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Safety Zone; Sandy Hook Bay, Highlands, NJ

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AGENCY:

Coast Guard, DOT.

ACTION:

Temporary final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone for the Clamfest fireworks display located on Sandy Hook Bay, NJ. This action is necessary to provide for the safety of life on navigable waters during the event. This action is intended to restrict vessel traffic in the affected waterway.

DATES:

This rule is effective from 8:30 p.m. on Friday, June 14, to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2002.

ADDRESSES:

The Waterways Oversight Branch of Coast Guard Activities New York maintains the public docket for this rulemaking. Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket, are part of docket CGD01-02-059 and are available for inspection or copying at Waterways Oversight Branch, Coast Guard Activities New York, 212 Coast Guard Drive, room 204, Staten Island, New York 10305, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

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

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Regulatory Information

We did not publish a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for this rule. Under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for not publishing an NPRM. Due to the date the Application for Approval of Marine Event was received, there was insufficient time to draft and publish an NPRM. An annual safety zone has been published for this event in 33 CFR 165.161 effective on the Saturday and Sunday before Father's Day. The date for this year's event has been moved to the Friday before Father's Day. Further, it is an annual local event, recreational vessels may still transit around the zone during the event, the zone is only in effect for 1 and a half hours, and vessels can be given permission to transit the zone for all but about 25 minutes during this time. Any delay encountered in this rule's effective date would be unnecessary and contrary to public interest since immediate action is needed to close the waterway and protect the maritime public from the hazards associated with fireworks launched from a barge in the area.

Under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for making this rule effective less than 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. Due to the date the Application for Approval of Marine Event was received, there was insufficient time to draft and publish a temporary final rule (TFR) more than 30 days before the event. An annual safety zone has been published for this event in 33 CFR 165.161 effective on the Saturday and Sunday before Father's Day. The date for this year's event has been moved to the Friday before Father's Day. Further, it is an annual local event, recreational vessels may still transit around the zone during the event, the zone is only in effect for 11/2 hours, and vessels can be given permission to transit the zone for all but about 25 minutes during this time. Any delay encountered in this rule's effective date would be unnecessary and contrary to public interest since immediate action is needed to close the waterway and protect the maritime public from the hazards associated with this fireworks display.

Background and Purpose

The Coast Guard has received an application to hold a fireworks program on the waters of Sandy Hook Bay. This rule establishes a safety zone in all waters of Sandy Hook Bay within a 125-yard radius of the fireworks barge in approximate position 40°24′33.8″ N 073°59′46.2″ W (NAD 1983), about 1,200 yards west of Plum Island. The safety zone is in effect from 8:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Friday, June 14, 2002.

Discussion of Rule

This rule prevents vessels from transiting a portion of Sandy Hook Bay and is needed to protect boaters from the hazards associated with fireworks launched from a barge in the area. Recreational traffic will still be able to transit around the safety zone during this event. Other vessels can be given permission to transit the zone for all but about 25 minutes during this time. Public notifications will be made prior to the event via the Local Notice to Mariners and Marine Information Broadcasts.

The size of this safety zone was determined using National Fire Protection Association and New York City Fire Department standards for 5 inch mortars fired from a barge, combined with the Coast Guard's knowledge of tide and current conditions in the area.

Regulatory Evaluation

This 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 Start Printed Page 35908the Department of Transportation (DOT) (44 FR 11040, February 26, 1979).

We expect the economic impact of this 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. Further, it is an annual local event, recreational vessels may still transit around the zone during the event, the zone is only in effect for 11/2 hours, and vessels can be given permission to transit the zone for all but about 25 minutes during this time. 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 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 will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.

This rule will 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 Sandy Hook Bay during the times this zone is activated.

This safety zone will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities for the following reasons: it is an annual local event, recreational vessels may still transit around the zone during the event, the zone is only in effect for 1 and a half hours, and vessels can be given permission to transit the zone for all but about 25 minutes during this time. We will ensure wide dissemination of maritime advisories to users of Sandy Hook Bay via Local Notice to Mariners and marine information broadcasts.

Assistance for Small Entities

Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-121), we offered to assist small entities in understanding the rule so that they could better evaluate its effects on them and participate in the rulemaking process.

Collection of Information

This 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 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 rule will not result in such an expenditure, we do discuss the effects of this rule elsewhere in this preamble.

Taking of Private Property

This rule will 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 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 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 create an environmental risk to health or risk to safety that might disproportionately affect children.

Indian Tribal Governments

This rule does not have tribal implications under Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments, because it does 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 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 have considered the environmental impact of this 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 rule fits paragraph 34(g) as it establishes a safety zone. A “Categorical Exclusion Determination” is available in the docket for inspection or copying 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

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PART 165—REGULATED NAVIGATION AREAS AND LIMITED ACCESS AREAS

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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 8:30 p.m. June 14, 2002, to 10 p.m. June 15, 2002, add temporary § 165.T01-059 to read as follows:

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Safety Zone; Sandy Hook Bay, Highlands, NJ.

(a) Regulated Area. The following area is a safety zone: All waters of Sandy Hook Bay within a 125-yard radius of the fireworks barge in approximate position 40°24′33.8″ N 073°59′46.2″ W, (NAD 1983) approximately 1,200 yards west of Plum Island.

(b) Enforcement period. This section will be enforced from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 14, and Saturday, June 15, 2002. Start Printed Page 35909

(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: May 14, 2002.

C.E. Bone,

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

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[FR Doc. 02-12800 Filed 5-21-02; 8:45 am]

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