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Safety Zone; Ohio River, Miles 469.6 to 470.5, Extending 900 Feet from the Ohio Shoreline, Cincinnati, OH

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AGENCY:

Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION:

Temporary final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone for all waters of the Ohio River extending 900 feet from the Ohio shoreline beginning at mile marker 469.6 and ending at mile marker 470.5. This zone is necessary to protect participants, spectators and vessels from the potential safety hazards associated with the 2003 Tall Stacks Heritage Festival. Entry into this zone is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port Louisville or a designated representative.

DATES:

This rule is effective from 8 a.m. on October 14, 2003 until 1 p.m. on October 20, 2003.

ADDRESSES:

Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket are part of docket [COTP Louisville-03-009] and are available for inspection or copying at Marine Safety Office Louisville, 600 Martin Luther King Junior Place, Room 360, Louisville, Start Printed Page 58607KY 40202-2230, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Lieutenant (LT) Tom Lake, Marine Safety Office Louisville, Planning Department, at (502) 582-5194.

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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. Publishing an NPRM and delaying its effective date would be contrary to public interest since immediate action is needed to protect participants, vessels and mariners from the hazards associated with the 2003 Tall Stacks Heritage Festival.

Background and Purpose

The Captain of the Port Louisville is establishing a safety zone for all waters of the Ohio River extending 900 feet from Ohio shoreline beginning at mile marker 469.6 and ending at mile marker 470.5. The event requires a safety zone due to the number of commercial vessels that regularly transit the area, the potential for a large spectator vessel turnout and the need to control vessel traffic in the vicinity of the 2003 Tall Stacks Heritage Festival. 17 paddle wheel vessels will be moored in this zone. Over 25,000 waterborne spectators are expected to be in the vicinity of these paddle wheel vessels at any one time. Unauthorized access by a recreational or commercial vessel could create a hazardous condition that would endanger the safety of participants or spectators. Entry into this zone is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port Louisville 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 rule will only be in effect for a short period of time and notifications to the maritime community will be made through broadcast notice to mariners. The impacts on routine navigation are expected to be minimal as this safety zone will only extend 900 feet from the Ohio shoreline. Vessels intending to transit between miles 469.6 and 470.5 may do so if they transit at a distance no closer than 900 feet from the Ohio shoreline.

Small Entities

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. This rule will affect the following entities, some of which may be small entities: the owners or operators of recreational and commercial towing vessels intending to transit within 900 feet of the Ohio shoreline from mile marker 469.6 to mile marker 470.5, from 8 a.m. on October 14, 2003 until 1 p.m. on October 20, 2003. This safety zone will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities because this rule will be in effect for only a short period of time, and the safety zone will not extend the entire width of the river. Vessels intending to transit between miles 469.6 and 470.5 may do so if they transit at a distance no closer than 900 feet from the Ohio shoreline.

If you are a small business entity and are significantly affected by this regulation please contact LT Tom Lake, Marine Safety Office Louisville, Planning Department, at (502) 582-5194.

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 Start Printed Page 58608with 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 determined 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 M16475.1D, 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 adverse environmental impact as described in NEPA. Paragraph (34)(g) is applicable because this rule is establishing a safety zone that will be effective for a period greater than one week. A final “Environmental Analysis Check List” and a final “Categorical Exclusion Determination” are available in the docket where indicated under ADDRESSES.

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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. 1226, 1231; 46 U.S.C. Chapter 701; 50 U.S.C. 191; 33 CFR 1.05-1(g), 6.04-1, 6.04-6, and 160.5; Pub. L. 103-295, 116 Stat. 2064; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1.

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2. A new temporary § 165.T08-129 is added to read as follows:

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Safety Zone; Ohio River, Miles 469.6 to 470.5, Extending 900 feet from the Ohio shoreline, Cincinnati, OH.

(a) Location. The following area is safety zone: All waters of the Ohio River extending 900 feet from the Ohio shoreline beginning at mile marker 469.6 and ending at mile marker 470.5.

(b) Effective date. This section is effective from 8 a.m. on October 14, 2003 until 1 p.m. on October 20, 2003.

(c) Regulations. (1) In accordance with the general regulations in § 165.23 of this part, entry into this zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Louisville or a designated representative.

(2) Persons or vessels requiring entry into or passage through the zone must request permission from the Captain of the Port Louisville or a designated representative. They may be contacted on VHF Channel 13 or 16.

(3) All persons and vessels shall comply with the instructions of the Captain of the Port Louisville 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: September 12, 2003.

T.D. Gilbreath,

Commander, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port Louisville.

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[FR Doc. 03-25683 Filed 10-9-03; 8:45 am]

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