Coast Guard, DHS.
Temporary final rule.
The Commander, Eleventh Coast Guard District is temporarily changing the regulation governing the Third Street Drawbridge, mile 0.4 Islais Creek, San Francisco, CA. The drawbridge need not open for vessel traffic and may remain in the closed-to-navigation position to allow seismic retrofit and rehabilitation of the bridge.
This temporary rule is effective from 12:01 a.m., September 3, 2003 until 12:01 a.m., September 2, 2004.
Documents referred to in this temporary rule are available for inspection and copying at Commander (oan), Eleventh Coast Guard District, Building 50-3, Coast Guard Island, Alameda, CA 94501-5100, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
David H. Sulouff, Chief, Bridge Section, Eleventh Coast Guard District, telephone (510) 437-3516.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Good Cause for Not Publishing an NPRM
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. This rule is being promulgated without an NPRM because drawspan openings at this bridge are infrequent, the proposal has been thoroughly coordinated with the waterway users and it would be impracticable, unnecessary and contrary to the public interest to delay the proposed project start date.
Good Cause for Making Rule Effective in Less Than 30 Days
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 because the event has been thoroughly coordinated with waterway users, no objections were received and there is no justification to deny the request or delay the proposed project.
Background and Purpose
The City of San Francisco requested a temporary change to the operation of the Third Street Bridge, mile 0.4 Islais Creek, in San Francisco, California. The bridge provides 4.4 feet minimum vertical clearance above mean high water in the closed-to-navigation position. Navigation on the waterway consists primarily of recreational watercraft. Presently, the draw is required to open on signal if at least one hour advance notice is given. The bridge was last opened for recreational waterway traffic on July 1, 2001. The City requested the drawbridge be allowed to remain closed to navigation from 12:01 a.m., September 3, 2003 until 12:01 a.m., September 2, 2004. Start Printed Page 51180During this time the City would perform seismic upgrades and rehabilitation work on the bridge. This temporary drawbridge operation amendment has been coordinated with the waterway users. No objections to the proposed temporary rule were raised.
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). The Coast Guard expects the economic impact of this temporary rule to be so minimal that a full Regulatory Evaluation under paragraph 10(e) of the regulatory policies and procedures of DOT is unnecessary. This is because drawspan openings at this bridge are infrequent and waterway traffic is not likely to be delayed.
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 rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities as none were identified that will be affected by the temporary rule.
Assistance for Small Entities
Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Public Law 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. No small entities were identified that will be affected by the temporary rule.
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).
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 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 would 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.
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.
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 no factors in this case 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 (32)(e), of the Instruction, from further environmental documentation. A Categorical Exclusion Determination is available in the docket where indicated under ADDRESSES.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 117End List of Subjects
RegulationsStart Amendment Part
For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amendsEnd Amendment Part Start Part
PART 117—DRAWBRIDGE OPERATION REGULATIONSEnd Part Start Amendment Part
1. The authority citation for part 117 continues to read as follows:End Amendment Part
2. From 12:01 a.m., September 3, 2003, until 12:01 a.m., September 2, 2004, § 117.163 is temporarily suspended.End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
3. From 12:01 a.m., September 3, 2003, until 12:01 a.m., September 2, 2004, § 117.T164 is temporarily added to read as follows:End Amendment Part
The Third Street Drawbridge, Islais Creek mile (0.4), at San Francisco, California need not open for vessels from 12:01 a.m., September 3, 2003 until 12:01 a.m., September 2, 2004.
Dated: August 15, 2003.
Kevin J. Eldridge,
Rear Admiral, Coast Guard, Commander, Eleventh Coast Guard District.
[FR Doc. 03-21764 Filed 8-25-03; 8:45 am]
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