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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floodplain management measures prior to the effective suspension date given in this rule, the suspension will be withdrawn by publication in the Federal Register.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, Division Director, Policy and Assessment 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 Start Printed Page 22937communities 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 the 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:

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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
Maine: Winslow, town of, Kennebec County230071May 22, 1974, Emerg., September 30, 1987, Reg. May 7, 2001, SuspMay 7, 2001May 7, 2001.
Region II
New York: Litchfield, town of, Herkimer County360309July 19, 1983, Emerg., September 24, 1984, Reg. May 7, 2001, Susp......do  Do.
Region IV
Georgia: Decatur, city of, DeKalb County135159June 19, 1970, Emerg., June 11, 1971, Reg. May 7, 2001, Susp......do  Do.
Region VI
Arkansas: Mansfield, city of, Sebastian County050202July 29, 1975, Emerg., June 18, 1987, Reg. May 7, 2001, Susp......do  Do.
Sebastian County, unincorporated areas050462January 27, 1983, Emerg., April 1, 1988, Reg. May 7, 2001, Susp......do  Do.
New Mexico: Raton, city of, Colfax County350008December 5, 1974, Emerg., March 1, 1986, Reg. May 7, 2001, Susp......do  Do.
Texas:
Huntsville, city of, Walker County480639January 20, 1975, Emerg., February 4, 1981, Reg. May 7, 2001, Susp......do  Do.
Walker County, unincorporated areas481042August 18, 1978, Emerg., May 1, 1987, Reg. May 7, 2001, Susp
Region IX
California:
Solano County, unincorporated areas060631March 23, 1979, Emerg., August 2, 1982, Reg. May 7, 2001, Susp......do  Do.
Vacaville, city of, Solano County060373February 18, 1975, Emerg., August 2, 1982, Reg. May 7, 2001, SuspMay 21, 2001May 21, 2001.
Region I
Rhode Island: Coventry, town of Kent County440004November 21, 1973, Emerg., September 1, 1978, Reg. May 21, 2001, Susp
Region II
New Jersey: Stafford, township of, Ocean County340393September 15, 1972, Emerg., September 14, 1979, Reg., May 21, 2001, Susp......do  Do.
New York: Holland Patent, village of, Oneida County360530April 25, 1975, Emerg., April 17, 1985, Reg. May 21, 2001, Susp
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Region III
Pennsylvania:
Bern, township of, Berks County421050March 25, 1974, Emerg., November 19, 1980, Reg. May 21, 2001, Susp......do  Do.
Heidelberg, township of, Berks County421069March 7, 1977, Emerg., May 3, 1990, Reg. May 21, 2001, Susp......do  Do.
Leesport, borough of, Berks County420138December 26, 1973, Emerg., May 16, 1977, Reg. May 21, 2001, Susp......do  Do.
Marion, township of, Berks County421079October 28, 1975, Emerg., January 2, 1981, Reg. May 21, 2001, Susp......do  Do.
Muhlenberg, township of, Berks County420144March 9, 1973, Emerg., September 1, 1977, Reg. May 21, 2001, Susp......do  Do.
Ontelaunee, township of, Berks County420966September 5, 1973, Emerg., June 1, 1977, Reg. May 21, 2001, Susp......do  Do.
Spring, township of, Berks County421108June 27, 1974, Emerg., April 18, 1983, Reg. May 21, 2001, Susp......do  Do.
Tulpehocken, township of, Berks County421115April 19, 1978, Emerg., August 4, 1988, Reg. May 21, 2001, Susp......do  Do.
Wyomissing, borough of, Berks County421375August 28, 1974, Emerg., April 18, 1983, Reg. May 21, 2001, Susp
Region V
Illinois: Winnebago, unincorporated areas170720February 16, 1973, Emerg., November 19, 1980, Reg. May 21, 2001, Susp
Region VII
Kansas: Augusta, city of, Butler County200038June 25, 1975, Emerg., August 15, 1980, Reg. May 21, 2001, Susp
Region VIII
Colorado:
Durango, city of, La Plata County080099April 30, 1974, Emerg., January 17, 1979, Reg. May 21, 2001, Susp......do  Do.
La Plata County, unincorporated areas080097December 12, 1974, Emerg., December 15, 1981, Reg. May 21, 2001, Susp......do  Do.
Code for reading third column: Emerg.—Emergency; Reg.—Regular; Susp—Suspension.
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Dated: April 25, 2001.

Margaret E. Lawless,

Acting Executive Associate Director for Mitigation.

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[FR Doc. 01-11363 Filed 5-4-01; 8:45 am]

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