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United States Navy Restricted Area, Elizabeth River, Virginia

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United States Army Corps of Engineers, DoD.


Final rule.


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is amending its regulations, which establish a restricted area on the Elizabeth River in the vicinity of the Craney Island Refueling Station at Portsmouth, Virginia. The regulations are necessary to safeguard Navy vessels and United States Government facilities Start Printed Page 6654from sabotage and other subversive acts, accidents, or incidents of similar nature. These regulations are also necessary to protect the public from potentially hazardous conditions which may exist as a result of Navy use of the area.


March 15, 2002.


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Attn: CECW-OR, 441 G Street, NW., Washington, DC 20314-1000.

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Mr. Frank Torbett, Headquarters Regulatory Branch, Washington, DC at (202) 761-4618, or Mr. Rick Henderson, Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District, Regulatory Branch, at (757) 441-7653.

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Pursuant to its authorities in section 7 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1917 (40 Stat. 266; 33 U.S.C. 1) and Chapter XIX of the Army Appropriations Act of 1919 (40 Stat 892; 33 U.S.C. 3) the Corps is amending the restricted area regulations in 33 CFR part 334 by adding Section 334.440 which establishes a restricted area on the Elizabeth River in the vicinity of the Craney Island Refueling Station at Portsmouth, Virginia.

Procedural Requirements

(a) Review Under Executive Order 12866

This rule is issued with respect to a military function of the Defense Department and the provisions of Executive order 12866 do not apply.

(b) Review Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act

This rule has been reviewed under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (Pub. L. 96-354), which requires the preparation of a regulatory flexibility analysis for any regulation that will have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities (i.e., small businesses and small governments). The Corps expects that the economic impact of the establishment of this restricted area would have practically no impact on the public, no anticipated navigational hazard or interference with existing waterway traffic and accordingly, certifies that this proposal will have no significant economic impact on small entities.

(c) Review Under the National Environmental Policy Act

The Norfolk District has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) for this action. We have concluded, based on the minor nature of the proposed restricted area regulations, that this action will not have a significant impact to the quality of the human environment, and preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is not required. The EA may be reviewed at the Norfolk District office listed at the end of FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT, above.

(d) Unfunded Mandates Act

This rule does not impose an enforceable duty among the private sector and, therefore, is not a Federal private sector mandate and is not subject to the requirements of section 202 or 205 of the Unfunded Mandates Act. We have also found under section 203 of the Act, that small Governments will not be significantly and uniquely affected by this rulemaking.

(e) Submission to Congress and the Government Accounting Office

Pursuant to section 801(a)(1)(A) of the Administrative Procedure Act, as amended by the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, the Army has submitted a report containing this Rule to the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Comptroller General of the General Accounting Office. This Rule is not a major Rule within the meaning of section 804(2) of the Administrative Procedure Act, as amended.

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List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 334

  • Danger zones
  • Marine safety
  • Restricted areas
  • Navigation (water)
  • Waterways
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For the reasons set out in the preamble, the Corps is amending 33 CFR Part 334 as follows:

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1. The authority citation for Part 334 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 40 Stat. 266; (33 U.S.C. 1) and 40 Stat. 892 (33 U.S.C. 3).

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2. Section 334.293 is added to read as follows:

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Elizabeth River, Craney Island Refueling Pier Restricted Area, Portsmouth VA; Naval Restricted Area.

(a) The area. (1) The waters within an area beginning at a point on the shore at latitude 36°53′17.4″ N, longitude 76°20′21″ W; thence easterly to latitude 36°53′16.8″ N, longitude 76°20′14.4″ W: thence southwesterly to latitude 36°53′00″ N, longitude 76°20′18″ W; thence southeasterly to latitude 36°52′55.2″ N, longitude 76°20′16.5″ W: thence southwesterly to latitude 36°52′52.2″ N, longitude 76°20′18″ W; thence southwesterly to latitude 36°52′49.8″ N, longitude 76°20′25.8″ W: thence northwesterly to latitude 36°52′58.2″ N, longitude 76°20′33.6″ W; thence northeasterly to a point on the shore at latitude 36°53′00″ N, longitude 76°20′30″ W; thence northerly along the shoreline to the point of beginning.

(b). The regulation. No vessel or persons may enter the restricted area unless specific authorization is granted by the Commander, Navy Region, Mid-Atlantic and/or other persons or agencies as he/she may designate.

(c). Enforcement. The regulation in this section, promulgated by the Corps of Engineers, shall be enforced by the Commander, Navy Region, Mid-Atlantic, and such agencies or persons as he/she may designate.

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Dated: January 14, 2002.

Charles M. Hess,

Chief, Operations Division, Directorate of Civil Works.

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[FR Doc. 02-3556 Filed 2-12-02; 8:45 am]