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Security Zone; San Diego Bay

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AGENCY:

Coast Guard, DOT.

ACTION:

Temporary final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary security zone around the Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, California, at the request of the U.S. Navy. This security zone will be established inside an already existing restricted area defined by the U.S. Navy maintained buoys. The establishment of this security zone is needed to ensure the physical protection of naval vessels and its activities at Naval Base, Coronado.

DATES:

This temporary regulation is effective May 2, 2001 through October 29, 2001.

ADDRESSES:

U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office, 2716 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101-1064, (619) 683-6495.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Lieutenant Kathleen Garza, USCG, c/o U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port, telephone (619) 683-6495.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Regulatory Information

A notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for a permanent rulemaking of this regulation will be published soon. However, under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), the Coast Guard finds good cause exists for making this temporary regulation effective immediately. Publishing a NPRM and delaying the effective date would be contrary to the interest of national security. Due to the recent terrorist attack on a U.S. Navy vessel, the Navy has a heightened level of concern with regards to all its vessels and their crews. As a result, the Navy has determined a need for increased security measures for their vessels and crewmembers while berthed at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Coronado, CA. To accomplish this goal, a temporary security zone is needed to protect vessels while they are berthed at Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado. Due to the need to protect these vessels and their crews, delaying the effective date would be contrary to national security. At the same time, we will invite public comment on the security zone via the publication of an NPRM. This temporary regulation will be removed once comments on the NPRM are analyzed and a Final Rule is published.

Background and Purpose

The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary security zone around the Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, California, at the request of the U.S. Navy. The security zone will consist of the waters of San Diego Bay around the perimeter of the Naval Amphibious Base, extending approximately 100 yards out. Currently, there is a restricted area around the Naval Amphibious Base, which is located at 33 CFR section 334.860. The Navy believes that this Start Printed Page 21867restricted area, by itself, is insufficient to adequately safeguard its vessels and the military operations involving the base. The Navy has been reviewing all aspects of its anti-terrorism and force protection posture in response to the attack on the USS COLE. The creation of this security zone will safeguard vessels moored at the Naval Amphibious Base and waterside facilities from destruction, loss, or injury from sabotage or other subversive acts, accidents, or other causes of a similar nature. The creation of this security zone will also prevent recreational and commercial craft from interfering with military operations involving naval vessels and it will protect transiting recreational and commercial vessels, and their respective crews, from the navigational hazards posed by such military operations. Entry into, transit through, or anchoring within this security zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port, the Commander, Naval Base San Diego, or the Commanding Officer, Naval Station, San Diego.

Vessels or persons violating this section would be subject to the penalties set forth in 50 U.S.C. 192 and 18 U.S.C. 3571: seizure and forfeiture of the vessel, a monetary penalty of not more than $250,000, and imprisonment for not more than 10 years.

The U.S. Coast Guard may be assisted in the patrol and enforcement of this security zone by the U.S. Navy.

Regulatory Evaluation

This temporary regulation 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 regulation to be so minimal that a full Regulatory Evaluation under paragraph 10(e) of the regulatory policies and procedures of DOT is unnecessary. This regulation will have minimal additional impact on vessel traffic because the security zone is located inside an already existing restricted area defined by U.S. Navy maintained buoys and codified at 33 CFR § 334.860.

Small Entities

Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612), the Coast Guard considered whether this regulation would have significant 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 would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities because vessel traffic would be allowed to pass through the zone with the permission of the Captain of the Port.

Assistance for Small Entities

Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-121), we offer to assist small entities in understanding the rule so that they may 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 regulation contains no collection of information requirements under the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520).

Federalism

The Coast Guard has analyzed this temporary regulation under Executive Order 13132 and has 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 would not impose an unfunded mandate.

Taking of Private Property

This rule would 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 the 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, because it does not have 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

The Coast Guard has considered the environmental impact of this temporary regulation and concluded that, under Figure 2-1, paragraph (34)(g), of Commandant Instruction M16475.1C, it will have no significant environmental impact and it is categorically excluded from further environmental documentation. A Categorical Exclusion Determination and Environmental Analysis Checklist will be available for inspection and copying in the docket to be maintained at the address listed in 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

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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. A new section 165T11-035 is added to read as follows:

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Security Zone: San Diego, CA.

(a) Location. The following area is a security zone: the waters of San Diego Bay, inside the United States Navy maintained buoys around Naval Amphibious Base Coronado to the pierline 100 yards out, enclosed by lines connecting the following points: Beginning at 32°40′30.0″ N, 117°10′03.0″ W (Point A); thence running northeasterly to 32°40′54.0″ N, 117°09′35.5″ W (Point B); thence running northeasterly to 32°40′55.0″ N, 117°09′27.0″ W (Point C); thence running southeasterly to 32°40′43.0″ N, 117°09′09.0″ W (Point D); thence running southerly to 32°40′39.0″ N, 117°09′08.0″ W (Point E); thence running southwesterly to 32°40′30.0″ N, 117°09′12.9″ W (Point F); thence running a short distance to 32°40′29.0″ N, 117°09′14.0″ W (Point G); thence running southwesterly to 32°40′26.0″ N, 117°09′17.0″ W (Point H); thence running northwesterly to the shoreline to 32°40′31.0″ N, 117°09′22.5″ W (Point I).

(b) Effective Date. This temporary regulation is effective May 2, 2001 through October 29, 2001.

(c) Regulation. In accordance with the general regulations in section 165.33 of this part, entry into the area of this zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port or the Commanding Officer, Naval Base, San Diego.

(d) The U.S. Navy may assist the U.S. Coast Guard in the patrol and enforcement of this security zone.

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Dated: April 6, 2001.

S.P. Metruck,

Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port, San Diego.

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[FR Doc. 01-10714 Filed 5-1-01; 8:45 am]

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