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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BG00 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: Monitor National Marine Sanctuary Boundary Expansion 
Abstract: The Monitor National Marine Sanctuary (sanctuary) was designated the nation's first national marine sanctuary in 1975. The site protects the wreck of the famed Civil War ironclad USS Monitor. It is located approximately 16 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, where it sank in a storm while under tow on December 31, 1862, with the loss of sixteen sailors. The sanctuary consists of a column of water one mile in diameter extending from the seabed to the surface, surrounding the shipwreck. NOAA is reviewing the sanctuary boundaries in order to evaluate the benefits, need and impact of expanding the sanctuary's boundaries to include additional submerged maritime cultural resources as described in the February 2013 Monitor National Marine Sanctuary Final Management Plan and Environmental Assessment. The Monitor National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council recommended that the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries evaluate an expansion of existing boundaries to protect, manage, and interpret additional historic shipwrecks and other potential maritime heritage resources that are located or believed to be located in the adjacent waters of North Carolina in an area known as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic." On January 8, 2016, NOAA issued a notice of intent regarding expanding the sanctuary and asked for public comments. 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant 
CFR Citation: 15 CFR 922   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1431 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  01/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Edward Lindelof
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1315 East-West Highway,
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone:240 533-0641
Email: edward.lindelof@noaa.gov