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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Public Notices

Under the Coastal Zone Management Act, the New Hampshire Coastal Program (NHCP) provides the public with opportunities to comment on activities requiring federal consistency review, proposed changes to Coastal Program rules, and draft plans. Please see below for current public notices and comment periods.

Federal Consistency Public Notices

Pursuant to Section 307(c) of the Coastal Zone Management Act, the NHCP has received consistency requests for the following proposed activities. Public Notice is provided in accordance with the Federal Consistency Regulations (15 C.F.R. Part 930).

Written comments may be submitted to the NHCP, Pease Field Office, 222 International Drive, Suite 175, Portsmouth, NH, 03801. Comments may also be submitted electronically to For additional information, please contact Christian Williams at (603) 559-0025.

Current Federal Consistency Notices

Agency/Applicant: EnviroSystems, Inc.

EnviroSystems, Inc. (ESI) is applying for renewal of its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit (NH0022055) from the Environmental Protection Agency to discharge treated water to the Taylor River in Hampton. ESI provides acute and chronic exposure toxicity testing services to industrial facilities, municipalities, and state agencies. ESI’s current NPDES Permit was issued on June 19, 2012, and expires on June 19, 2017.

ESI generally discharges between 700 and 2,500 gallons per day, with occasional maximum flows of 11,000 gallons per day. The water is primarily used for maintenance/culture of the sea urchin Arbacia punctulata and the conduct of flow-through marine sediment assays. The discharge receives no domestic sanitary waste.

All salt water used by ESI is taken from the Taylor River. Water is pumped from the river, generally at high tide in order to insure the highest salinity, passed through a high volume sand filter followed by a 50 micron filtration system and then stored in polyethylene tanks. After use in the laboratory, the water is passed through a filtration system consisting of two high volume bag filters (20 micron and 5 micron) placed in series and then through a UV sterilization unit. The water is then discharged back to the Taylor River through a multiport diffuser located approximately 700 feet East of U.S. Route 1. The diffuser is designed to achieve 100:1 plus dilution under maximum flow conditions at dead low tide. The salinity of the discharged water is approximately equal to that of the incoming water.

Comments Deadline: April 7, 2017
Agency/Applicant: Unitil Corporation

Unitil Corporation is proposing to install approximately 150 feet of 10-inch diameter gas pipe, a 10-inch ball valve with bridle, and a 6-inch diameter pipeline connection to its existing meter and pressure regulation station located at 6 Newfields Road in Exeter The project will replace the existing 8-inch ball valve along with its related reducers, elbows and fittings. The proposed work is necessary to allow for mandatory internal inspection of the natural gas pipeline to be performed.

As the project involves an interstate natural gas main, it is subject to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulations under Section 7 of the Natural Gas Act. Specifically, the project qualifies under FERC’s automatic blanket certification process, which requires compliance with applicable laws and regulations, including the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended.

Comments Deadline: April 7, 2017
Agency/Applicant: National Marine Fisheries Service

The National Marine Fisheries Service is proposing Omnibus Essential Fish Habitat Amendment 2. If implemented, the measures recommended in Amendment 2 would:

  • Update the Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) designations for all stocks and life stages managed by the New England Fishery Management Council;
  • Designate Habitat Areas of Particular Concern;
  • Revise the spatial management of habitat protection by:
    • Establishing habitat management areas, with a variety of gear restrictions, throughout the New England region, designed to minimize to the extent practicable the adverse effects of fishing on EFH, including reducing impacts on juvenile groundfish;
    • Establishing seasonal spawning protections for groundfish in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank, designed to balance the need for seasonal spawning protection and maximizing the societal net benefits from the groundfish stocks; and
    • Establishing Dedicated Habitat Research Areas; and
Revise the frameworkable provisions and administrative issues for spatial management reviews in the future.
Comments Deadline: April 7, 2017
Agency/Applicant: National Marine Fisheries Service

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is proposing the Unmanaged Forage Omnibus Amendment to manage the catch of forage species within Mid-Atlantic federal waters.

Specifically, the proposed action would designate 15 taxa (anchovies, argentines, greeneyes, halfbeaks, herrings/sardines, lanternfish, pearlsides, sand lances, silversides, cusk eels, bullet mackerel, frigate mackerel, Atlantic saury, pelagic mollusks, and copepods/krill/amphipods) as ecosystem component species within fisheries managed by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, and establish a cumulative possession limit of such species for vessels issued a Federal commercial fishing permit and fishing within Mid-Atlantic Federal waters. Further, this action would establish an annual landing limit for Atlantic chub mackerel and a possession limit once the annual limit is reached. The annual landing limit would apply to all landings of forage species caught within Mid-Atlantic Federal waters, including by vessels that land in New England ports.

The primary purpose of the proposed Amendment is to prohibit the development of new, and expansion of existing, directed commercial fisheries on certain forage species until such time as additional information becomes available to more effectively assess and manage those species. 

Comments Deadline: April 7, 2017

Other Public Notices - None at this time.

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