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Revocation of Restricted Area R-5207, Romulus, NY

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.


Final rule.


This action removes Restricted Area R-5207 (R-5207), Romulus, NY. The FAA is taking this action in response to the Department of the Army's notification that the military no longer has an operational need for the restricted area.


0901 UTC, January 23, 2003.

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Paul Gallant, Airspace and Rules Division, ATA-400, Office of Air Traffic Airspace Management, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267-8783. Start Printed Page 67788

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The Department of the Army's position on special use airspace is that it will efficiently utilize only that airspace necessary to accomplish its mission. In keeping with that policy, since the Army has closed the Seneca Army Depot there is no longer a requirement for R-5207 and the Army has requested that the FAA take action to remove the restricted area.

The Rule

This action amends 14 CFR part 73 by removing R-5207, Romulus, NY. The FAA is taking this action at the request of the Department of the Army. This action returns this airspace for public use.

Since this action only involves removal of restricted airspace, the solicitation of comments would only delay the return of airspace to public use without offering any meaningful right or benefit to any segment of the public. Therefore, I find that notice and public procedures under 5 U.S.C. 553(b) are unnecessary.

The FAA has determined that this regulation only involves an established body of technical regulations for which frequent and routine amendments are necessary to keep them operationally current. Therefore, this action: (1) Is not a “significant regulatory action” under Executive Order 12866; (2) is not a “significant rule” under DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034; February 26, 1979); and (3) does not warrant preparation of a regulatory evaluation as the anticipated impact is so minimal. Since this is a routine matter that will only affect air traffic procedures and air navigation, it is certified that this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

Section 73.52 of 14 CFR part 73 was republished in FAA Order 7400.8K, dated September 26, 2002.

Environmental Review

The FAA has determined that this action qualifies for categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1D, Policies and Procedures for Considering Environmental Impacts,” and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. This airspace action is not expected to cause any potentially significant environmental impacts, and no extraordinary circumstances exist that warrant preparation of an environmental assessment.

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List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 73

  • Airspace
  • Navigation (air)
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Adoption of the Amendment

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In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration amends 14 CFR part 73 as follows:

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1. The authority citation for part 73 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959-1963 Comp., p. 389.

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2. § 73.52 is amended as follows:

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R-5207 Romulus, NY [Removed]

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Issued in Washington, DC, on October 31, 2002.

Reginald C. Matthews,

Manager, Airspace and Rules Division.

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[FR Doc. 02-28364 Filed 11-6-02; 8:45 am]