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Safety Zone; Niagara River, Tonawanda, NY

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Coast Guard, DOT.


Temporary final rule.


The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone. The safety zone encompasses the navigable waters on the Niagara River in Tonawanda, New York. The action is necessary to protect participants and non-participants within the immediate area from the hazards associated with fireworks displays.


This rule is effective from 9:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. on July 22, 2001.


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 [CGD09-01-010] and are available for inspection of copying at U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Buffalo, 1 Fuhrmann Blvd, Buffalo, NY 14203, between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

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Lieutenant David Flaherty, U. S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Buffalo, 1 Fuhrmann Blvd, Buffalo, NY. The telephone number is (716) 843-9574.

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Regulatory 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, and, under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), good cause exists for making this rule effective less than 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. The Coast Guard had insufficient advance notice to publish an NPRM followed by a temporary final rule that would be effective before the necessary date. Publication of a notice of proposed rulemaking and delay of effective date would be contrary to the public interest because immediate action is necessary to prevent possible loss of life, injury, or damage to property. The Coast Guard has not received any complaints or negative comments with regard to this event.Start Printed Page 37586

Background and Purpose

A temporary safety zone is required to ensure safety of vessels and participants. Entry into, transit through or anchoring within this safety zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port, Buffalo or the designated Patrol Commander. The designated Patrol Commander on scene may be contacted on Marine VHF Channel 16.

Regulatory Evaluation

This temporary 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. It has not been reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget 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 10e of the regulatory policies and procedures of DOT is unnecessary.

Small Entities

Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) the Coast Guard considered whether this rule will have a significant impact on a substantial number of small businesses and not-for-profit organizations that are not dominant in their respective fields, and government jurisdictions with populations less than 50,000. For the same reasons set forth in the above regulatory evaluations, the Coast Guard certifies under section 605 (b) of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C.601 et seq.) that this temporary final rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.

Assistance for Small Entities

In accordance with section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-121), the Coast Guard wants to assist small entities in understanding this rule so that they can better evaluate its effectiveness and participate in the rulemaking process. If your small business or organization is affected by this rule, and you have questions concerning its provisions or options for compliance, please contact the office listed in ADDRESSES in this preamble.

Collection of Information

This rule contains no information collection requirements under the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.).


The Coast Guard has analyzed this rule under the principles and criteria contained in Executive Order 13132 and has determined that this rule does not have sufficient federalism implications to warrant the preparation of a Federalism Assessment. This event is being conducted in concurrence with local authorities.

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 having first provided the funds to pay those costs. This temporary final rule would not impose an unfunded mandate.

Taking of Private Property

This temporary final 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 temporary final 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 temporary final 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.

Energy Effects

We have analyzed this proposed rule under Executive Order 13211, Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use. We have determined that it is not a “significant energy action” under that order because it is not a “significant regulatory action” under Executive Order 12866 and is not likely to have a significant adverse effect on the supply, distribution, or use of energy. It has not been designated by the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs as a significant energy action. Therefore, it does not require a Statement of Energy Effects under Executive Order 13211.


The Coast Guard considered the environmental impact of this regulation and concluded that, under figure 2-1, paragraph (34)(g) of Commandant Instruction M16475.1C, it is categorically excluded from further environmental documentation. A “Categorical Exclusion Determination” is available in the docket for inspection or copying where indicated under ADDRESSES.

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List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165

  • Harbors
  • Marine safety
  • Navigation (water)
  • Reporting and recordkeeping requirements
  • Security measures
  • Waterways
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For the reasons set out in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 33 CFR part 165 as follows:

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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. A new temporary § 165.T09-940 is added to read as follows:

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Safety Zone: Niagara River, Tonawanda, NY.

(a) Location. The following area is a temporary safety zone: The waters of the Niagara River within 300 yards of a fireworks barge moored/anchored with its center in approximate position 43 01′ 52″ N, 078 53′ 16″ W. All coordinates in this section reference 1983 North American Datum (NAD83).

(b) Effective time and date. This regulation is effective from 9:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. (local) July 22, 2001.

(c) Regulations. In accordance with the general regulations in § 165.23 of this part, entry into this zone is Start Printed Page 37587prohibited unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port Buffalo, or the designated Patrol Commander.

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Dated: June 21, 2001.

S.D. Hardy,

Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port Buffalo, NY.

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[FR Doc. 01-18106 Filed 7-18-01; 8:45 am]