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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BF99 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: ●Changes in Regulations for Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries Regarding Discharge Requirements for U.S. Coast Guard Activities 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) expanded the boundaries of Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (now renamed Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary or GFNMS) and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary (CBNMS) to an area north and west of their previous boundaries with a final rule published on March 12, 2015. The Final Rule entered into effect on June 9, 2015. At that time, NOAA postponed the effectiveness of the discharge requirements in both sanctuaries regulations with regard to U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) activities for six months, which has since been extended. Upon request by USCG, NOAA is considering allowing the following USCG discharges within part or all of GFNMS and CBNMS: (1) Untreated vessel sewage; (2) vessel graywater that does not meet the definition of clean as defined by the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA), and (3) ammunition and pyrotechnics (flare) materials used in USCG training exercises for use of force and search and rescue.

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 15 CFR 922   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1431 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Final Rule  05/31/2016  81 FR 34268   
Final Rule Effective  12/09/2016 
Other  02/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Related to 0648-BD18 
Agency Contact:
Helene Scalliet
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1305 East-West Highway,
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone:301 713-7281