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United States Navy Restricted Area, Hampton Roads and Willoughby Bay, Virginia

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AGENCY:

United States Army Corps of Engineers, DoD.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is amending its regulations which establish a restricted area in waters adjacent to the Norfolk Naval Base at Norfolk, Virginia. This amendment will close off an open area on the south side of the base and changes the enforcement responsibility from the base commander to the Commander, Navy Region, Mid-Atlantic. The regulations are necessary to safeguard Navy vessels and United States Government facilities from 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.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

April 10, 2002.

ADDRESSES:

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

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

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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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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 amending section 334.300 which establishes a restricted area in waters adjacent to the Norfolk Naval Base at Norfolk, 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 (Public Law 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 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 additional 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 General 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

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For the reasons set out in the preamble, the Corps amends 33 CFR part 334 as follows:

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PART 334—DANGER ZONE AND RESTRICTED AREA REGULATIONS

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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. Revise §334.300 to read as follows:

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Hampton Roads and Willoughby Bay, Norfolk Naval Base, Naval Restricted Area, Norfolk, Virginia

(a) The area. (1) The waters within an area beginning at latitude 36°55′55″ N, longitude 76°20′02″ W; thence northwesterly to latitude 36°56′00″ N, longitude 76°20′08″ W; thence northerly along the eastern limit of Norfolk Harbor Channel to latitude 36°57′52″ N, longitude 76°20′00″ W; thence easterly to latitude 36°57′52″ N, longitude 76°19′35″ W; thence to latitude 36°57′47.7″ N, 76°18′57″ W; thence southeasterly to latitude 36°57′26″ N, longitude 76°18′42″ W; thence easterly to latitude 36°57′26.2″ N, longitude 76°17′55.2″ W; thence southerly to latitude 36°57′05″ N, longitude 76°17′52″ W; thence southeasterly to latitude 36°56′56.2″ N, longitude 76°17′27″ W; thence northeasterly to latitude 36°57′10″ N, latitude 76°16′29″ W; thence to the shoreline at latitude 36°57′18.8″ N, longitude 76°16′22″ W at the Naval Air Station.

(2) Beginning at a point on the Naval Station shore at latitude 36°56′37.5″ N, longitude 76°19′44″ W; thence westerly and northerly along the breakwater to its extremity at latitude 36°56′41.5″ N, longitude 76°19′54″ W; thence westerly to a point on the eastern limit of Norfolk Harbor Channel at latitude 36°56′41.5″ N, longitude 76°20′05.5″ W; thence northerly along the eastern limit of Norfolk Harbor Channel to latitude 36°57′52″ N, longitude 76°20′00″ W; thence easterly to latitude 36°57′52″ N, longitude 76°19′35″ W; thence to latitude 36°57′47.7″ N., longitude 73°18′57″ W; thence southeasterly to latitude 36°57′26″ N, longitude 76°18′42″ W; thence easterly to latitude 36°57′26.2″ N, longitude 76°17′55.2″ W; thence southerly to latitude 36°57′05″ N, longitude 76°17′52″ W; thence southeasterly to latitude 36°56′56.2″ N, longitude 76°17′27″ W; thence northeasterly to latitude 36°57′10″ N, longitude 76°16′29″ W; and thence to the shoreline at latitude 36°57′18.8″ N, longitude 76°16′22″ W, at the Naval Air Station.

(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 United States Army Corps of Engineers, shall be enforced by the Commander, Navy Region, Mid-Atlantic, and/or such agencies or persons as he/she may designate.

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Dated: February 7, 2002.

Charles M. Hess,

Chief, Operations Division, Directorate of Civil Works.

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[FR Doc. 02-5654 Filed 3-8-02; 8:45 am]

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