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New ‘No Sewage Discharge’ Areas Now Protect Most Of Mass. Coast

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BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts environment officials are celebrating the approval of the last two major designated “no-discharge” areas, which will ban boat sewage along nearly the entire coast of the state.

State Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan, Environmental Protection Agency Region Director Curt Spalding and other officials will celebrate the approval Friday morning in Barnstable.

The two new no-discharge areas are located along the coast of southern Cape Cod and the islands and Mount Hope Bay, near Fall River.

In those areas the discharge of untreated boat sewage will be prohibited.

The southern Cape Cod zone will provide 29 pump-out facilities to service vessels in the area, while the Mount Hope Bay area will have three.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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