Ballast Water Management for Vessels Entering the Great Lakes That Declare No Ballast Onboard; Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact
The Coast Guard announces the availability of the Final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) that evaluated the potential environmental impacts resulting from the implementation of the policy on ballast water management for vessels entering the Great Lakes declaring no ballast onboard (NOBOB). The purpose of this policy is to prevent the introductions of aquatic nonindigenous species (NIS) into the Great Lakes.
Collection of Information Under Review by Office of Management and Budget: OMB Control Numbers 1625-0009, 1625-0014, 1625-0038, and 1625-0039
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to seek the approval of OMB for the renewal of four Information Collection Requests (ICRs). The ICRs are: (1) 1625- 0009, Oil Record Book for Ships; (2) 1625-0014, Request for Designation and Exemption of Oceanographic Research Vessels; (3) 1625-0038, Plan Approval and Records for Tank, Passenger, Cargo and Miscellaneous Vessels, Mobile Offshore Drilling Units, Nautical School Vessels, Oceanographic Research Vessels and Electrical Engineering ? 46 CFR Subchapters D, H, I, I-A, J, R, and U; and (4) 1625-0039, Declaration of Inspection Before Transfer of Liquid Cargo in Bulk. Before submitting the ICRs to OMB, the Coast Guard is inviting comments on them as described below.
Safety Zone; Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, Romeoville, IL
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal on the Illinois Waterway near Romeoville, Illinois. This safety zone is necessary to close the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal during safety testing of the permanent electrical dispersal barrier. This safety zone intended to restrict vessels from a portion of the Canal in Romeoville, IL, at various times over a 45 day period.