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Suspension of Community Eligibility

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AGENCY:

Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

This rule identifies communities, where the sale of flood insurance has been authorized under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), that are suspended on the effective dates listed within this rule because of noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of the program. If the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) receives documentation that the community has adopted the required floodplain management measures prior to the effective suspension date given in this rule, the suspension will be withdrawn by publication in the Federal Register.

EFFECTIVE DATES:

The effective date of each community's suspension is the third date (“Susp.”) listed in the third column of the following tables.

ADDRESSES:

If you wish to determine whether a particular community was suspended on the suspension date, contact the appropriate FEMA Regional Office or the NFIP servicing contractor.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Donna M. Dannels, Branch Chief, Policy, Assessment and Outreach Division, Mitigation Directorate, 500 C Street, S.W., Room 411, Washington, D.C. 20472, (202) 646-3098.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The NFIP enables property owners to purchase flood insurance which is generally not otherwise available. In return, communities agree to adopt and administer local floodplain management aimed at protecting lives and new construction from future flooding. Section 1315 of the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4022, prohibits flood insurance coverage as authorized under the National Flood Insurance Program, 42 U.S.C. 4001 et seq., unless an appropriate public body adopts adequate floodplain management measures with effective enforcement measures. The communities listed in this document no longer meet that statutory requirement for compliance with program regulations, 44 CFR part 59 et seq. Accordingly, the communities will be suspended on the effective date in the third column. As of that date, flood insurance will no longer be available in the community. However, some of these communities may adopt and submit the required documentation of legally enforceable floodplain management measures after this rule is published but prior to the actual suspension date. These communities will not be suspended and will continue their eligibility for the sale of insurance. A notice withdrawing the suspension of the communities will be published in the Federal Register.

In addition, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has identified the special flood hazard areas in these communities by publishing a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM). The date of the FIRM if one has been published, is indicated in the fourth column of the table. No direct Federal financial assistance (except assistance pursuant to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act not in connection with a flood) may legally be provided for construction or acquisition of buildings in the identified special flood hazard area of communities not participating in the NFIP and identified for more than a year, on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's initial flood insurance map of the community as having flood-prone areas (section 202(a) of the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973, 42 U.S.C. 4106(a), as amended). This prohibition against certain types of Federal assistance becomes effective for the communities listed on the date shown in the last column. The Associate Director finds that notice and public comment under 5 U.S.C. 553(b) are impracticable and unnecessary because communities listed in this final rule have been adequately notified.

Each community receives a 6-month, 90-day, and 30-day notification addressed to the Chief Executive Officer that the community will be suspended unless the required floodplain management measures are met prior to Start Printed Page 30546the effective suspension date. Since these notifications have been made, this final rule may take effect within less than 30 days.

National Environmental Policy Act

This rule is categorically excluded from the requirements of 44 CFR Part 10, Environmental Considerations. No environmental impact assessment has been prepared.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

The Associate Director has determined that this rule is exempt from the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act because the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4022, prohibits flood insurance coverage unless an appropriate public body adopts adequate floodplain management measures with effective enforcement measures. The communities listed no longer comply with the statutory requirements, and after the effective date, flood insurance will no longer be available in the communities unless they take remedial action.

Regulatory Classification

This final rule is not a significant regulatory action under the criteria of section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866 of September 30, 1993, Regulatory Planning and Review, 58 FR 51735.

Paperwork Reduction Act

This rule does not involve any collection of information for purposes of the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.

Executive Order 12612, Federalism

This rule involves no policies that have federalism implications under Executive Order 12612, Federalism, October 26, 1987, 3 CFR, 1987 Comp., p. 252.

Executive Order 12778, Civil Justice Reform

This rule meets the applicable standards of section 2(b)(2) of Executive Order 12778, October 25, 1991, 56 FR 55195, 3 CFR, 1991 Comp., p. 309.

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List of Subjects in 44 CFR Part 64

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Accordingly,

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PART 64—[AMENDED]

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1. The authority citation for part 64 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 42 U.S.C. 4001 et seq.; Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1978, 3 CFR, 1978 Comp., p. 329; E.O. 12127, 44 FR 19367, 3 CFR, 1979 Comp., p. 376.

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2. The tables published under the authority of § 64.6 are amended as follows:

64.6—List of eligible communities

State and locationCommunity No.Effective date authorization/cancellation of sale of flood insurance in communityCurrent effective map dateDate certain Federal assistance no longer available in special flood hazard areas
Region I
New Hampshire: Brentwood, town of, Rockingham County330125June 10, 1975, Emerg.; April 15, 1981; Reg. May 4, 200005-04-0005-04-00
Charlestown: town of, Sullivan County330153November 3, 1975, Emerg.; April 15, 1981; Reg. May 4, 200005-04-0005-04-00
Walpole, town of, Cheshire County330027June 9, 1975, Emerg.; April 15, 1981; Reg. May 4, 200005-04-0005-04-00
Region II
New York: Cooperstown, village of, Otsego County360665May 28, 1975, Emerg.; February 1, 1988, Reg. May 4, 200005-04-0005-04-00
Greenwich, village of, Washington County360887April 2, 1975, Emerg.; April 17, 1985, Reg. May 4, 200005-04-0005-04-00
New Bremen, town of, Lewis County360373January 2, 1976, Emerg.; June 19, 1985, Reg. May 4, 200005-04-0005-04-00
New York Mills, village of, Oneida County360537May 23, 1975, Emerg.; May 16, 1983, Reg. May 4, 200005-04-0005-04-00
Whitesboro, village of, Oneida County360566March 15, 1974, Emerg.; February 1, 1978, Reg. May 4, 200005-04-0005-04-00
Whitestown, town of, Oneida County360567May 13, 1975, Emerg.; September 15, 1983, Reg. May 4, 200005-04-0005-04-00
Yorkville, village of, Oneida County360568September 19, 1974, Emerg.; June 1, 1983, Reg. May 4, 200005-04-0005-04-00
Region III
West Virginia: Grant County, unincorporated areas540038October 22, 1975, Emerg.; August 1, 1987, Reg. May 4, 200005-04-0005-04-00
Petersburg, city of, Grant County540039April 18, 1975, Emerg.; June 18, 1987, Reg. May 4, 200005-04-0005-04-00
Region IV
North Carolina: Spring Lake, town of, Cumberland County370484February 14, 1997, Reg.; May 4, 2000, Susp05-04-0005-04-00
Region V
Minnesota: Elk River, city of, Sherburne County270436February 19, 1974, Emerg.; May 2, 1977, Susp. May 4, 200005-04-0005-04-00
Sherburne County, unincorporated areas270435May 16, 1974, Emerg.; May 19, 1981, Susp. May 4, 200005-04-0005-04-00
Region X
Washington: Aberdeen, city of, Grays Harbor County530058May 9, 1974, Emerg.; July 16, 1984, Susp. May 4, 200005-04-0005-04-00
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Region II
New York: Clarkstown, town of, Rockland County360679October 24, 1974, Emerg.; March 2, 1983, Susp. May 18, 200005-18-0005-18-00
Painted Post, village of, Steuben County360779February 23, 1973, Emerg.; September 30, 1977, Susp. May 18, 200005-18-0005-18-00
Region III
West Virginia: Logan County, unincorporated areas545536January 29, 1971, Emerg.; April 7, 1972, Susp. May 18, 200005-18-0005-18-00
Morgan County, unincorporated areas540144October 28, 1975, Emerg.; July 1, 1987, Susp. May 18, 200005-18-0005-18-00
Region V
Wisconsin: Crawford County, unincorporated areas555551March 19, 1971, Emerg.; April 20, 1973, Susp. May 18, 200005-18-0005-18-00
Code for reading third column: Emerg.-Emergency; Reg.-Regular; Susp.-Suspension.
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Dated: April 28, 2000.

Michael J. Armstrong,

Associate Director for Mitigation.

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[FR Doc. 00-11988 Filed 5-11-00; 8:45 am]

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