On September 23, 2011, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of Coastal and Ocean Management (OCRM) approved a routine program change to the Massachusetts Coastal Management Program pursuant to the Coastal Zone Management Act (16 U.S.C § 1451 et seq.), in accordance with regulations at 15 C.F.R. § 923.84. The approval went into effect when it was then noticed in the October 4 Environmental Monitor. The approved routine program change consists of formal adoption of the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan and the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management Policy Guide - October 2011 (Policy Guide)—which replaces the May 2011 Policy Guide as the official statement of the Massachusetts coastal program policies and legal authorities, especially as they relate to the process of federal consistency review. Included in the revised Policy Guide are updates to the program policies, underlying legal authorities, and listed federal license or permit activities. The following documents pertaining to the approved program change are available for download:

Copies of the approved program changes and the OCRM approval letter may also be obtained by contacting Robert Boeri, CZM Project Review Coordinator at (617) 626-1050 or Robert.Boeri@state.ma.us.

Questions regarding NOAA's decision and supporting information may be submitted to:

Ms. Joelle Gore, Acting Chief
Coastal Programs Division
OCRM/NOAA (N/ORM3)
1305 East-West Highway, 11th Floor
Silver Spring, MD 20910.