CONCORD, Mass. --
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District received a permit application to conduct work in waters of the United States from Edge Cable Holdings USA, LLC for proposed work in Nahant Bay (Atlantic Ocean) in the waters of Lynn, Rockport, Gloucester, Manchester By-the-Sea, Beverly, Salem, Marblehead and Swampscott, Massachusetts.
The proposed work involves the installation of a 1.5-inch diameter submarine fiber optic telecommunication cable system to link the United States, France and the United Kingdom. The purpose is to improve telecommunication data transmission capacity and speeds in order to satisfy a growing demand for transmission capacity in the United States and Europe. In the United States, the cable would extend 214 miles from the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) landward to a utility manhole in the City of Lynn. Approximately 33.7 miles of this cable would be located in Massachusetts state waters.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is soliciting comments from members of the public; federal, state and local agencies; Indian Tribes; and other interested parties to consider and evaluate the impacts of this proposed activity. The comment period opens June 22, 2021.
The public notice with more detailed information is available for review on the District website at: https://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/PublicNotices, file # NAE-2019-01014.
Public comments on this proposed work by the Edge Cable Holdings USA, LLC should be forwarded no later than July 22, 2021, to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Attn: Ruth Ann Brien, Regulatory Division, 696 Virginia Road, Concord, MA 01742 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reference file # NAE-2019-01014.
Release no. 21-032