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Proposed Rule

Safety Zone; Lake Champlain Challenge, Cumberland Bay, NY

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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 Lake Champlain Challenge Hydroplane race located on Cumberland Bay, NY. This action is necessary to provide for the safety of life on navigable waters during this event scheduled for June 29 and 30, 2002. This action is intended to restrict vessel traffic in the affected waterway.

DATES:

Comments and related material must reach the Coast Guard on or before May 2, 2002.

ADDRESSES:

You may mail comments and related material to Waterways Oversight Branch (CGD01-02-033), Coast Guard Activities New York, 212 Coast Guard Drive, room 204, Staten Island, New York 10305. The Waterways Oversight Branch of Coast Guard Activities New York 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 room 204, Coast Guard Activities New York, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Lieutenant M. Day, Waterways Oversight Branch, Coast Guard Activities New York (718) 354-4012.

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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 (CGD01-02-033), 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 the Waterways Oversight Branch 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 New England Inboard Racing Association sponsors this high-speed powerboat race with less than 100 powerboats, propelled by 1.5 to 6 liter engines, at the north end of Cumberland Bay, Plattsburgh, NY. The safety zone includes all waters of Cumberland Bay north of a line drawn from the east end of the old Canal Terminal Pier in approximate position 44°42′26.0″ N 073°26′28.5″ W, to approximate position 44°43′00.8″ N 073°24′37.3″ W (NAD 1983) on Cumberland Head.

Marine traffic would still be able to transit through the Saranac River and southern Cumberland Bay while the safety zone is in effect. Additionally, vessels would not be precluded from mooring at or getting underway from recreational piers in the vicinity of the proposed safety zone. Commercial piers Start Printed Page 15508located within the safety zone are no longer used.

The proposed regulation would be effective from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, and Sunday, June 30, 2002. It would prohibit all vessels and swimmers from transiting this portion of Cumberland Bay and is needed to protect the waterway users from the hazards associated with high-speed powerboats racing in confined waters.

Discussion of Proposed Rule

The proposed safety zone is for the Lake Champlain Challenge held at the northern end of Cumberland Bay, north of the old Canal Terminal Pier. The event would be held on Saturday, June 29, and Sunday, June 30, 2002. This rule is being proposed to provide for the safety of life on navigable waters during the event.

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 finding is based on the minimal time that vessels will be restricted from the zone, and the relatively small number of vessels that normally would be expected to operate in the vicinity of the zone. Vessels may transit through the Saranac River and southern Cumberland Bay throughout the safety zone's duration. Vessels would not be precluded from getting underway, or mooring at, any piers or marinas currently located in the vicinity of the proposed safety zone. Advance notifications will be made to the local maritime community by the Local Notice to Mariners and marine information broadcasts.

Small Entities

Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612), we have 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 Cumberland Bay during the times 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: Vessel traffic can still transit through the Saranac River and southern Cumberland Bay during the event; vessels would not be precluded from getting underway, or mooring at, any piers or marinas currently located in the vicinity of the proposed safety zone before the effective period, we will ensure wide dissemination of maritime advisories to users of Lake Champlain via Local Notice to Mariners and marine information broadcasts.

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 Lieutenant M. Day, Waterways Oversight Branch, Coast Guard Activities New York (718) 354-4012.

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 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 affect 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 create an environmental risk to health or risk to safety that might 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 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 Start Printed Page 15509it 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 have considered the environmental impact of this proposed rule and concluded that, under figure 2-1, paragraph 34(g), of Commandant Instruction M16475.1D, this 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 11:30 a.m. June 29, 2002, to 6:30 p.m. June 30, 2002, add temporary § 165.T01-033 to read as follows:

Safety Zone: Lake Champlain Challenge, Cumberland Bay, NY.

(a) Regulated area. The following area is a safety zone: All waters of Cumberland Bay north of a line drawn from the east end of the old Canal Terminal Pier in approximate position 44°42′26.0″ N 073°26′28.5″ W, to approximate position 44°43′00.8″ N 073°24′37.3″ W (NAD 1983) on Cumberland Head.

(b) Enforcement period. This section will be enforced from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, and Sunday, June 30, 2002.

(c) Regulations. (1) The general regulations contained in 33 CFR 165.23 apply.

(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: March 22, 2002.

C.E. Bone,

Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port, New York.

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[FR Doc. 02-7915 Filed 4-1-02; 8:45 am]

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