Coast Guard, DOT.
Notice of proposed rulemaking.
The Coast Guard is proposing to amend its temporary special local regulations for the Weymouth Fourth of July Celebration in Weymouth, MA. The proposed rule would change the effective date of the special local regulations to occur annually on July 3, as opposed to annually on the Friday or Saturday prior to July 4. The special local regulations would continue to prohibit entry into or movement within a portion of the Weymouth Fore River during the fireworks display.
Comments and related material must reach the Coast Guard on or before May 13, 2002.
You may mail comments and related material to Marine Safety Office Boston, 455 Commercial Street, Boston, MA. Marine Safety Office Boston 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 the docket and will be available for inspection or copying at Marine Safety Office Boston between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Chief Petty Officer Michael Popovich, Marine Safety Office Boston, Waterways Safety and Response Division, at (617) 223-3000.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Request for Information
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 (CGD01-02-025), 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 your comments 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.
We do not now plan to hold a public meeting. However, you may submit a request for a meeting by writing to Marine Safety Office Boston at the address under ADDRESSES explaining why one would be beneficial. If we determine that a public meeting would aid this rulemaking, we will hold one at a time and place announced by a separate notice in the Federal Register.
Background and Purpose
This regulation proposes to change the effective date of the special local regulations for the Weymouth Fourth of July Fireworks from annually on the Friday or Saturday prior to July 4 to annually on July 3. This change is necessary because the sponsors of the event, the Town of Hingham, Massachusetts, have requested the change in event dates. The Coast Guard must change the effective date of the special local regulations to run concurrent with the actual event in order to protect the maritime public from the dangers posed by a fireworks display. We are not proposing any change in the size or location of the special local regulations. Marine traffic may continue to transit safely outside of the special local regulations during the effective periods. The Captain of the Port does not anticipate any negative impact on vessel traffic due to this event. Public notifications will be made prior to the effective period via safety marine information broadcasts and local notice to mariners.
This proposed 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).
The Coast Guard expects 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.
Although this proposed regulation will prevent traffic from transiting a portion of the Weymouth Fore River Start Printed Page 17666during the effective period, the effects of this regulation will not be significant for the following reasons: the minimal time that vessels will be restricted from the area, the fact that vessels may safely transit outside of the special local regulations, and the advance notifications which will be made to the local maritime community by safety marine information broadcasts and local notice to mariners.
Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612), the Coast Guard 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 rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. This rule will affect the following entities, some of which may be small entities: The owners or operators of vessels intending to transit or anchor in a portion of the Weymouth Fore River between 8:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. on July 3, 2002. This special local regulations will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities for the following reasons: Vessel traffic can safely pass outside of the area affected by the special local regulations during the effective periods, the periods are limited in duration, and advance notifications will be made to the local maritime community by safety marine information broadcasts and local notice to mariners.
If you think that your business, organization, or governmental jurisdiction qualifies as a small entity and that this proposed 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 (Pub. L. 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 Chief Petty Officer Michael Popovich at the address listed under ADDRESSES.
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).
The Coast Guard analyzed this proposed rule under Executive Order 13132 and has 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 costs. This proposed rule would not impose an unfunded mandate.
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
The Coast Guard 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 does not pose an environmental risk to health or risk to safety that may disproportionately affect children.
The Coast Guard considered the environmental impact of this proposed rule and concluded that, under figure 2-1, (34)(h), of Commandant Instruction M16475.lD, this proposed rule is categorically excluded from further environmental documentation. A “Categorical Exclusion Determination” is available in the docket where indicated under ADDRESSES.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 100
- Marine safety
- Navigation (water)
- Reporting and record keeping requirements
For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard proposes to amend 33 CFR part 100 as follows:Start Part
PART 100—REGATTAS AND MARINE PARADES [AMENDED]
1. The authority citation for part 100 continues to read as follows:
2. In § 100.114, in the FIREWORKS DISPLAY TABLE, in the unit under “July”, revise the entry for Massachusetts: 7.11 to read as follows:
(a) * * *
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|027.11||July 4th||Name: Weymouth 4th of July Fireworks.|
|Sponsor: Town of Weymouth Harbormaster.|
|Time: 8:30 p.m. to 10:45 p.m.|
|Location: Weymouth Fore River, Weymouth, MA.|
|42°15′30″N/70°56′6″W (NAD 1983).|
Dated: March 25, 2002.
Commander, Coast Guard, Captain of the Port, Acting, Boston, Massachusetts.
[FR Doc. 02-8789 Filed 4-10-02; 8:45 am]
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