Coast Guard, DOT.
Temporary final rule.
The Coast Guard is temporarily changing the drawbridge operating regulations governing the operation of the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) highway bridge, at mile 4.6, between Hodgdon and Barter's Island at Boothbay, Maine. This temporary change to the drawbridge operation regulations allows the bridge to remain in the closed position from December 15, 2001 through April 15, 2002. This action is necessary to facilitate structural repairs at the bridge.
This rule is effective December 15, 2001 through April 15, 2002.
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 (CGD01-01-144) and are available for inspection or copying at the First Coast Guard District, Bridge Branch Office, 408 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts, 02110, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Mr. John W. McDonald, Project Officer, First Coast Guard District, (617) 223-8364.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
On September 11, 2001, we published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) entitled Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Back River, Maine, in the Federal Register (66 FR 47121). We received no comment letters in response to the notice of proposed rulemaking. No public hearing was requested and none was held. Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553, good cause exists for making this regulation effective in less than 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. The local fishermen haul their equipment in November and do not transit this bridge during the winter months. The bridge has not had any requests to open during the last three years December through April. Any delay encountered in this regulation's effective date would be unnecessary and contrary to the public interest since immediate action is needed to perform this necessary bridge maintenance during the winter months when the bridge normally does not receive requests to open.
Background and Purpose
The MDOT, highway bridge, at mile 4.6, across the Back River has a vertical clearance of 6 feet at mean high water and 15 feet at mean low water. The existing regulations are listed at 33 CFR 117.523.
The bridge owner, MDOT, asked the Coast Guard to temporarily change the drawbridge operation regulations to facilitate structural repairs at the bridge. This temporary rule will allow the bridge owner to keep the bridge in the closed position from December 15, 2001 through April 15, 2002. The bridge operates on a twenty-four hours advance notice from November 1 through May 31, normally. The local fishermen haul out their equipment during the month of November, after which, the bridge historically receives few requests to open. The number of bridge openings from December through April in past years have been relatively low. The bridge opening log data for December through April for the past three years is as follows:
The Coast Guard believes this rulemaking is reasonable based upon the relatively low number of bridge opening requests during past years December through April and the fact that this work is necessary maintenance required to assure continued uninterrupted operation of the bridge. Start Printed Page 62939
Discussion of Comments and Changes
The Coast Guard received no comment letters. No changes will be made to this final rule.
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). This conclusion is based on the fact that there have been few requests to open the bridge historically, during the time period that the bridge will be closed.
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. “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 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 conclusion is based on the fact that there have been few requests to open the bridge during the time period the bridge will be closed.
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).
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 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 E.O. 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 E.O. 12988, Civil Justice Reform, to minimize litigation, eliminate ambiguity, and reduce burden.
Protection of Children
We have analyzed this rule under E.O. 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.
The Coast Guard considered the environmental impact of this rule and concluded that under figure 2-1, paragraph (32)(e) of Commandant Instruction M16475.1C, this rule is categorically excluded from further environmental documentation because promulgation of changes to drawbridge regulations have been found to not have a significant effect on the environment. A written “Categorical Exclusion Determination” is not required for this final rule.
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 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.
We have analyzed this 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.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 117
RegulationsStart Amendment Part
For the reasons set out in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 33 CFR part 117 as follows:End Amendment Part Start Part
PART 117—DRAWBRIDGE OPERATION REGULATIONSEnd Part Start Amendment Part
1. The authority citation for part 117 continues to read as follows:End Amendment Part
2. From December 15, 2001 through April 15, 2002, § 117.523 is suspended.End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
3. From December 15, 2001 through April 15, 2002, § 117.T524 is temporarily added to read as follows:End Amendment Part
The Maine Department of Transportation highway bridge, mile 4.6, between Hodgdon and Barter's Island at Boothbay, need not open for the passage of vessel traffic.
Dated: November 26, 2001.
Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, First Coast Guard District.
[FR Doc. 01-30019 Filed 12-3-01; 8:45 am]
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