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Safety Zone; Ohio River Miles 355.5 to 356.5, Portsmouth, OH

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AGENCY:

Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION:

Temporary final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone for the waters of the Ohio River beginning at mile 355.5 and ending at mile 356.5, extending the entire width of the river. This safety zone is needed to provide for the safety of participating vessels and mariners during the Portsmouth Power Boat Races. All vessels and persons, except for participating vessels, are prohibited from transiting within this safety zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Huntington or a designated representative.

DATES:

This rule is effective from 10 a.m. on July 19 until 7 p.m. on July 20, 2003.

ADDRESSES:

Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket, are part of docket (COTP Huntington-03-002) and are available for inspection or copying at Marine Safety Office Huntington, 1415 6th Ave., Huntington, WV, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Petty Officer (PO) William Reeves, Marine Safety Office Huntington, Marine Event Coordinator at (304) 529-5524.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Regulatory Information

We did not publish a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for this regulation. Under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for not publishing an NPRM, and under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), good cause exists for making this rule effective less than 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. Information was made available to the Coast Guard in insufficient time to publish an NPRM or for publication in the Federal Register 30 days prior to the event. Publishing an NPRM and delaying its effective date would be contrary to public interest since immediate action is needed to provide for the safety of participating vessels and mariners.

Background and Purpose

The Captain of the Port Huntington is establishing a safety zone from miles 355.5 to 356.5 on the Ohio River, extending the entire width of the river. This safety zone is necessary to ensure the safety of participating vessels and mariners during the Portsmouth Power Boat Races. Participating vessels are vessels registered with event officials to race or work in the Portsmouth Power Boat Races, and include race boats, rescue boats, tow boats and picket boats associated with the race. With the exception of participating vessels of the Portsmouth Power Boat Races, all other vessels are prohibited from transiting within this safety zone between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Huntington or a designated representative.

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 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

This regulation will only be in effect for a short period of time and notifications to the marine community will be made through broadcast notice to mariners. The impacts on routine navigation are expected to be minimal.

Small Entities

Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612), we 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 Start Printed Page 34308dominant 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 portions of the Ohio River from miles 355.5 to 356.5, from 10 a.m. on July 19 until 7 p.m. on July 20, 2003, and will only be enforced from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. This safety zone will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities for the following reasons. This regulation will be enforced for only a short period of time, and there will be breaks provided every three hours during the races. During those breaks the waterway will be cleared and traffic will be allowed to pass through the zone. Notification of the safety zone and the break periods will be made to the marine community by broadcast notice to mariners and event sponsors.

If you are a small business entity and are significantly affected by this regulation please contact PO William Reeves, Marine Safety Office Huntington, Marine Event Coordinator at (304) 529-5524.

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. Small businesses may send comments on the actions of Federal employees who enforce, or otherwise determine compliance with, Federal regulations to the Small Business and Agriculture Regulatory Enforcement Ombudsman and the Regional Small Business Regulatory Fairness Boards. The Ombudsman evaluates these actions annually and rates each agency's responsiveness to small business. If you wish to comment on actions by employees of the Coast Guard, call 1-888-REG-FAIR (1-888-734-3247).

Collection of Information

This rule calls 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 effect on State or local governments and would either preempt State law or impose 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 effect 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 may 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. The Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs has not designated it as a significant energy action. Therefore, it does not require a Statement of Energy Effects under Executive Order 13211.

Environment

We have analyzed this rule under Commandant Instruction M16475.lD, which guides the Coast Guard in complying with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA)(42 U.S.C. 4321-4370f), and have concluded that there are no factors in this case that would limit the use of a categorical exclusion under section 2.B.2 of the Instruction. Therefore, this rule is categorically excluded, under figure 2-1, paragraph (34)(g), of the Instruction, from further environmental documentation because this rule is not expected to result in any significant environmental impact as described in NEPA.

Under figure 2-1, paragraph (34)(g), of the Instruction, an “Environmental Analysis Check List” and a “Categorical Exclusion Determination” are not required for this rule.

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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 amends

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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; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.

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2. From 10 a.m. on July 19, 2003 through 7 p.m. on July 20, 2003 add a new temporary § 165.T08-051 to read as follows:

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Safety Zone; Ohio River Miles 355.5 to 356.5, Portsmouth, OH.

(a) Definition. Participating Vessels are vessels registered with event officials to race or work in the Portsmouth Power Boat Races, and include race boats, rescue boats, tow boats and picket boats associated with the race.

(b) Location. The following area is a safety zone: The waters of the Ohio Start Printed Page 34309River from miles 355.5 to 356.5, extending the entire width of the river.

(c) Periods of enforcement. This section will be enforced from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 19 and July 20, 2003. The Captain of the Port Huntington or a designated representative will inform the public through broadcast notice to mariners of the enforcement periods for the safety zone.

(d) Regulations. (1) In accordance with the general regulations in § 165.23 of this part, entry of persons and vessels into this zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port Huntington or a designated representative.

(2) Participating vessels are authorized entry within the zone.

(3) Persons or vessels other than participating vessels and mariners requiring entry into or passage through the zone must request permission from the Captain of the Port Huntington or a designated representative. They may be contacted via VHF-FM Channel 13 or 16 or by telephone at (304) 529-5524.

(4) All persons and vessels shall comply with the instructions of the Captain of the Port Huntington and designated on-scene U.S. Coast Guard patrol personnel. On-scene U.S. Coast Guard patrol personnel include commissioned, warrant, and petty officers of the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Dated: May 14, 2003.

S.M. Wischmann,

Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Coast Guard, Acting Captain of the Port Huntington.

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[FR Doc. 03-14432 Filed 6-6-03; 8:45 am]

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