Coast Guard, DOT.
Temporary final rule; removal.
The Coast Guard established a temporary safety zone within a 1500 feet radius surrounding the drill boat APACHE while it is engaged in drilling or blasting operations at the entrance of San Juan Harbor, Puerto Rico. The regulation was published in the Federal Register of July 21, 2000 (65 FR 45293). A second safety zone for the same area was published in error in the Federal Register of July 26, 2000 (65 FR 45908). To ensure the safety of personnel and to protect vessels in the vicinity of the drilling and blasting operations this Start Printed Page 54796temporary rule removes the second safety zone.
This rule is effective September 11, 2000.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Lieutenant Commander Robert Lefevers, Chief of Port Operations, Coast Guard Marine Safety Office San Juan, telephone (787) 706-2440.End Further Info
Documents indicated in this preamble are available in the docket, are part of docket COTP San Juan 00-065, and are available for inspection or copying at the USCG Marine Safety Office, Rodriguez and Del Valle Building, 4th Floor, Calle San Martin, Road #2, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays.End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
We did not publish a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for this regulation. Under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for not publishing an NPRM. It is contrary to the public interest to publish an NPRM for an existing regulation that was published in error.
Under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for making this rule effective less than 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. The second regulation that established the safety zone surrounding the drill boat APACHE requires immediate removal in order to limit public confusion and to protect vessels and personnel in the vicinity of the drilling and blasting operations in San Juan Harbor, Puerto Rico.
Background and Purpose
The Coast Guard established a temporary safety zone within a 1500 feet radius surrounding the drill boat Apache while it is engaged in drilling or blasting operations at the entrance of San Juan Harbor, Puerto Rico. The regulation was published in the Federal Register of July 21, 2000 (65 FR 45293). A second safety zone for the same area was published in error in the Federal Register of July 26, 2000 (65 FR 45908). To ensure the safety of personnel and to protect vessels in the vicinity of the drilling and blasting operations this temporary rule removes the second safety zone.
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 proposal to be so minimal that a full Regulatory Evaluation under paragraph 10(e) of the regulatory policies and procedures of DOT is unnecessary as this rule removes an unnecessary regulation.
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 want to assist small entities in understanding this rule so that they can better evaluate its effects on them and participate in the rulemaking process. If the rule would affect your small business, organization, or government jurisdiction and you have questions concerning its provisions or options for compliance, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT for assistance in understanding and participating in this rulemaking. We also have a point of contact for commenting on actions by employees of the Coast Guard. 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 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520).
We have analyzed this rule under Executive Order 13132 and have determined that this rule does not have implications for federalism under that Order.
The 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 Executive Order 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 safety that may disproportionately affect children.
The Coast Guard has considered the environmental impact of this rule and concluded that under figure 2-1, paragraph 34(g) of Commandant Instruction M16475.1C, this rule is categorically excluded from further environmental documentation.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects In 33 CFR Part 165
- Marine safety
- Navigation (water)
- Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, and Safety measures
For the reasons discussed in the Preamble, the Coast Guard amends 33 CFR part 165 as follows:End Amendment Part Start Part Start Printed Page 54797
PART 165—REGULATED AREAS AND LIMITED NAVIGATION AREASEnd Part Start Amendment Part
1. The authority citation for part 165 continues to read as follows:End Amendment Part
2. Remove § 165.T00-065.End Amendment Part Start Signature
Dated: August 30, 2000.
Commander, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
[FR Doc. 00-23259 Filed 9-8-00; 8:45 am]
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