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United States Coast Guard Restricted Area, San Francisco Bay, Yerba Buena Island, San Francisco, CA

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AGENCY:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is amending its regulations to establish a Restricted Area in the waters of San Francisco Bay on the east side of Yerba Buena Island, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California. The designation would ensure public safety and satisfy the security, safety, and operational requirements as they pertain to the Coast Guard Group San Francisco on Yerba Buena Island, by establishing an area into which unauthorized vessels and persons may not enter.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

May 17, 2004.

ADDRESSES:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ATTN: CECW-OR, 441 G Street, NW., Washington, DC 20314-1000.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mr. Frank Torbett, Headquarters Regulatory Branch at (202) 761-1075 or Mr. Bryan Matsumoto, Corps San Francisco District, at (415) 977-8476.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Pursuant to its authorities in Section 7 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1917 (40 Stat. 266; 33 U.S.C. 1) and Chapter XIX of the Army Appropriation Act of 1919 (40 Stat. 892; 33 U.S.C. 3) the Corps is amending the Restricted Area regulations in 33 CFR Part 334 by establishing a new Restricted Area at 334.1065, in the waters of San Francisco Bay on the east side of Yerba Buena Island, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California. This amendment will close off an open area in San Francisco Bay from a point along the southeastern shore of Yerba Buena Island at latitude 37°48′27″ North, longitude 122°21′44″ West; east to latitude 37°48′27″ North, longitude 122°21′35″ West; north to latitude 37°48′49″ North, longitude 122°21′35″ West, a point on the northeastern side of Yerba Buena Island. These coordinates correct a small error in the coordinates in the proposed notice, but the change in size and shape of the Restricted Area is considered negligible. The points defining the proposed Restricted Area were selected to isolate dock-side and pier face activity that might present a terrorist threat. Additionally, the Restricted Area would reduce the potential hazard to the public in the event of a rapid response by Coast Guard assets for Homeland Defense and Search and Rescue Operations.

Procedural Requirements

a. Review Under Executive Order 12866

This rule is issued with respect to security and safety functions of the U.S. Coast Guard and the provisions of Executive Order 12866 do not apply.

b. Review Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act

This rule has been reviewed under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (Pub. L. 96-354), which requires the preparation of a regulatory flexibility analysis for any regulation that will have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities (i.e., small businesses and small governments). The Corps expects that the economic impact of the establishment of this Restricted Area would have no impact on the public, no anticipated navigational hazard or interference with existing waterway traffic, and accordingly, certifies that this proposal, if adopted, will have no significant economic impact on small entities.

c. Review Under the National Environmental Policy Act

The San Francisco District has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) for this action. We have concluded that this action will not have a significant impact on the human environment, and preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is not required. The EA will be available for review at the San Francisco District office listed at the end of the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT paragraph above.

d. Unfunded Mandates Act

This rule does not impose an enforceable duty among the private sector and, therefore, is not a Federal private sector mandate and is not subject to the requirements of Section 202 or 205 of the Unfunded Mandates Act. We have also found under Section 203 of the Act that small governments will not be significantly and uniquely affected by this rulemaking.

e. Submission to Congress and the General Accounting Office

Pursuant to Section 801(a)(1)(A) of the Administrative Procedure Act, as amended by the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, the Army has submitted a report containing this rule to the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Comptroller General of the General Accounting Office. This rule is not a major rule within the meaning of Section 804(2) of the Administrative Procedure Act, as amended.

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List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 334

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For the reasons set out in the preamble, we amend

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PART 334—DANGER ZONE AND RESTRICTED AREA REGULATIONS

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1. The authority citation for part 334 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 40 Stat. 266; (33 U.S.C. 1) and 40 Stat. 892; (33 U.S.C. 3)

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2. Section 334.1065 is added to read as follows:

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U.S. Coast Guard Station, San Francisco Bay, Yerba Buena Island, San Francisco Bay, California; Restricted Area.

(a) The area. San Francisco Bay on the east side of Yerba Buena Island: From a point along the southeastern shore of Yerba Buena Island at latitude 37°48′27″ North, longitude 122°21′44″ West; east to latitude 37°48′27″ North, longitude Start Printed Page 20548122°21′35″ West; north to latitude 37°48′49″ North, longitude 122°21′35″ West, a point on the northeastern side of Yerba Buena Island.

(b) The regulation. (1) All persons and vessels are prohibited from entering the waters within the Restricted Area for any reason without prior written permission from the Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Group San Francisco on Yerba Buena Island.

(2) Mooring, anchoring, fishing, transit and/or swimming shall not be allowed within the Restricted Area without prior written permission from the Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Group San Francisco on Yerba Buena Island.

(c) Enforcement. The regulation in this section shall be enforced by the Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Group San Francisco on Yerba Buena Island, and such agencies and persons as he/she shall designate.

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Dated: March 11, 2004.

Michael B. White,

Chief, Operations, Directorate of Civil Works.

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[FR Doc. 04-8600 Filed 4-15-04; 8:45 am]

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