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United States Navy Restricted Area, Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, CA

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United States Army Corps of Engineers, DoD.


Final rule.


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is amending its regulations to establish a restricted area in waters adjacent to Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, California. This amendment would prohibit vessels from entering a six-mile-long by one-quarter-mile-wide section of the Pacific Ocean along the shoreline between the up-coast limit and the down-coast limit of Point Mugu without first obtaining permission from the Commanding Officer of Naval Base Ventura County. This amendment is necessary to safeguard U.S. Navy vessels and U.S. Government facilities from sabotage and other subversive acts, accidents, or incidents of similar nature.


May 17, 2004.


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

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Mr. Frank Torbett, Headquarters Regulatory Branch, Washington, DC at (202) 761-1075, or Mr. Mark D. Cohen, Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District, Regulatory Branch, at (213) 452-3413.

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Pursuant to its authorities in section 7 of the River and Harbor Act of 1917 (40 Stat. 266; 33 U.S.C. 1) and Chapter XIX, of the Army Appropriations Act of 1919 (40 Stat. 892; 33 U.S.C. 3) the Corps is proposing to amend the restricted area regulations in 33 CFR part 334 by establishing a restricted area in waters of the U.S. adjacent to Point Mugu, California. The proposed restricted area would permanently establish formal advanced notification procedures for all vessels seeking to enter a six-mile-long by one-quarter-mile-wide section of the Pacific Ocean along the shoreline between the up-coast limit and the down-coast limit of Point Mugu.

Procedural Requirements

a. Review Under Executive Order 12866

This rule is issued with respect to a military function of the Defense Department 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 (Public Law 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 this new restricted area would have practically no impact on the public, no anticipated navigational hazard or interference with existing waterway traffic and accordingly, certifies that this proposal will have no significant economic impact on small entities.

c. Review Under the National Environmental Policy Act

The Los Angeles District has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) for this action. The District has concluded, based on the minor nature of the addition of this restricted area, that this action will not have a significant impact to the quality of the human environment, and preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is not required. The EA may be reviewed at the Los Angeles District office listed at the end of FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT, 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

  • Danger zones
  • Marine safety
  • Navigation (water)
  • Restricted areas
  • Waterways
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For the reasons set out in the preamble, the Corps proposes to amend 33 CFR part 334 as follows:

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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 334.1126 is added to read as follows:

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Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, California; Restricted Area.

(a) The area. The restricted area at Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu incorporates its shoreline and connects the following points: latitude 34°7′9.9″, longitude 119°9′35.6″ (up-coast shoreline point); latitude 34°7′0.0″, longitude 119°9′46.7″ latitude 34°6′44.9″, longitude 119°9′22.5″; latitude 34°6′30.2″, longitude 119°8′59.0″; latitude 34°6′20.5″, longitude 119°8′46.7″; latitude 34°6′8.4″, longitude 119°8′25.2″; latitude 34°5′53.7″; longitude 119°7′59.5″; latitude 34°5′45.9″, longitude 119°7′41.5″; latitude 34°5′40.1″, longitude 119°7′21.0″; latitude 34°5′33.6″, longitude 119°6′58.1″; latitude 34°5′31.2″, longitude 119°6′37.9″; latitude 34°5′31.0″, longitude 119°6′22.2″; latitude 34°5′32.9″, longitude 119°6′14.4″; latitude; 34°5′44.7″, longitude 119°5′54.0″; latitude 34°5′45.2″, longitude 119°5′43.5″; latitude 34°5′41.0″, longitude 119°5′21.2″; Start Printed Page 20547latitude 34°5′42.2″, longitude 119°5′13.3″; latitude 34°5′27.8″, longitude 119°4′49.5″; latitude 34°5′17.9″, longitude 119°4′27.9″; latitude 34°5′5.7″, longitude 119°3′59.90″; latitude; 34°5′17.9″, longitude 119°3′55.4″ (down-coast shoreline point).

(b) The regulation. No vessels may enter the restricted area unless permission is obtained in advance from the Commanding Officer of Naval Base Ventura County. Contact Naval Base Ventura County Security at (805) 989-7907.

(c) Enforcement. The regulation in this section, promulgated by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, shall be enforced by the Commanding Officer of Naval Base Ventura County, and such agencies or persons as he/she may designate.

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Dated: March 11, 2004.

Michael B. White,

Chief, Operations, Directorate of Civil Works.

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[FR Doc. 04-8601 Filed 4-15-04; 8:45 am]