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[Federal Register: March 4, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 42)]
[Notices]
[Page 10465-10466]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:fr04mr99-62]
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[FRL-6237-7]

No Discharge Zone Determinations for Broad Creek, Lake Keowee, Lake Murray, Lake Thurmond, and Lake Wylie

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 has received petitions from the State of South Carolina requesting a determination that adequate and reasonably available pump out facilities exist for Broad Creek, Lake Keowee, Lake Murray, Lake Thurmond, and Lake Wylie. The purpose of this petition is to enable these water bodies to qualify for No Discharge Zone (NDZ) designation. The State of Georgia concurs with this determination for Lake Thurmond (known as Clarks Hill Lake in Georgia), and the State of North Carolina concurs with this determination for Lake Wylie.

The EPA Regional Administrator for Region 4 concurs with the State of South Carolina's determination. This action is taken pursuant to section 312(f)(3) of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and Public Law 92-500 as amended by Public Law 95-217 and Public Law 100-4, that adequate facilities for the safe and sanitary removal of sewage from all vessels are reasonably available for these water bodies to qualify as NDZs.

EPA's action allows prohibition regarding discharge from vessels to be applied by these States. Specifically, section 312(f)(3) of the CWA states:

After the effective date of the initial standards and regulations promulgated under this section, if any State determines that the protection and enhancement of the quality of some or all of the waters within such States require greater environmental protection, such State may completely prohibit the discharge from all vessels of any sewage, whether treated or not into such waters, except that no such prohibition shall apply until the Administrator determines that adequate facilities for the safe and sanitary removal and treatment of sewage from all vessels are reasonably available for such water to which such prohibition would apply.

According to the State of South Carolina, the following facilities and conditions exist for these five water bodies.

Broad Creek

Broad Creek is located on the Island of Hilton Head just north of Calibogue Sound. It is a shallow estuary extending across much of the island in a northeast to southwest direction, from its headwaters not far from the Atlantic Ocean to the mouth at Calibogue Sound. Its surface waters cover an area of 1.08 square miles (approximately 692 acres) in Beaufort county, South Carolina.

The facilities available for pumping out vessel holding tanks, addresses, telephone number, hours of operation, and vessel drafts are as follows:

(1) Palmetto Bay Marina; 164-D Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head, South Carolina 29928; 843-785-3910; 8 AM-6:30 PM (summer) 8 AM-5:30 PM (winter); 22' draft.

(2) Wexford Lock Harbor Marina; Wexford Plantation, Hilton Head, South Carolina 29928; 843-686-8805; 8 AM-5 PM year round; 8' draft.

(3) Shelter Cove Marina; PO Box 5628, Hilton Head, South Carolina 29938; 843-842-7001; 7:30 AM-7 PM (summer) 7:30 AM-5PM (winter); 9' draft.

Marine toilet waste from all of these facilities will be treated in municipal wastewater treatment plants. It is estimated that 395 vessels in this area are equipped with Marine Sanitation Devices (MSD). Therefore the ratio of boats with MSDs to pump out facilities is 132 boats per pump out facility.

Lake Thurmond

Lake Thurmond (Clarks Hill Lake in Georgia) straddles the Georgia South Carolina Border. The dam is located approximately 10 miles north of Augusta, Georgia. This lake is a reservoir of approximately 70,000 acres with 1,200 miles of shoreline.

The facilities available for pumping out vessel holding tanks, addresses, telephone number, hours of operation, and vessel drafts are as follows:

(1) Plum Branch Yacht Club; PO Box 370, Plum Branch, South Carolina 29845; 864-443-1380; 9 AM-9 PM (summer) 10 AM-2 PM (winter); 15' draft.

(2) Tradewinds Marina; 5577 Marina Parkway, Appling, Georgia 30802; 706-541-1380; 9 AM-5:30 PM year round; 30' draft.

Marine toilet waste from these marinas will be treated in state approved septic tank systems. It is estimated that 74 vessels in this area are equipped with MSDs. Therefore, the ratio of boats with MSDs to pump out facilities is 37 boats per pump out facility.

Lake Murray

Lake Murray is located just north of the City of Columbia, South Carolina. This lake is a reservoir of approximately 78 square miles (50,000 acres) with 520 miles of shoreline.

The facilities available for pumping out vessel holding tanks, addresses, telephone number, hours of operation, and vessel drafts are as follows:

(1) Dreher Island State Park; 3677 State Park Road, Prosperity, South Carolina 29127; 803-364-4152; 6 AM-9 PM (summer) 6 AM-6 PM (winter); 12' draft.

(2) Jakes Landing; 220 Jakes Landing Road #2, Lexington, South Carolina 29072; 803-359-9268; 9 AM-8 PM (summer) 9 AM-5 PM (winter); 8' draft.

(3) Lake Murray Marina; 1600 Marina Road, Ballentine, South Carolina 29002; 803-781-1585; 8 AM-7 PM (summer) 8 AM-5 PM (winter); 15' draft.

(4) Lighthouse Marina; 1925 Johnson's Marina Road, Chapin, South Carolina 29026; 8 AM-8 PM (summer) 8 AM-5 PM (winter); 8' draft.

(5) Night Harbor; 824 Yacht Club Point, PO Box 107, Ballentine, South Carolina 29002; hours of operation not available; 13' draft.

(6) Robisons Lakeside Marina; 3072 Hwy 378, Leesville, South Carolina 29070; 803-532-4231; 9 AM-6 PM (summer) 9 AM-5 PM (winter); 5' draft.

(7) Windward Point Yacht Club; PO Box 327, Irmo, South Carolina 29063; 803-781-2285; open 24 hours year round; 5' draft.

Marine toilet waste from these marinas will be treated as follows:

Dreher Island State Park--.06 mgd package plant (NPDES Permit SC0026048).

Jakes Landing, Lake Murray Marina, Windward Point--state approved septic tank Lighthouse Marina--public wastewater collection and treatment system.

Night Harbor, Robison's Lakeside Marina--holding tank which is hauled to a municipal treatment facility.

It is estimated that 256 vessels in this area are equipped with MSDs. Therefore, the ratio of boats with MSDs to pump out facilities is 37 boats per pump out facility.

Lake Keowee

Lake Keowee is located in the northwest corner of South Carolina, approximately 30 miles west of Greenville, South Carolina. The surface

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waters of this reservoir/lake cover 18,400 acres and its shoreline is about 300 miles.

The facilities available for pumping out vessel holding tanks, addresses, telephone, hours of operation, and vessel drafts are as follows:

Lake Keowee Marina; 150 Keowee Marina Drive, Seneca, South Carolina 29679; 864-882-2047; 8 AM-8 PM (summer) 9 AM-5 PM (winter) closed Mondays; 20' draft.

Marine toilet waste from this facility is treated in a state approved and regulated septic tank.

It is estimated that there are 92 vessels in this area that are equipped with MSDs.

Lake Wylie

Lake Wylie straddles the North Carolina--South Carolina border near Charlotte, North Carolina. The surface waters of this lake/reservoir cover 12,455 acres and its shoreline is about 327 miles.

The facilities available for pumping out vessel holding tanks, addresses, telephone, hours of operation, and vessel drafts are as follows:

(1) Harbortowne Marina; PO Box 6122, Charlotte, North Carolina 28207; 704-347-4224; 9 AM-7 PM (summer) 10 AM-4 PM (winter); 10' draft.

(2) River Hills Marina Club; 12 Executive Place, Lake Wylie, South Carolina 29710; 803-831-0758; 18' draft.

Marine toilet waste from Harbortowne Marina is treated by a state approved and regulated septic tank. Marine toilet waste from River Hills Marina Club is treated in a public waste water treatment system.

It is estimated that there are 188 vessels in this area that are equipped with MSDs. Therefore the ratio of boats with MSDs to pumpout facilities is 94 boats per pump out facility.

Comments concerning this action may be filed on or before 30 days from the date of this document. Such communication should be addressed to Wesley B. Crum, Chief, Coastal Programs and Surface Water Quality Grants Section, EPA, Region 4, Sam Nunn Federal Center, 61 Forsyth Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3104. Telephone 404-562-9352.

A. Stanley Meiburg,
Acting Regional Administrator, Region 4.
[FR Doc. 99-5381 Filed 3-3-99; 8:45 am]
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