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Notice Of Availability Final

NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AND FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT FOR PROPOSED SHIPBREAKING OF AN EX-COAST GUARD ISLAND CLASS CUTTER AT US COAST GUARD YARD BALTIMORE, MARYLAND The US Coast Guard (USCG) announces the availability of the Final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the proposed disposal of the hull of the ex-Coast Guard Cutter (CGC) MATINICUS (WPB 1315) - a 110-foot Island Class Cutter - currently positioned at Coast Guard Yard Baltimore per the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR Parts 1500-1508); Department of Homeland Security Management Directive 023-01; and Coast Guard Commandant Instruction (COMDTINST) M16475.1D, National Environmental Policy Act Implementing Procedures and Policy for Considering Environmental Impacts. The USCG proposes a one-time tow of the cutter to a licensed and permitted facility to demolish (or shipbreak) the hull and dispose of the scrap property in a permitted procedure. The ex-CGC MATINICUS is currently moored along Pier 2 at Yard Baltimore. The cutter has already been stripped of major equipment, paneling, insulation, and wiring. All component tanks have been cleaned of fuel, oil, wastewater, and black water. The USCG intends to have the cutter towed to a regional, permitted facility, and scrapped through crushing, smashing, shearing, cutting, breaking, melting, burning, slashing, or other effective means that would render materials incapable of restoration, rehabilitation, or re-manufacture as an item usable for its originally intended purpose before turn-in to any disposal facility or activity. The USCG proposes to have the cutter towed from Yard Baltimore to a regionally located scrapping facility. The USCG would coordinate with the Association of Maryland Pilots and publish and broadcast Notices to Mariners for the one-time tow event. The Final EA presents the purpose and need for the action, the proposed action and alternatives, a description of the affected environment, and an analysis of environmental consequences. The Final EA also documents cumulative impacts from projects which are proposed, under construction, recently completed, or anticipated to be implemented in the near future. Based on the findings of the Final EA, the USCG concluded that the proposed action would have no significant impacts on the environment and issued the accompanying FONSI. The Final EA and FONSI can be reviewed at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201. Individuals may request a copy of the EA from Nick Meisinger via regular mail at Amec Foster Wheeler, 9210 Sky Park Court, Suite 200, San Diego, California 92123 or via electronic mail at nick.meisinger@amecfw.com.

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