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United States Navy Restricted Area, Narragansett Bay, East Passage, Coddington Cove, Naval Station Newport, Newport, RI

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United States Army Corps of Engineers, DoD.


Notice of proposed rulemaking and request for comments.


The Corps of Engineers is proposing regulations to establish a restricted area on the east side of Narragansett Bay East Passage at Coddington Cove in the vicinity of Naval Station Newport. These regulations will enable the Navy to enhance safety and security around active military vessels berthed at the facility. The regulations will safeguard military vessels and United States government contractor facilities from sabotage and other subversive acts, accidents, or incidents of similar nature. These regulations are also necessary to protect the public from potentially hazardous conditions that may exist as a result of Navy use of the area and its security measures.


Written comments must be submitted on or before September 3, 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. Richard Roach, Corps of Engineers, New England District, at (978) 318-8211 or 1-800-343-4789.

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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 proposes to amend the restricted area regulations in 33 CFR part 334 by adding Section 334.81 which establishes a restricted area in Coddington Cove, off of the Naval Station Newport piers on the eastern side of the East Passage of Narragansett Bay in Newport, Rhode Island. To better protect active naval vessels and personnel stationed at the facility and the general public, the Navy, has requested the Corps of Engineers establish a Restricted Area. This will enable the Navy to keep persons and vessels out of the area at all times, except with the permission of the Commanding Officer, Naval Station Newport.

Procedural Requirements

a. Review Under Executive Order 12866

This proposed 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

These proposed rules have been reviewed under the Regulatory Start Printed Page 50391Flexibility 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 the establishment 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 if adopted, will have no significant economic impact on small entities.

c. Review Under the National Environmental Policy Act

An environmental assessment has been prepared for this action. We have concluded, based on the minor nature of the proposed additional restricted area regulations, that this action, if adopted, will not have a significant impact to the quality of the human environment, and preparation of an environmental impact statement is not required. The environmental assessment may be reviewed at the District office listed at the end of FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT, above.

d. Unfunded Mandates Act

This proposed 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.

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List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 334

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For the reasons set out in the preamble, the Corps proposes to amend 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. Section 334. 81 would be added to read as follows:

Naragansett Bay, East Passage, Coddington Cove, Naval Station Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, Restricted Area.

(a) The area. All of the navigable waters of Coddington Cove east of a line that connects Coddington Point at latitude 41° 31′ 24.0″ N, longitude 071° 19′ 24.0″ W; with the outer end of the Coddington Cove Breakwater on the north side of the cove at latitude 41° 31′ 55.7″ N, longitude 071° 19′ 28.2″ W.

(b) The regulation. All persons, swimmers, vessels and other craft, except those vessels under the supervision or contract to local military or Naval authority, vessels of the United States Coast Guard, and local or state law enforcement vessels, are prohibited from entering the restricted areas without permission from the Commanding Officer Naval Station Newport, USN, Newport, Rhode Island or his authorized representative.

(c) Enforcement. (1) The regulation in this section, promulgated by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, shall be enforced by the United States Navy, Commanding Officer Naval Station Newport, Newport, Rhode Island and/or other persons or agencies as he/she may designate.

(2) Federal and State Law enforcement vessels and personnel may enter the restricted area at any time to enforce their respective laws.

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Dated: June 26, 2002.

Karen Durham-Aguilera,

Chief, Operations Division, Directorate of Civil Works.

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[FR Doc. 02-19588 Filed 8-1-02; 8:45 am]