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Coast Guard Requests Comments for Marine Liquefied Natural Gas Spills; Thermal and Vapor Dispersion Exclusion Zones

The Coast Guard is seeking public comments on a petition for rulemaking from the City of Fall River, Massachusetts. The petition requests regulations be promulgated that would establish thermal and vapor dispersion exclusion zones for marine spills of liquefied natural gas similar to those established by the Secretary of Transportation for spills of LNG on land (49 CFR §193.2057 and §193.2059).

You may submit comments identified by Coast Guard docket number USCG-2004-19615 to the Docket Management Facility at the U.S. Department of Transportation. To view comments or other material in the docket, go to and conduct a simple search using the docket number.

Comments and related material must reach the docket management facility on or before February 1, 2005.

For further information call Commander John Cushing at 202-267-1043, or e-mail If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, call Ms. Andrea M. Jenkins, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-0271.