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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BG02 Publication ID: Spring 2018 
Title: Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary Designation 

On September 16, 2014, pursuant to section 304 of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act and the Sanctuary Nomination Process (79 FR 33851), a coalition of community groups submitted a nomination asking NOAA to designate Mallows Bay-Potomac River as a national marine sanctuary. The Mallows Bay area of the tidal Potomac River is an area 40 miles south of Washington, DC, off the Nanjemoy Peninsula of Charles County, MD. The designation of a national marine sanctuary would focus on conserving the collection of maritime heritage resources (shipwrecks) in the area as well as expand the opportunities for public access, recreation, tourism, research, and education. NOAA completed its review of the nomination in accordance with the Sanctuary Nomination Process and on January 12, 2015, added the area to the inventory of nominations that are eligible for designation. On October 7, 2015, NOAA issued a notice of intent to begin the designation process and asked for public comment on making this area a national marine sanctuary. Designation under the National Marine Sanctuaries Act would allow NOAA to supplement and complement work by the State of Maryland and other Federal agencies to protect this collection of nationally significant shipwrecks.

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Other 
CFR Citation: 15 CFR 922   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1431 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  01/09/2017  82 FR 2254   
NPRM Comment Period End  03/31/2017 
Final Action  06/00/2018 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: Local, State, Tribal 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Vicki Wedell
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1305 East-West Highway (N/ORM6),
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone:240 533-0650