Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee, 79496 [E8-30805]

Download as PDF 79496 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 249 / Monday, December 29, 2008 / Notices Dated: December 18, 2008. Jeffrey Shuren, Associate Commissioner for Policy and Planning. [FR Doc. E8–30839 Filed 12–24–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4160–01–S DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard [Docket No. USCG–2008–1229] Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee Coast Guard, DHS. Notice seeking public comments on MARPOL Reception Facilities. AGENCY: dwashington3 on PROD1PC60 with NOTICES ACTION: SUMMARY: The Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC), through its Working Group on the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) Annex, has been tasked with providing comment and recommendations to the U.S. Coast Guard for optimizing domestic MARPOL port reception facilities. CTAC is a committee formed under the authority of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App. (Pub. L. 92–463). To assist and complement CTAC’s efforts, the Coast Guard is hereby seeking comments from the public on MARPOL reception facilities in the U.S. The Coast Guard is specifically interested in identifying all issues that negatively impact MARPOL implementing regulations for port reception facilities; and recommendations to address those issues. CTAC Tasking: The original Task Statement that was provided to CTAC at the April 24, 2008 meeting in Washington, DC, included the following: 1. Provide comments and recommendations as necessary on: (To be completed by the Spring of 2009) • Impact, if any, on MARPOL compliance caused by a variance in disposal costs; • Impact, if any, on MARPOL compliance caused by vessels having to shift berths to complete transfers; • Plan to document MARPOL reception facility services required and received through an advanced notice of arrival and departure report; • Disposal of residues at other than those facilities receiving the cargo related to those residues. Vessels currently have limited information on availability of Annex I and Annex II facilities at subsequent ports of call; VerDate Aug<31>2005 13:19 Dec 24, 2008 Jkt 217001 • Level of consistency in disposal procedures in fulfillment of federal, state and local MARPOL waste disposal requirements as well as operational variances among facilities. For example, in fulfillment of state requirements, some facilities may request preidentification of constituents in Annex I as well as Annex II residues. Additionally, facilities themselves have differing disposal procedures; and, • Feasibility of simultaneous MARPOL and cargo transfers at every facility. According to vessel operators, some facilities prohibit simultaneous discharge of MARPOL residues and cargo transfers thereby causing delays. 2. Provide a final report in items listed above, a recommended way-ahead to implement any recommendations (e.g., proposed changes to MARPOL and/or domestic regulations) and the corresponding implementing language. (To be completed by the fall of 2009) Seeking Public Comment: Possible areas of concern for stakeholders may include: • Conflicts with other regulations; • Disposal cost issues at ports/ terminals; • Requirement for lab analysis of Annex I or II wastes; • Segregation of Annex V wastes; and • Additional burden, if any, of adopting standardized Advance Notice Forms (ANF) and/or Waste Delivery Receipt (WDR) forms adopted by the International Maritime Organization. Public comments that are received will assist and complement CTAC’s efforts. CTAC’s MARPOL Annex working group is scheduled to meet in February 2009. Comments must be received by January 31, 2009 in order to be considered. ADDRESSES: The public may address comments via USPS, e-mail or FAX, to Mr. James Prazak, CTAC Chairman, C/O The Dow Chemical Company, 2301 N. Brazosport Blvd., B–122, Freeport, TX 77541–3257. FAX (979) 238–9737, E-mail: jprazak@dow.com. The Coast Guard requests that copies of comments be sent HQ, U.S. Coast Guard, CG–5442, ATTN: Commander Michael Roldan, 2100 Second Street, SW., Washington, DC 20593–0001. Fax: 202–372–1906, Email: luis.m.roldan@uscg.mil. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Commander Michael Roldan, telephone 202–372–1130, e-mail: luis.m.roldan@uscg.mil, or David Condino, MARPOL COA Project Manager, telephone 202–372–1145, email: david.a.condino@uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice seeking public comment is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. (Pub. L. 92–463). PO 00000 Frm 00060 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Public Meeting: A separate Notice will be given regarding the next CTAC meeting at which time the Coast Guard will seek to discuss such public comments and the recommendations of CTAC. This will be a public meeting and instructions will be provided for those wishing to make oral presentations at the meeting and/or wishing to provide written comments. Dated: December 19, 2008. J. Lantz, Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards. [FR Doc. E8–30805 Filed 12–24–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–15–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard [USCG–2004–19621] Dry Cargo Residue Discharges in the Great Lakes; Preparation of Environmental Impact Statement Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of intent; request for comments; notice of public scoping meeting. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The Coast Guard announces its intent to prepare a new Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the next phase of this rulemaking. The new EIS will tier off the first EIS, which was prepared in support of the interim rule published in September 2008. Under the interim rule, the discharge of bulk dry cargo residue is allowed to continue in limited areas of the Great Lakes and under certain conditions. The Coast Guard plans to issue a final rule that may modify the interim rule and add new conditions for discharges. The new EIS will support the final rule. This notice requests public comments and begins a public scoping process to help determine the scope of issues to be addressed in the new EIS. DATES: Comments and related material must either be submitted to our online docket via http://www.regulations.gov on or before March 30, 2009 or reach the Docket Management Facility by that date. The public scoping meeting will be held on January 28, 2009, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Comments and related material must reach the Docket Management Facility on or before March 30, 2009. ADDRESSES: The public scoping meeting will be held at the Hotel Blake, 500 South Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60605. The E:\FR\FM\29DEN1.SGM 29DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

[Docket No. USCG-2008-1229]


Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Notice seeking public comments on MARPOL Reception Facilities.

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SUMMARY: The Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC), through 
its Working Group on the International Convention for the Prevention of 
Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) Annex, has been tasked with providing 
comment and recommendations to the U.S. Coast Guard for optimizing 
domestic MARPOL port reception facilities. CTAC is a committee formed 
under the authority of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 
U.S.C. App. (Pub. L. 92-463). To assist and complement CTAC's efforts, 
the Coast Guard is hereby seeking comments from the public on MARPOL 
reception facilities in the U.S. The Coast Guard is specifically 
interested in identifying all issues that negatively impact MARPOL 
implementing regulations for port reception facilities; and 
recommendations to address those issues.
    CTAC Tasking: The original Task Statement that was provided to CTAC 
at the April 24, 2008 meeting in Washington, DC, included the 
following:
    1. Provide comments and recommendations as necessary on: (To be 
completed by the Spring of 2009)
     Impact, if any, on MARPOL compliance caused by a variance 
in disposal costs;
     Impact, if any, on MARPOL compliance caused by vessels 
having to shift berths to complete transfers;
     Plan to document MARPOL reception facility services 
required and received through an advanced notice of arrival and 
departure report;
     Disposal of residues at other than those facilities 
receiving the cargo related to those residues. Vessels currently have 
limited information on availability of Annex I and Annex II facilities 
at subsequent ports of call;
     Level of consistency in disposal procedures in fulfillment 
of federal, state and local MARPOL waste disposal requirements as well 
as operational variances among facilities. For example, in fulfillment 
of state requirements, some facilities may request pre-identification 
of constituents in Annex I as well as Annex II residues. Additionally, 
facilities themselves have differing disposal procedures; and,
     Feasibility of simultaneous MARPOL and cargo transfers at 
every facility. According to vessel operators, some facilities prohibit 
simultaneous discharge of MARPOL residues and cargo transfers thereby 
causing delays.
    2. Provide a final report in items listed above, a recommended way-
ahead to implement any recommendations (e.g., proposed changes to 
MARPOL and/or domestic regulations) and the corresponding implementing 
language. (To be completed by the fall of 2009)
    Seeking Public Comment: Possible areas of concern for stakeholders 
may include:
     Conflicts with other regulations;
     Disposal cost issues at ports/terminals;
     Requirement for lab analysis of Annex I or II wastes;
     Segregation of Annex V wastes; and
     Additional burden, if any, of adopting standardized 
Advance Notice Forms (ANF) and/or Waste Delivery Receipt (WDR) forms 
adopted by the International Maritime Organization.
    Public comments that are received will assist and complement CTAC's 
efforts. CTAC's MARPOL Annex working group is scheduled to meet in 
February 2009. Comments must be received by January 31, 2009 in order 
to be considered.

ADDRESSES: The public may address comments via USPS, e-mail or FAX, to 
Mr. James Prazak, CTAC Chairman, C/O The Dow Chemical Company, 2301 N. 
Brazosport Blvd., B-122, Freeport, TX 77541-3257. FAX (979) 238-9737, 
E-mail: jprazak@dow.com. The Coast Guard requests that copies of 
comments be sent HQ, U.S. Coast Guard, CG-5442, ATTN: Commander Michael 
Roldan, 2100 Second Street, SW., Washington, DC 20593-0001. Fax: 202-
372-1906, E-mail: luis.m.roldan@uscg.mil.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Commander Michael Roldan, telephone 
202-372-1130, e-mail: luis.m.roldan@uscg.mil, or David Condino, MARPOL 
COA Project Manager, telephone 202-372-1145, e-mail: 
david.a.condino@uscg.mil.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice seeking public comment is given under 
the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. (Pub. L. 92-463).
    Public Meeting: A separate Notice will be given regarding the next 
CTAC meeting at which time the Coast Guard will seek to discuss such 
public comments and the recommendations of CTAC. This will be a public 
meeting and instructions will be provided for those wishing to make 
oral presentations at the meeting and/or wishing to provide written 
comments.

    Dated: December 19, 2008.
J. Lantz,
Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards.
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