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Termination of Regulated Navigation Area: Monongahela River, Mile 81.0 to 83.0

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AGENCY:

Coast Guard, DOT.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Coast Guard is terminating the regulated navigation area on the Monongahela River from mile 81.0 to mile 83.0. The regulated navigation area had been established to ensure the safety of vessel traffic and workers during the construction of Grays Landing Lock. Now that all construction on Grays Landing Lock has been completed and the river's width is no longer restricted in this area, the regulated navigation area is no longer required.

DATES:

This rule is effective April 28, 2000.

ADDRESSES:

Comments and materials received from the public, as well as documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket, are part of CGD08-00-010 and are available for inspection or copying at Marine Safety Office Pittsburgh between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

LT M. D. Evanish, Project Manager, telephone number (412) 644-5808.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Regulatory Information

On January 7, 2000 the Coast Guard published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) entitled Termination of Regulated Navigation Area: Monongahela River, Mile 81.0 to 83.0 in the Federal Register (65 FR 005). The Coast Guard received no letters commenting on the proposed rule. No public hearing was requested, and none was held.

Background and Purpose

The regulated navigation area was established on November 29, 1991 to Start Printed Page 33450ensure the safety of vessel traffic and workers during the construction of Grays Landing Lock. The need for the Regulated Navigation Area no longer exists because all construction on Grays Landing Lock has been completed and the river's width is no longer restricted in this area. Therefore, since the safety concerns that necessitated the regulation no longer exist, this rule removes the regulation establishing this Regulated Navigation Area in § 165.819.

Discussion of Comments and Changes

No comments were received.

Regulatory Evaluation

This rule is not a “significant regulatory action” under section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866 and does not require an assessment of potential costs and benefits under section 6(a)(3) of that Order. The Office of Management and Budget has not reviewed it under that Order. It is not “significant” under the regulatory policies and procedures of the Department of Transportation (DOT)(44 FR 11040, February 26, 1979).

The Coast Guard expects the economic impact of this rule to be minimal therefore a full regulatory evaluation is unnecessary. The impact on routine navigation is expected to be minimal.

Small Entities

Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612), we considered whether this rule would have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The term “small entities” comprises small businesses, not-for-profit organizations that are independently owned and operated and are not dominant in their fields, and governmental jurisdictions with populations of less than 50,000.

The Coast Guard certifies under 5 U.S.C. 605(b) that this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.

Assistance for Small Entities

Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-121), we offered to assist small entities in understanding the rule so that they could better evaluate its effects on them and participate in the rulemaking process.

Small businesses may send comments on the actions of Federal employees who enforce, or otherwise determine compliance with, Federal regulations to the Small Business and Agriculture Regulatory Enforcement Ombudsman and the Regional Small Business Regulatory Fairness Boards. The Ombudsman evaluates these actions annually and rates each agency's responsiveness to small business. If you wish to comment on actions by employees of the Coast Guard, call 1-888-REG-FAIR (1-888-734-3247).

Collection of Information

This rule calls for no new collection of information under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520).

Federalism

We have analyzed this rule under Executive Order 13132 and have determined that this rule does not have implications for federalism under that Order.

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act

The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1531-1538) governs the issuance of Federal regulations that require unfunded mandates. An unfunded mandate is a regulation that requires a State, local, or tribal government or the private sector to incur direct costs without the Federal Government's having first provided the funds to pay those unfunded mandate costs. This rule will not impose an unfunded mandate.

Taking of Private Property

This rule will not effect a taking of private property or otherwise have taking implications under E.O. 12630, Governmental Actions and Interference with Constitutionally Protected Property Rights.

Civil Justice Reform

This rule meets applicable standards in sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform, to minimize litigation, eliminate ambiguity, and reduce burden.

Protection of Children

We have analyzed this rule under Executive Order 13045, Protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks. This rule is not an economically significant rule and does not concern an environmental risk to health or risk to safety that may disproportionately affect children.

Environment

The Coast Guard considered the environmental impact of this rule and concluded that under figure 2-1, paragraph (34)(g) of Commandant Instruction M16475.C, this rule is categorically excluded from further environmental documentation.

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List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165

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PART 165—[AMENDED]

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For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends

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1. The authority citation for part 165 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1231; 50 U.S.C. 191; 33 CFR 1.05-1(g), 6.04-1, 6.04-6 and 160.5; 49 CFR 1.46.

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2. Section 165.819 is removed in its entirety.

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Dated: April 28, 2000.

Paul J. Pluta,

Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District.

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[FR Doc. 00-13013 Filed 5-23-00; 8:45 am]

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