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Safety Zone; Mystic Places Offshore Grand Prix, New London, CT

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AGENCY:

Coast Guard, DOT.

ACTION:

Notice of proposed rulemaking.

SUMMARY:

The Coast Guard proposes to establish a temporary safety zone for the Mystic Places Offshore Grand Prix, off Ocean Beach, New London, CT. This action is necessary to provide for the safety of life on navigable waters during this May 3-to-5, 2002 event. This action is intended to restrict vessel traffic in a portion of Long Island Sound in the vicinity of Ocean Beach, New London, CT.

DATES:

Comments and related material must reach the Coast Guard on or before April 19, 2002.

ADDRESSES:

You may mail comments and related material to Marine Events, Coast Guard Group/Marine Safety Office Long Island Sound, Command Center, 120 Woodward Ave., New Haven, CT 06512. Coast Guard Group/Marine Safety Office Long Island Sound maintains the public docket for this rulemaking. Comments and material received from the public, as well as documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket, will become part of this docket and will be available for inspection or copying at Group/MSO Long Island Sound, New Haven, CT, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Boatswain's Mate Second Class (BM2) Ryan Peebles, Group Operations Petty Officer, Coast Guard Group/MSO Long Island Sound (203) 468-4408.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Request for Comments

We encourage you to participate in this rulemaking by submitting comments and related material. If you do so, please include your name and address, identify the docket number for this rulemaking (CGD01-02-006), indicate the specific section of this document to which each comment applies, and give the reason for each comment. Please submit all comments and related material in an unbound format, no larger than 81/2 by 11 inches, suitable for copying. If you would like to know they reached us, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope. We will consider all comments and material received during the comment period. We may change this proposed rule in view of them.

Public Meeting

We do not now plan to hold a public meeting, but you may submit a request for a meeting by writing to Coast Guard Group/MSO Long Island Sound at the address under ADDRESSES explaining why one would be beneficial. If we determine that one would aid this rulemaking, we will hold one at a time and place announced by a later notice in the Federal Register.

Background and Purpose

The Coast Guard proposes to establish a temporary safety zone for the Mystic Places Offshore Grand Prix off Ocean Beach in Long Island Sound. The proposed safety zone prevents vessels from transiting a portion of Long Island Start Printed Page 12944Sound. It is needed to protect boaters from the hazards associated with power boat races being conducted within the boundaries of the safety zone.

The comment period was abbreviated in order to allow for the promulgation of a temporary rule in advance of the scheduled power boat races. The proposed rule is unlikely to engender public controversy. The safety zone encompasses a modest area and is of limited duration. Our previous rulemaking experience in cases of a similar nature suggests that we are unlikely to receive any adverse comments.

Discussion of Proposed Rule

The proposed safety zone encompasses all waters of Long Island Sound within the boundaries of a line beginning at 41°18′00″ N, 072°05′58″ W; then to 41°18′20″ N, 072°05′40″ W; then to 41°18′20″ N, 072°04′58″ W; then to 41°18′00″ N, 072°04′58″ W (NAD 1983); and then returning to the point of origin. The proposed safety zone will be enforced from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. each day from May 3, 2002 through May 5, 2002. Only race officials and participants will be allowed inside the boundaries of the proposed zone during these periods. All other marine traffic will be allowed to transit around the safety zone at all times. Vessels will not be precluded from mooring at or getting underway from recreational or commercial piers in the vicinity of the zone. No vessel may enter the safety zone without permission from the Captain of the Port, Long Island Sound.

Regulatory Evaluation

This proposed rule is not a “significant regulatory action” under section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866, Regulatory planning and review, 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).

We expect the economic impact of this proposed rule to be so minimal that a full Regulatory Evaluation under paragraph 10e of the regulatory policies and procedures of DOT is unnecessary. This proposed safety zone would temporarily close a portion of Long Island Sound to vessel traffic. However, the impact of this regulation is expected to be minimal for the following reasons: the event is of limited duration; vessels are not precluded from getting underway, or mooring at, public or private facilities in the vicinity of the event; advance advisories will be made to the maritime community; and marine traffic may still transit around the zone during the event.

Small Entities

Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612), we considered whether this proposed rule would have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The term “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 of less than 50,000.

The Coast Guard certifies under 5 U.S.C. 605(b) that this proposed rule would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. This proposed rule would affect the following entities, some of which might be small entities: the owners or operators of vessels intending to transit or anchor in a portion of Long Island Sound during the time this zone is activated. This safety zone would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities for the following reasons: the event is of limited duration; vessels are not precluded from getting underway, or mooring at, public or private facilities in the vicinity of the event; advance advisories will be made to the maritime community; and marine traffic may still transit around the zone during the event.

If you think that your business, organization, or governmental jurisdiction qualifies as a small entity and that this rule would have a significant economic impact on it, please submit a comment (see ADDRESSES) explaining why you think it qualifies and how and to what degree this rule would economically affect it.

Assistance for Small Entities

Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-121), we want to assist small entities in understanding this proposed rule so that they can better evaluate its effects on them and participate in the rulemaking. If the rule would affect your small business, organization, or governmental jurisdiction and you have questions concerning its provisions or options for compliance, please contact BM2 Ryan Peebles, Operations Petty Officer, Coast Guard Group/MSO Long Island Sound (203) 468-4408.

Collection of Information

This proposed rule would call for no new collection of information under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520).

Federalism

A rule has implications for federalism under Executive Order 13132, Federalism, if it has a substantial direct effect on State or local governments and would either preempt State law or impose a substantial direct cost of compliance on them. We have analyzed this proposed rule under that Order and have determined that it does not have implications for federalism.

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act

The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1531-1538) requires Federal agencies to assess the effects of their discretionary regulatory actions. In particular, the Act addresses actions that may result in the expenditure by a State, local, or tribal government, in the aggregate, or by the private sector of $100,000,000 or more in any one year. Though this proposed rule would not result in such an expenditure, we do discuss the effects of this rule elsewhere in this preamble.

Taking of Private Property

This proposed 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 proposed 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 proposed rule under Executive Order 13045, Protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks. This rule is not an economically significant rule and would not concern an environmental risk to health or risk to safety that may disproportionately affect children.

Indian Tribal Governments

This proposed rule does not have tribal implications under Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments, because it would not have a substantial direct effect on one or more Indian tribes, on the relationship Start Printed Page 12945between the Federal Government and Indian tribes, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities between the Federal Government and Indian tribes.

To help the Coast Guard establish regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration with Indian and Alaskan Native tribes, we published a notice in the Federal Register (66 FR 36361, July 11, 2001) requesting comments on how to best carry out the Order. We invite your comments on how this proposed rule might impact tribal governments, even if that impact may not constitute a “tribal implication” under the Order.

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.

Environment

We considered the environmental impact of this proposed rule and concluded that, under figure 2-1, paragraph 34(g), of Commandant Instruction M16475.1C, this proposed rule is categorically excluded from further environmental documentation. This proposed rule fits paragraph 34(g) as it establishes a safety zone. A “Categorical Exclusion Determination” is available in the docket where indicated under ADDRESSES.

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List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165

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For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard proposes to amend 33 CFR part 165 as follows:

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PART 165—REGULATED NAVIGATION AREAS AND LIMITED ACCESS AREAS

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. From 1 p.m. on May 3, 2002 through 3 p.m. on May 5, 2002, add temporary § 165.T01-006 to read as follows:

Safety Zone: Mystic Places Offshore Grand Prix, New London, CT.

(a) Location. The following area is a safety zone: All waters off Ocean Beach in Long Island Sound, within the boundaries of a line beginning at 41°18′00″N, 072°05′58″W; then to 41°18′20″N, 072°05′40″W; then to 41°18′20″N, 072°04′58″W; then to 41°18′00″N, 072°04′58″W (NAD 1983); and then returning to the point of origin.

(b) Enforcement period. This section will be enforced from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. each day from May 3, 2002 through May 5, 2002.

(c) Regulations. (1) Vessels not participating in the event, swimmers and personal watercraft of any nature are prohibited from entering or moving within the safety zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port. (2) All persons and vessels shall comply with the instructions of the Coast Guard Captain of the Port or the designated on-scene patrol personnel. These personnel comprise commissioned, warrant, and petty officers of the Coast Guard. Upon being hailed by a U. S. Coast Guard vessel by siren, radio, flashing light, or other means, the operator of a vessel shall proceed as directed.

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Dated: February 27, 2002.

J.J. Coccia,

Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port, Long Island Sound.

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[FR Doc. 02-6765 Filed 3-19-02; 8:45 am]

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