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[Federal Register: April 4, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 66)]
[Notices]              
[Page 18545-18546]
 From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:fr04ap08-72]                        

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
Coast Guard
[USCG-2007-0041]

Application for the Integrated Tug and Barge MOKU PAHU, Review
for Inclusion in the Shipboard Technology Evaluation Program; Draft
Environmental Assessment

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.
ACTION: Notice of availability and request for public comments.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard announces the availability of the Draft
Environmental Assessment (DEA) for the integrated tug and barge MOKU
PAHU. The DEA describes the MOKU PAHU's application for the Shipboard
Technology Evaluation Program (STEP) Ballast Water Treatment System
demonstration initiative. The DEA for the MOKU PAHU also addresses
effects on the human and natural environments from installing, testing,
and using the Ecochlor Inc. ballast water treatment system as the
vessel operates in U.S. waters.

DATES: Comments and related materials must reach the Docket Management
Facility on or before June 3, 2008.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by Coast Guard docket
number USCG-2007-0041 to the Docket Management Facility at the U.S.
Department of Transportation. To avoid duplication, please use only one
of the following methods:
    (1) Online: <A HREF="http://www.regulations.gov";>http://www.regulations.gov</A>.
    (2) Mail: Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. Department of
Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New
Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590.
    (3) Hand Delivery: Room W12-140 on the Ground Floor of the West
Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9
a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The
telephone number is 202-366-9329.
    (4) Fax: 202-493-2251.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on the Draft
Environmental Assessment (DEA) or would like a copy of the DEA, please
contact LCDR Brian Moore, telephone 202-372-1434 or e-mail:
<A HREF="mailto:brian.e.moore@uscg.mil";>brian.e.moore@uscg.mil</A>. If you have questions on viewing or submitting
material to the docket, please call Ms. Renee V. Wright, Program
Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Request for Comments

    We encourage you to submit comments and related materials about the
Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) described in this notice. Persons
submitting comments should include their names and addresses, the
docket number for this notice (USCG-2007-0041), and the reasons for
each comment. You may submit your comments and materials by mail, hand
delivery, fax, or electronic means to the Docket Management Facility
listed under ADDRESSES. If you choose to submit them by mail or hand
delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no longer than 8\1/2\ by 11
inches, and suitable for copying and electronic filing. If you submit
them by mail and would like to know if they reached the Facility,
please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope. We will
consider all comments and materials received during the comment period.

Public Meetings

    We do not intend to hold any public meetings in association with
this DEA.

Legislative and Regulatory History

    In the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of
1990, as reauthorized, and as amended by the National Invasive Species
Act of 1996, Public Law 101-646 and Public Law 104-332, respectively,
Congress directed the Coast Guard to prevent introduction of aquatic
nonindigenous species (NIS) from ballast water discharged by ships. 16
U.S.C. 4711. To achieve this objective, the Coast Guard wrote new
regulations in 33 CFR 151, subparts C and D. 58 FR 18330, April 8,
1993, and 69 FR 44952, July 28, 2004, respectively.
    On December 8, 2004, the Coast Guard published a notice in the
Federal Register announcing its Shipboard Technology Evaluation Program
(STEP) for experimental shipboard ballast water treatment systems. 69
FR 1802. The

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program goal is to promote development of alternatives to ballast water
exchange as a means of preventing invasive species entering U.S. waters
through ships' ballast water. The comments we received support testing
prototype treatment equipment and developing effective and practicable
standards for approving this equipment.
    In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969
(Section 102(2)(c)), as implemented by the Council of Environment
Quality regulations in 40 CFR parts 1500-1508 and Coast Guard
Commandant Instruction M16475.1D, ``National Environmental Policy Act
Implementing Procedures and Policy for Considering Environmental
Impacts'', the Coast Guard prepared a Programmatic Environmental
Assessment (PEA) for the STEP to evaluate the environmental impacts
from installing and operating a limited number of prototype ballast
water treatment systems. 69 FR 71068. The PEA can be found in docket
USCG-2001-9267. That PEA addresses potential effects to the natural and
human environments including fish, marine mammals, invertebrates,
microorganisms and plankton, submerged and emergent species, threatened
and endangered species, and essential fish habitat. It also requires
each system to be evaluated for localized affects on the ports and
waterways where a vessel involved in the program operates.We request
your comments on the potential impacts of installing, using, and
testing the Echoclor, Inc. ballast water treatment system on the cruise
ship MOKU PAHU, as analyzed in the DEA. We also request your comments
on sources of data, reference material, or other information not
included in the DEA. Your comments will be considered in preparing a
Final Environmental Assessment for the MOKU PAHU.

    Dated: March 25, 2008.
J.G. Lantz,
U.S. Coast Guard, Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards.
[FR Doc. E8-6986 Filed 4-3-08; 8:45 am]
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