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Safety Zone: Queens Millennium Concert Fireworks, East River, NY

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AGENCY:

Coast Guard, DOT.

ACTION:

Temporary final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone for the Queens Millennium Concert Fireworks on the East River. This action is necessary to provide for the safety of life on navigable waters during the event. This action is intended to restrict vessel traffic in a portion of the East River.

DATES:

This rule is effective from 9 p.m. (e.s.t.) until 10:30 p.m. (e.s.t.) on May 19, 2001.

ADDRESSES:

Comments and material received from the public, as well as documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket, are part of docket (CGD01-01-015) and are available for inspection or copying at room 204, Coast Guard Activities New York, Waterways Oversight Branch, 212 Coast Guard Drive, Staten Island, New York, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Lieutenant M. Day, Waterways Oversight Branch, Coast Guard Activities New York (718) 354-4012.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Regulatory Information

On March 2, 2001, we published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) entitled Safety Zone: Queens Millennium Concert Fireworks, East River, NY in the Federal Register (66 FR 13032). We received no letters commenting on the proposed rule. No public hearing was requested, and none was held.

Background and Purpose

The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone for the Queens Millennium Concert Fireworks on the East River. The safety zone encompasses all waters of the East River, within a 180-yard radius of the fireworks barge in approximate position 40°44′43.3″ N 073°57′43.2″ W, about 240 yards east of Belmont Island.

The safety zone is effective from 9 p.m. (e.s.t.) until 10:30 p.m. (e.s.t.) on May 19, 2001. The safety zone prevents vessels from transiting a portion of the East River. It is needed to protect boaters from the hazards associated with fireworks launched from a barge in the area. Marine traffic will still be able to transit to the west of Belmont Island through the western 340 yards of the East River. Additionally, vessels will not be precluded from mooring at or getting underway from recreational or commercial piers in the vicinity of the zone. No vessel may enter the safety zone without permission from the Captain of the Port, New York.

This safety zone covers the minimum area needed and imposes the minimum restrictions necessary to ensure the protection of all vessels. Public notifications will be made prior to the event via the Local Notice to Mariners and Marine Information Broadcasts. Start Printed Page 19093

Discussion of Comments and Changes

The Coast Guard received no letters commenting on the proposed rulemaking. No changes were made to this rulemaking.

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).

We expect the economic impact of this rule to be so minimal that a full Regulatory Evaluation under paragraph 10e of the regulatory policies and procedures of DOT is unnecessary.

This safety zone will temporarily close a portion of the East River to vessel traffic; however, the impact of this regulation is expected to be minimal for the following reasons: the limited duration of the event; that vessels are not precluded from getting underway, or mooring at, public or private facilities in the vicinity of the event; the advance advisories that will be made to the maritime community; and marine traffic may still transit to the west of the zone during the event.

The size of this safety zone was determined using National Fire Protection Association and New York City Fire Department standards for 6 inch mortars fired from a barge, combined with the Coast Guard's knowledge of tide and current conditions in the area.

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.

This rule will affect the following entities, some of which might be small entities: the owners or operators of vessels intending to transit or anchor in a portion of the East River during the time this zone is activated.

This safety zone will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities for the following reasons: the limited duration of the event; that vessels are not precluded from getting underway, or mooring at, public or private facilities in the vicinity of the event; the advance advisories that will be made to the maritime community; and marine traffic may still transit to the west of the zone during the event.

Assistance for Small Entities

Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Public Law 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.

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 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 risk to safety that may disproportionately affect children.

Indian Tribal Governments

This rule does not have tribal implications under Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments. A rule with tribal implications has a substantial direct effect on one or more Indian tribes, on the relationship between the Federal Government and Indian tribes, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities between the Federal Government and Indian tribes.

Environment

We 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. This rule fits paragraph 34(g) as it establishes a safety zone. A “Categorical Exclusion Determination” is available in the docket where indicated under ADDRESSES.

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List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165

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

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PART 165—REGULATED NAVIGATION AREAS AND LIMITED ACCESS AREAS

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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, 160.5; 49 CFR 1.46.

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2. Add Temporary § 165.T01-015 to read as follows:

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Safety Zone: Queens Millennium Concert Fireworks, East River, NY.

(a) Location. The following area is a safety zone: All waters of the East River within a 180-yard radius of the fireworks barge in approximate position 40°44′43.3″ N 073°57′43.2″ W (NAD 1983), about 240 yards east of Belmont Island.

(b) Effective period. This section is effective from 9 p.m. (e.s.t.) until 10:30 p.m. (e.s.t.) on May 19, 2001.

(c) Regulations. (1) The general regulations contained in 33 CFR 165.23 apply.

(2) No vessels will be allowed to transit the safety zone without the Start Printed Page 19094permission of the Captain of the Port, New York.

(3) All persons and vessels shall comply with the instructions of the Coast Guard Captain of the Port or the designated on-scene patrol personnel. These personnel comprise commissioned, warrant, and petty officers of the Coast Guard. Upon being hailed by a U.S. Coast Guard vessel by siren, radio, flashing light, or other means, the operator of a vessel shall proceed as directed.

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Dated: April 5, 2001.

P.A. Harris,

Captain, U. S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port, New York, Acting.

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[FR Doc. 01-9178 Filed 4-12-01; 8:45 am]

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