meeting in Gloucester will be held at the Gloucester High School Auditorium, 32 Leslie O. Johnson Road, Gloucester, MA, telephone: 617–635–4100. The DEIS, the application, and associated documentation is available for viewing at the DOT’s Docket Management System Web site: http:// dms.dot.gov under docket number 22611. The DEIS is also available at public libraries in Beverly, MA, Boston, MA (Central Library), Gloucester, MA, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA, Marblehead, MA, and Salem, MA. Address docket submissions for USCG–2005–22611 to: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590–0001. The Docket Management Facility accepts hand-delivered submissions, and makes docket contents available for public inspection and copying at this address, in room PL–401, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:33 Jun 02, 2006 Jkt 208001 Facility’s telephone number is 202–366– 9329, the fax number is 202–493–2251, and the Web site for electronic submissions or for electronic access to docket contents is http://dms.dot.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Roddy Bachman, U.S. Coast Guard, telephone: 202–372–1451, e-mail: rbachman@comdt.uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone: 202–493– 0402. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Public Meeting and Open House We invite you to learn about the proposed deepwater port at an informational open house, and to comment at a public meeting on the proposed action and the evaluation contained in the DEIS. In order to allow everyone a chance to speak at the public meeting, we may limit speaker time, or extend the meeting hours, or both. You must identify yourself, and any organization you represent, by name. Your remarks will be recorded or transcribed for inclusion in the public docket. You may submit written material at the public meeting, either in place of or in addition to speaking. Written material must include your name and address, and will be included in the public docket. Public docket materials will be made available to the public on the Docket Management Facility’s Docket Management System (DMS). See ‘‘Request for Comments’’ for information about DMS and your rights under the Privacy Act. All of our public meeting locations are wheelchair-accessible. If you plan to attend the open house or public hearing, and need special assistance such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodation, please notify the Coast Guard (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) at least 3 business days in advance. Include your contact information as well as information about your specific needs. Request for Comments We request public comments or other relevant information on the DEIS. The public meeting is not the only opportunity you have to comment. In addition to or in place of attending a meeting, you can submit comments to the Docket Management Facility during the public comment period (see DATES). We will consider all comments and materials received during the comment period and prepare the Final EIS (FEIS). We will announce the availability of the PO 00000 Frm 00083 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 32383 FEIS and once again give you the opportunity to review and comment. If you want a notice sent directly to you, please contact representatives at the public hearing or the Coast Guard representative identified in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Submissions should include: • Docket number USCG–2005–22611. • Your name and address. • Your reasons for making each comment or for bringing information to our attention. Submit comments or material using only one of the following methods: • Electronic submission to DMS, http://dms.dot.gov. • Fax, mail, or hand delivery to the Docket Management Facility (see ADDRESSES). Faxed or hand delivered submissions must be unbound, no larger than 81⁄2 by 11 inches, and suitable for copying and electronic scanning. If you mail your submission and want to know when it reaches the Facility, include a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope. Regardless of the method used for submitting comments or material, all submissions will be posted, without change, to the DMS Web site (http:// dms.dot.gov), and will include any personal information you provide. Therefore, submitting this information makes it public. You may wish to read the Privacy Act notice that is available on the DMS Web site, or the Department of Transportation Privacy Act Statement that appeared in the Federal Register on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477). You may view docket submissions at the Docket Management Facility (see ADDRESSES), or electronically on the DMS Web site. Background Information about deepwater ports, the statutes, and regulations governing their licensing, and the receipt of the current application for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) deepwater port appears at 70 FR 58729, October 7, 2005. The Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS for the proposed action was published in the Federal Register at 70 FR 61151, October 20, 2005. Application materials and associated comments are available on the docket. Information from the ‘‘Summary of the Application’’ from previous Federal Register notices is included below for your convenience. Proposed Action and Alternatives The proposed action requiring environmental review is the Federal licensing of the proposed deepwater port described in ‘‘Summary of the Application’’ below. The alternatives to E:\FR\FM\05JNN1.SGM 05JNN1 32384 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 107 / Monday, June 5, 2006 / Notices cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES licensing the proposed port are: (1) Licensing with conditions (including conditions designed to mitigate environmental impact), and (2) denying the application, which for purposes of environmental review is the ‘‘no-action’’ alternative. These alternatives are more fully discussed in the DEIS. The Coast Guard is the lead Federal agency for the preparation of the EIS/EIR. You can address any questions about the proposed action or the DEIS to the Coast Guard project manager identified in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Summary of the Application Neptune LNG, L.L.C. proposes to own, construct, and operate a deepwater port, named Neptune, in the Federal waters of the Outer Continental Shelf on blocks NK 19–04 6525 and NK 19–04 6575, approximately 8 miles southeast of Gloucester, MA and 22 miles northeast of Boston, MA, in a water depth of approximately 250 feet. The Neptune deepwater port would be capable of mooring up to two approximately 140,000 cubic meter capacity LNG carriers by means of a submerged unloading buoy system. The LNG carriers, or shuttle and regasification vessels (SRVs), would be equipped to store, transport and vaporize LNG, and to odorize and meter natural gas which would then be sent out by conventional subsea pipelines. Each SRV would have insulated storage tanks located within its hull. Each tank would be equipped with an in-tank pump to circulate and transfer LNG to the vaporization facilities located on the deck of the SRV. The proposed vaporization system would be a closedloop water-glycol heat exchanger heated by steam from natural gas-fired boilers. The major fixed components of the proposed deepwater port would be an unloading buoy system, eight mooring lines consisting of wire rope and chain connecting to anchor points on the seabed, eight suction pile anchor points, approximately 2.3 miles of natural gas flow line with flexible pipe risers and risers manifolds, and approximately 11 miles of 24-inch natural gas transmission line to connect to the existing Algonquin HubLine. Neptune would have an average throughput capacity of 500 million standard cubic feet per day (MMscfd) and a peak capacity of approximately 750 MMscfd. Natural gas would be sent out by means of two flexible risers and subsea flowlines leading to a 24-inch gas transmission pipeline. The transmission pipeline would connect the deepwater port to the existing 30inch Algonquin HubLine. No onshore components or storage facilities are VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:33 Jun 02, 2006 Jkt 208001 associated with the proposed deepwater port application. Construction of the deepwater port components would be expected to take 36 months, with a startup of commercial operations in late 2009. The deepwater port would be designed, constructed and operated in accordance with applicable codes and standards and would have an expected operating life of approximately 20 years. As required by their regulations, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will maintain a permit file. The USACE New England District phone number is 978–318–8338 and their Web site is http://www.nae.usace.army.mil. Comments sent to the USACE will also be incorporated into the DOT docket and EIS to ensure consistency with the NEPA process. The USACE among others are cooperating agencies and will assist in the NEPA process as described in 40 CFR 1501.6 and will conduct joint public hearings with the Coast Guard and MARAD. Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Through a Special Review Procedure established by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (EOEA), the USCG and the MEPA Office are conducting a coordinated NEPA/MEPA review allowing a single document to serve simultaneously as both the EIS under NEPA and the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) under MEPA. The Certificates establishing the Special Review Procedure and the Scope for the Draft Environmental Impact Report can be viewed at http://www.mass.gov/ envir/mepa/secondlevelpages/ recentdecisions.htm. The Secretary of Environmental Affairs will accept written comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report through July 17, 2006. Comments may be submitted electronically, by mail, via FAX, or by hand delivery. Please note that comments submitted on MEPA documents are public records. The mailing address for comments is: Secretary Stephen R. Pritchard, EOEA, Attn: MEPA Office, Richard Bourre, EOEA No. 13373/13374, 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900, Boston, MA 02114. (Authority: 49 CFR 1.66). By Order of the Maritime Administrator. Dated: May 30, 2006. Joel C. Richard, Secretary, Maritime Administration. [FR Doc. E6–8632 Filed 6–2–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–81–P PO 00000 Frm 00084 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [STB Finance Docket No. 34846] Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority 1—Acquisition Exemption—Lackawanna County Railroad Authority Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority (PNRRA), a political subdivision of the State of Pennsylvania and a non-operating Class III rail carrier, has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1150.41 to acquire from Lackawanna County Railroad Authority (LCRA) approximately 65 miles of rail lines it owns in Lackawanna, Monroe and Wayne Counties, PA, including the Carbondale Line from Fell Township to the Borough of Moosic (milepost 174.6 to milepost 196.9); Vine St. Branch in the City of Scranton (milepost 2.0 to milepost 0.3); Strawberry Hill Running Track in the City of Scranton (approximately 2,000 ft); the Pocono Line from Scranton to Mt. Pocono (milepost 134 to milepost 101); the Laurel Line and Brady Lead (milepost 0.0 to milepost 4.81); the Diamond Branch of the former Delaware Lackawanna & Western Railroad extending 0.85 miles from milepost 144.75 to milepost 145.6 in Scranton; and the Minooka Industrial Track in the City of Scranton extending 2.1 miles from Little Virginia to end of track including all sidings and spurs. The lines will continue to be operated by Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad Co. pursuant to contract. PNRRA certifies that its projected revenues as a result of this transaction will not result in the creation of a Class II or Class I rail carrier and will not exceed $5 million annually. The transaction was expected to be consummated on or after May 20, 2006. If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. Petitions to revoke the exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) may be filed at any time. The filing of a petition to revoke will not automatically stay the transaction. An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to STB Finance Docket No. 34846, must be filed with the Surface Transportation Board, 1925 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20423– 0001. In addition, one copy of each pleading must be served on Keith G. O’Brien, 1050 Seventeenth Street, NW., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036. 1 Formerly Monroe County Railroad Authority (MCRA). The corporate name change was effective on the consummation date of this transaction. E:\FR\FM\05JNN1.SGM 05JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Maritime Administration

[USCG-2005-22611]


Neptune LNG, L.L.C., Liquefied Natural Gas Deepwater Port License 
Application; Preparation of Environmental Impact Statement

AGENCY: Maritime Administration, DOT.

ACTION: Notice of availability; notice of public meeting; request for 
comments.

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SUMMARY: The Maritime Administration (MARAD) announces the availability 
of

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the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Neptune LNG, 
L.L.C., Liquefied Natural Gas Deepwater Port license application. The 
application describes a project that would be located in Federal waters 
of Massachusetts Bay, in Block 125, approximately 8 miles southeast of 
Gloucester, MA and 22 miles northeast of Boston, MA. The Coast Guard 
and MARAD request public comments on the DEIS. Publication of this 
notice begins a 45 day comment period and provides information on how 
to participate in the process. As a point of clarification, there is 
another deepwater port application by Northeast Gateway Energy Bridge, 
L.L.C. in the same vicinity. These applications are being processed and 
reviewed independently. The Northeast Gateway Energy Bridge, L.L.C. 
DEIS was noticed May 19, 2006 and is available on the Docket at USCG-
2005-22219.

DATES: Public meetings will be held in Salem, MA on June 21, 2006 and 
in Gloucester, MA on June 22, 2006. Both meetings will be from 6 p.m. 
to 8 p.m. and will be preceded by an informational open house from 4:30 
p.m. to 6 p.m. The public meetings may end later than the stated time, 
depending on the number of persons wishing to speak. Material submitted 
in response to the request for comments on the DEIS must reach the 
Docket Management Facility by July 17, 2006.

ADDRESSES: The public meeting in Salem will be at the Salem State 
College Library, Charlotte Forten Hall, 360 Lafayette Street, Salem, 
MA, telephone: 978-542-7192. The public meeting in Gloucester will be 
held at the Gloucester High School Auditorium, 32 Leslie O. Johnson 
Road, Gloucester, MA, telephone: 617-635-4100.
    The DEIS, the application, and associated documentation is 
available for viewing at the DOT's Docket Management System Web site: 
http://dms.dot.gov under docket number 22611. The DEIS is also 
available at public libraries in Beverly, MA, Boston, MA (Central 
Library), Gloucester, MA, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA, Marblehead, MA, 
and Salem, MA.
    Address docket submissions for USCG-2005-22611 to: Docket 
Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh 
Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590-0001.
    The Docket Management Facility accepts hand-delivered submissions, 
and makes docket contents available for public inspection and copying 
at this address, in room PL-401, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Facility's telephone 
number is 202-366-9329, the fax number is 202-493-2251, and the Web 
site for electronic submissions or for electronic access to docket 
contents is http://dms.dot.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Roddy Bachman, U.S. Coast Guard, 
telephone: 202-372-1451, e-mail: rbachman@comdt.uscg.mil. If you have 
questions on viewing the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, 
Docket Operations, telephone: 202-493-0402.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Public Meeting and Open House

    We invite you to learn about the proposed deepwater port at an 
informational open house, and to comment at a public meeting on the 
proposed action and the evaluation contained in the DEIS.
    In order to allow everyone a chance to speak at the public meeting, 
we may limit speaker time, or extend the meeting hours, or both. You 
must identify yourself, and any organization you represent, by name. 
Your remarks will be recorded or transcribed for inclusion in the 
public docket.
    You may submit written material at the public meeting, either in 
place of or in addition to speaking. Written material must include your 
name and address, and will be included in the public docket.
    Public docket materials will be made available to the public on the 
Docket Management Facility's Docket Management System (DMS). See 
``Request for Comments'' for information about DMS and your rights 
under the Privacy Act.
    All of our public meeting locations are wheelchair-accessible. If 
you plan to attend the open house or public hearing, and need special 
assistance such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable 
accommodation, please notify the Coast Guard (see FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT) at least 3 business days in advance. Include your 
contact information as well as information about your specific needs.

Request for Comments

    We request public comments or other relevant information on the 
DEIS. The public meeting is not the only opportunity you have to 
comment. In addition to or in place of attending a meeting, you can 
submit comments to the Docket Management Facility during the public 
comment period (see DATES). We will consider all comments and materials 
received during the comment period and prepare the Final EIS (FEIS). We 
will announce the availability of the FEIS and once again give you the 
opportunity to review and comment. If you want a notice sent directly 
to you, please contact representatives at the public hearing or the 
Coast Guard representative identified in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT.
    Submissions should include:
     Docket number USCG-2005-22611.
     Your name and address.
     Your reasons for making each comment or for bringing 
information to our attention.
    Submit comments or material using only one of the following 
methods:
     Electronic submission to DMS, http://dms.dot.gov.
     Fax, mail, or hand delivery to the Docket Management 
Facility (see ADDRESSES). Faxed or hand delivered submissions must be 
unbound, no larger than 8\1/2\ by 11 inches, and suitable for copying 
and electronic scanning. If you mail your submission and want to know 
when it reaches the Facility, include a stamped, self-addressed 
postcard or envelope.
    Regardless of the method used for submitting comments or material, 
all submissions will be posted, without change, to the DMS Web site 
(http://dms.dot.gov), and will include any personal information you 
provide. Therefore, submitting this information makes it public. You 
may wish to read the Privacy Act notice that is available on the DMS 
Web site, or the Department of Transportation Privacy Act Statement 
that appeared in the Federal Register on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477).
    You may view docket submissions at the Docket Management Facility 
(see ADDRESSES), or electronically on the DMS Web site.

Background

    Information about deepwater ports, the statutes, and regulations 
governing their licensing, and the receipt of the current application 
for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) deepwater port appears at 70 FR 
58729, October 7, 2005. The Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS for the 
proposed action was published in the Federal Register at 70 FR 61151, 
October 20, 2005. Application materials and associated comments are 
available on the docket. Information from the ``Summary of the 
Application'' from previous Federal Register notices is included below 
for your convenience.

Proposed Action and Alternatives

    The proposed action requiring environmental review is the Federal 
licensing of the proposed deepwater port described in ``Summary of the 
Application'' below. The alternatives to

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licensing the proposed port are: (1) Licensing with conditions 
(including conditions designed to mitigate environmental impact), and 
(2) denying the application, which for purposes of environmental review 
is the ``no-action'' alternative. These alternatives are more fully 
discussed in the DEIS. The Coast Guard is the lead Federal agency for 
the preparation of the EIS/EIR. You can address any questions about the 
proposed action or the DEIS to the Coast Guard project manager 
identified in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

Summary of the Application

    Neptune LNG, L.L.C. proposes to own, construct, and operate a 
deepwater port, named Neptune, in the Federal waters of the Outer 
Continental Shelf on blocks NK 19-04 6525 and NK 19-04 6575, 
approximately 8 miles southeast of Gloucester, MA and 22 miles 
northeast of Boston, MA, in a water depth of approximately 250 feet. 
The Neptune deepwater port would be capable of mooring up to two 
approximately 140,000 cubic meter capacity LNG carriers by means of a 
submerged unloading buoy system.
    The LNG carriers, or shuttle and regasification vessels (SRVs), 
would be equipped to store, transport and vaporize LNG, and to odorize 
and meter natural gas which would then be sent out by conventional 
subsea pipelines. Each SRV would have insulated storage tanks located 
within its hull. Each tank would be equipped with an in-tank pump to 
circulate and transfer LNG to the vaporization facilities located on 
the deck of the SRV. The proposed vaporization system would be a 
closed-loop water-glycol heat exchanger heated by steam from natural 
gas-fired boilers.
    The major fixed components of the proposed deepwater port would be 
an unloading buoy system, eight mooring lines consisting of wire rope 
and chain connecting to anchor points on the seabed, eight suction pile 
anchor points, approximately 2.3 miles of natural gas flow line with 
flexible pipe risers and risers manifolds, and approximately 11 miles 
of 24-inch natural gas transmission line to connect to the existing 
Algonquin HubLine.
    Neptune would have an average throughput capacity of 500 million 
standard cubic feet per day (MMscfd) and a peak capacity of 
approximately 750 MMscfd. Natural gas would be sent out by means of two 
flexible risers and subsea flowlines leading to a 24-inch gas 
transmission pipeline. The transmission pipeline would connect the 
deepwater port to the existing 30-inch Algonquin HubLine. No onshore 
components or storage facilities are associated with the proposed 
deepwater port application. Construction of the deepwater port 
components would be expected to take 36 months, with a startup of 
commercial operations in late 2009. The deepwater port would be 
designed, constructed and operated in accordance with applicable codes 
and standards and would have an expected operating life of 
approximately 20 years.
    As required by their regulations, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 
(USACE) will maintain a permit file. The USACE New England District 
phone number is 978-318-8338 and their Web site is http://
www.nae.usace.army.mil.
    Comments sent to the USACE will also be incorporated into the DOT 
docket and EIS to ensure consistency with the NEPA process. The USACE 
among others are cooperating agencies and will assist in the NEPA 
process as described in 40 CFR 1501.6 and will conduct joint public 
hearings with the Coast Guard and MARAD.

Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA)

    Through a Special Review Procedure established by the Massachusetts 
Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (EOEA), the USCG and the MEPA 
Office are conducting a coordinated NEPA/MEPA review allowing a single 
document to serve simultaneously as both the EIS under NEPA and the 
Environmental Impact Report (EIR) under MEPA. The Certificates 
establishing the Special Review Procedure and the Scope for the Draft 
Environmental Impact Report can be viewed at http://www.mass.gov/envir/
mepa/secondlevelpages/recentdecisions.htm. The Secretary of 
Environmental Affairs will accept written comments on the Draft 
Environmental Impact Report through July 17, 2006. Comments may be 
submitted electronically, by mail, via FAX, or by hand delivery. Please 
note that comments submitted on MEPA documents are public records. The 
mailing address for comments is: Secretary Stephen R. Pritchard, EOEA, 
Attn: MEPA Office, Richard Bourre, EOEA No. 13373/13374, 100 Cambridge 
Street, Suite 900, Boston, MA 02114.

(Authority: 49 CFR 1.66).

    By Order of the Maritime Administrator.

    Dated: May 30, 2006.
Joel C. Richard,
Secretary, Maritime Administration.
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