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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 17-199


Federal Consistency under the Coastal Zone Management Act; Maintenance Dredging at the Philadelphia Shipyard

[47 Pa.B. 732]
[Saturday, February 4, 2017]

 This notice is published under section 306(d)(14) of the Federal Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (16 U.S.C.A. § 1455(d)(14)), regarding public participation during consistency determinations. The Department of Environmental Protection (Department), Coastal Resources Management Program has received notice that the Philadelphia Shipyard (Shipyard) is proposing to conduct maintenance dredging.

 The Shipyard is located along the Delaware River in Philadelphia, PA and consists of piers and dry docks that are utilized to construct vessels for operation in the Jones Act market. The Shipyard is proposing to conduct maintenance dredging of Dry Docks 4 and 5 to ensure continued successful operation of these docks. Sediment build-up in front of the gates of the dry docks has the potential to cause damage to the gate operating system. The Shipyard plans to dredge material from the two dry dock areas and dispose of the material in White's Basin, Logan Township, NJ. Dredging will be completed to a depth of -40 feet lower low water (mean lower low water) plus 2 feet mean of allowable overdredge. Approximately 50,000 cubic yards of material will be removed.

 This project is subject to Department review for Federal consistency because it is a Federal license and permit activity and will have reasonably foreseeable effects on the Commonwealth's coastal resources or uses.

 In accordance with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) regulations in 15 CFR Part 930, Subpart D (relating to consistency for activities requiring a Federal license or permit), the Shipyard has certified that the proposed activity will be conducted in a manner consistent with the applicable enforceable policies of the Commonwealth's NOAA-approved Coastal Resources Management Program. Interested parties may request a copy of the Federal Consistency Certification from the Department contact listed as follows.

 Questions regarding this review should be directed to Matthew Walderon, Federal Consistency Coordinator, at (717) 772-2196 or

 The Department will consider all comments received on or before February 21, 2017, before issuing a final Federal consistency concurrence or objection. Comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted. Comments, including comments submitted by e-mail, must include the originator's name and address. Commentators are encouraged to submit comments using the Department's online eComment system at or by e-mail to Written comments should be submitted by mail to the Department of Environmental Protection, Compacts and Commissions Office, 400 Market Street, P.O. Box 8465, Harrisburg, PA 17101-8465.

Acting Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 17-199. Filed for public inspection February 3, 2017, 9:00 a.m.]

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