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[Federal Register: October 3, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 192)]
[Page 57479-57480]
>From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]


Coast Guard
RIN 1625-AA32
Standards for Living Organisms in Ship's Ballast Water Discharged
in U.S. Waters

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.
ACTION: Notice of public meetings.


SUMMARY: Under the direction of the National Invasive Species Act, and
the National Environmental Policy Act, the Coast Guard seeks
consultation with all interested and affected stakeholders to discuss
issues to be addressed in the programmatic environmental impact
statement for the development of ballast water discharge standards as
stated in the September 26, 2003, Federal Register (68 FR 55559). To
accomplish this, the Coast Guard will hold five regional public scoping
meetings in order to expand the opportunity for public input. We seek
comments from any interested or affected stakeholders and encourage all
stakeholders to attend these meetings.

DATES: The public scoping meetings will be held on the following dates
in the cities listed:
    New Orleans, LA, October 27, 2003, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.;
    Oakland, CA, October 29, 2003, from, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.;
    Cleveland, OH, October 31, 2003, from, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.;
    Norfolk, VA, November 3, 2003, from, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; and
    Washington DC, November 7, 2003, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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ADDRESSES: The Coast Guard will hold the public scoping meetings at the
following locations:
    New Orleans, LA--New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal Street,
New Orleans, LA 70130, 1-504-581-1000;
    Oakland, CA--Elihu Harris Building, 1515 Clay Street,
Oakland, CA 94612, 1-510-622-2398;
    Cleveland, OH--Holiday Inn Select, 1111 Lakeside Avenue,
Cleveland, OH 44114, 1-216-241-5100;
    Norfolk, VA--Marriott Norfolk Waterside, 235 E. Main
Street, Norfolk, VA 23510, 1-757-627-4200; and
    Washington, DC--EPA East Building, Room 1153, 1201
Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20590, 1-202-566-1200.
    You may also submit your comments on this scoping effort directly
to the Docket Management Facility. To ensure that your comments and
related material are not entered more than once in the docket [USCG-
2001-10486], please submit them by only one of the following means:
    (1) By mail to the Docket Management Facility (USCG-2003-14273),
U.S. Department of Transportation, room PL-401, 400 Seventh Street,
SW., Washington, DC 20590-0001.
    (2) By delivery to room PL-401 on the Plaza level of the Nassif
Building, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5
p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The telephone
number is 202-366-9329.
    (3) By fax to the Docket Management Facility at 202-493-2251.
    (4) Electronically through the Web site for the Docket Management
System at <A HREF="" href="" eudora="autourl">http://dms.dot.gov">http://dms.dot.gov</A>
<A HREF="" href="" eudora="autourl">http://www.regulations.gov">http://www.regulations.gov</A>.

    You must also mail comments on collection of information to the
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and
Budget, 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503, ATTN: Desk Officer,
United States Coast Guard. In choosing among these means, please give
due regard to the recent difficulties and delays associated with
delivery of mail through the U.S. Postal Service to Coast Guard
    The Docket Management Facility maintains the public docket for this
notice. Comments and material received from the public, as well as
documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket,
will become part of this docket and will be available for inspection or
copying at room PL-401 on the Plaza level of the Nassif Building, 400
Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday
through Friday, except Federal holidays. You may also find this docket
on the Internet at <A HREF="" href="" eudora="autourl">http://dms.dot.gov">http://dms.dot.gov</A>.
    Anyone is able to search the electronic form of all comments
received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual
submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf
of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review
Department of Transportation's complete Privacy Act Statement in the
Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 70;
Pages 19477-78) or you may visit <A HREF="" href="" eudora="autourl">http://dms.dot.gov">http://dms.dot.gov</A>.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have any questions about the
project or the meetings, contact Mr. Bivan R. Patnaik, U.S. Coast Guard
at (202) 267-1744 or <A HREF="" href="" eudora="autourl">mailto:bpatnaik@comdt.uscg.mil">bpatnaik@comdt.uscg.mil</A>.


Request for Comments

    The Coast Guard encourages you to submit comments and related
material on the development of the programmatic environmental impact
statement. If you do so, please include your name and address, identify
the docket number [USCG-2001-10486], and provide the reasons for each
comment. You may submit your comments and material by mail, delivery,
fax, or electronic means to the Docket Management Facility at the
address under ADDRESSES; but please submit your comments and material
by only one means. Public comments will also be accepted at these
public scoping meetings.

Information on Service for Individuals With Disabilities

    If you plan to attend these meetings and require special
assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable
accommodations, contact us as indicated in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

Public Scoping Meetings

    The Coast Guard encourages interested and affected stakeholders to
attend the meetings and present oral comment or written comments during
the meetings. The meetings are open to members of the public. Please
note that the meetings may close early if all business is finished. If
you are unable to attend the meetings, we encourage you to submit
comments to the Docket Management Facility as indicated under Addresses
by December 26, 2003.

Background and Purpose

    On September 26, 2003, the Coast Guard published a notice of intent
with request for comments in the Federal Register (68 FR 55559) to
develop a programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) in
preparation of a proposed rulemaking to establish standards for ballast
water discharges. As part of the scoping process summarized in that
notice, and authorized by 40 CFR 1508.22(b)(4), the Coast Guard will
hold public meetings at the times and locations noted above under DATES
and ADDRESSES. You may consult the notice of intent for further
information about the proposed rule for establishing standards for
ballast water discharges. Please note that information regarding the
PEIS can also be found at the following Web sites: <A HREF="" href="" eudora="autourl">http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-m/mso/mso4/ans.html">http://www.uscg.mil/
<A HREF="" href="" eudora="autourl">http://www.epa.gov/owow/invasive_species/</A>

    Dated: September 30, 2003.
Joseph J. Angelo,
Director of Standards, Marine Safety, Security & Environmental
[FR Doc. 03-25188 Filed 10-2-03; 8:45 am]

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