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United States Navy Restricted Area, Port Gardner and East Waterway, Washington

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United States Army Corps of Engineers, DoD.


Final rule.


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is amending its regulations to establish a restricted area in waters adjacent to the Everett Naval Base at Start Printed Page 36525Everett, Washington. This action will effectively establish a 300-foot restricted zone around moored vessels and major piers of Naval Station Everett, and lesser distances from the other piers, basins, and shorelines of the installation. The regulations are necessary to ensure public safety and meet the Navy's security, safety, and operational requirements pertaining to the moorage and movement of major combatants and other vessels at a major naval base.


June 24, 2002.


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

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Mr. Frank Torbett, Headquarters Regulatory Branch, Washington, DC at (202) 761-4618, or Mr. Jack Kennedy, Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, Regulatory Branch, at (206) 764-6907.

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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 adding a new section 334.1215 which establishes a restricted area in waters adjacent to Naval Station Everett at Everett, Washington.

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 Seattle 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 Seattle 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

  • Danger zones
  • Marine safety
  • Navigation (water)
  • Restricted areas
  • Waterways
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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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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. Add § 334.1215 to read as follows:

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Port Gardner, Everett Naval Base, Naval Restricted Area, Everett, Washington.

(a) The area. The waters of Port Gardner and East Waterway surrounding Naval Station Everett beginning at Point 1, a point near the northwest corner of Naval Station Everett at latitude 47°59′40″ North, longitude 122°13′23.5″ West and thence to latitude 47°59′40″ North, longitude 122°13′30″ West (Point 2); thence to latitude 47°59′20″ North, longitude 122°13′33″ West (Point 3); thence to latitude 47°59′13″ North, longitude 122°13′38″ West (Point 4); thence to latitude 47°59′05.5″ North, longitude 122°13′48.5″ West (Point 5); thence to latitude 47°58′51″ North, longitude 122°14′04″ West (Point 6); thence to latitude 47°58′45.5″ North, longitude 122°13′53″ West (Point 7); thence to latitude 47°58′45.5″ North, longitude 122°13′44″ West (Point 8); thence to latitude 47°58′48″ North, longitude 122°13′40″ West (Point 9); thence to latitude 47°58′59″ North, longitude 122°13′30″ West (Point 10); thence to latitude 47°59′14″ North, longitude 122°13′18″ West (Point 11); thence to latitude 47°59′13″ North, longitude 122°13′12″ West (Point 12); thence to latitude 47°59′20″ North, longitude 122°13′08″ West (Point 13); thence to latitude 47°59′20″ North, longitude 122°13′02.5″ West (Point 14), a point upon the Naval Station's shore in the northeast corner of East Waterway.

(b) The regulation. (1) All persons and vessels are prohibited from entering the waters within the restricted area for any reason without prior written permission from the Commanding Officer of the Naval Station Everett.

(2) Mooring, anchoring, fishing and/or recreational boating shall not be allowed within the restricted area without prior written permission from the Commanding Officer, Naval Station Everettt.

(c) Enforcement. The regulation in this section, promulgated by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, shall be enforced by the Commanding Officer, Naval Station Everett and such agencies and persons as he/she shall designate.

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Dated: May 9, 2002.

Karen Durham-Aguilera,

Acting Chief, Operations Division, Directorate of Civil Works.

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[FR Doc. 02-13061 Filed 5-23-02; 8:45 am]