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National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP); Inspection of Insured Structures by Communities

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AGENCY:

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate, Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

ACTION:

Adoption of interim final rule as final.

SUMMARY:

This final rule adopts the interim final rule, published in the Federal Register on March 8, 2002, to amend the NFIP regulations to clarify that areas of Monroe County, Florida that incorporate on or after January 1, 1999, and become eligible for the sale of flood insurance must participate in the inspection procedure as a condition of joining the NFIP. An inspection procedure was established to help the communities of Monroe County and the Village of Islamorada verify that structures comply with the community's floodplain management ordinance and to ensure that property owners pay Start Printed Page 59127flood insurance premiums to the NFIP commensurate with their flood risk.

DATES:

44 CFR 59.30(a) became effective on March 8, 2002. The amendments to Appendices (A)(4), (A)(5), and (A)(6) of 44 CFR part 61 became effective on June 6, 2002.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Don Beaton, FEMA, Mitigation Division, 500 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20472, (facsimile) 202-646-4327, or e-mail donald.beaton@dhs.gov; or Lois Forster, FEMA, Mitigation Division, (facsimile) 202-646-2577, or e-mail lois.forster@dhs.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The interim final rule published on March 8, 2002, at 67 FR 10631 amended 44 CFR 59.30 and Appendices (A)(4), (A)(5), and (A)( 6) of 44 CFR part 61 to clarify that areas of Monroe County, Florida that incorporate on or after January 1, 1999, and become eligible for the sale of flood insurance must participate in the inspection procedure as a condition of participating in the NFIP. An inspection procedure was established to help the communities of Monroe County and the Village of Islamorada verify that structures comply with the community's floodplain management ordinance and to ensure that property owners pay flood insurance premiums to the NFIP commensurate with their flood risk.

The closing date for the submission of comments was June 6, 2002.

Comments on the Interim Final Rule

By the close of the comment period, FEMA received no comments on the interim final rule.

Adoption as Final Rule

Accordingly, the interim final rule to amend the NFIP regulations to clarify that areas of Monroe County, Florida that incorporate on or after January 1, 1999, and become eligible for the sale of flood insurance must participate in the inspection procedures as a condition of joining the NFIP which was published at 67 FR 10631 on March 8, 2002, is adopted as a final rule without change.

National Environmental Policy Act

FEMA conducted an environmental review on the inspection procedure. You may obtain a copy of the Record of Environmental Review documenting the findings through FEMA's Web site at www.FEMA.gov, or by writing to FEMA at 500 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20472, Attention: Lois Forster.

Executive Order 12898, Environmental Justice

FEMA reviewed the inspection procedure under Executive Order 12898 and determined that the inspection procedure would not have a disproportionate adverse impact on low-income populations and minority populations. FEMA also determined that this action would have some adverse effects on low-income populations because some illegal enclosures are used as full-living units and the residents would have to find replacement housing. The effect would be caused by the residents' illegal activity, not by this regulatory action. FEMA determined, further, that there would be greater adverse health and safety impact on the affected low-income populations if they stayed in these illegally built ground level enclosures. The enclosures are located in flood hazard areas below the Base Flood Elevation where there is a significant risk of flooding.

Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review

FEMA has reviewed the inspection procedure under the provisions of Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review. Under Executive Order 12866, 58 FR 51735, Oct. 4, 1993, a significant regulatory action is subject to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) review and the requirements of the Executive Order. The Executive Order defines “significant regulatory action” as one that is likely to result in a rule that may:

(1) Have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more or adversely affect in a material way the economy, a sector of the economy, productivity, competition, jobs, the environment, public health or safety, or State, local, or tribal governments or communities;

(2) Create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with an action taken or planned by another agency;

(3) Materially alter the budgetary impact of entitlements, grants, user fees, or loan programs or the rights and obligations of recipients thereof; or

(4) Raise novel legal or policy issues arising out of legal mandates, the President's priorities, or the principles set forth in th[e] Executive [O]rder.

FEMA found that the final rule is neither a significant regulatory action nor an economically significant rule under the Executive Order. OMB has not reviewed this rule under the principles of Executive Order 12866.

Executive Order 13132, Federalism

Executive Order 13132, Federalism, seeks to ensure that Executive agencies consider principles of federalism when developing new policies, and requires them to consult with State and local officials when their actions may have federalism implications.

FEMA reviewed this final rule for federalism implications under Executive Order 13132 and determined that this final rule does not have federalism implications as defined in Executive Order 13132.

In addition to Monroe County, the Village of Islamorada, and the State of Florida, FEMA has consulted with the City of Marathon and will continue to consult and coordinate with the City of Marathon and any other area in Monroe County that incorporates and becomes eligible for the sale of flood insurance after January 1, 1999, that will participate in the inspection procedure.

Paperwork Reduction Act

FEMA submitted the information collection requirements to OMB for approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. Under Control Number 3067-0275, OMB approved the information collection requirements. Now that FEMA is part of DHS, the Control Number is 1660-0045.

Executive Order 12778, Civil Justice Reform

This final rule meets the applicable standards of subsections 2(a) and 2(b)(2) of Executive Order 12778.

The interim final rule published on March 8, 2002 at 67 FR 10631 is adopted as final without change.

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Dated: October 7, 2003.

Michael D. Brown,

Under Secretary, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Department of Homeland Security.

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[FR Doc. 03-25906 Filed 10-10-03; 8:45 am]

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