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United States Navy Restricted Area, Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme, California

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AGENCY:

United States 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 waters adjacent to Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme, California. This amendment would prohibit vessels and persons from entering Port Hueneme Harbor, from the seaward ends of the two entrance jetties to the shoreline, 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.

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, 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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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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 Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme, California. According to Oxnard Harbor District staff, more informal advanced notification procedures similar to those proposed have been in place for quite some time. Pursuant to Federal regulations at 33 CFR 165, the U.S. Coast Guard has imposed a temporary security zone that requires advanced notification requirements for all vessels entering Port Hueneme Harbor until establishment of this restricted area. The restricted area will permanently establish formal advanced notification procedures for all vessels and persons seeking to enter Port Hueneme Harbor landward of the seaward limits or ends of the two entrance jetties.

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 additional 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

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For the reasons set out in the preamble, the Corps proposes to 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 334.1127 is added to read as follows:

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Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme, California; Restricted Area.

(a) The area. The waters within Port Hueneme Harbor, beginning at the seaward ends of the two Port Hueneme Harbor entrance jetties, with the northwestern entrance jetty end occurring at latitude 34°8′37.0″ N., longitude 119°12′58.8″ W. and the southeastern entrance jetty occurring at latitude 34°8′34.8″ N, longitude 119°12′43.2″ W., and extending northeasterly to the shoreline.

(b) The regulation. No vessels or persons may enter the restricted area unless permission is obtained in advance from the Commanding Officer of Naval Base Ventura County. Commercial vessels that are required to make Advanced Notifications of Arrival shall continue to do so. All vessels must obtain clearance from “Control 1” over marine radio channel 06 VHF-FM prior to crossing the COLREGS (Collision Regulations) demarcation line. Vessels without marine radio capability must obtain clearance in advance by Start Printed Page 20546contacting “Control 1” via telephone at (805) 982-3938 prior to crossing the COLREGS demarcation line. The COLREGS demarcation line is defined as a line approximately 1,500 feet in length connecting the seaward limits or ends of the two Port Hueneme Harbor entrance jetties, with the northwestern jetty end occurring at latitude 34°8′37.0″ N., longitude 119°12′58.8″ W., and the southeastern entrance jetty occurring at latitude 34°8′34.8″ N., longitude 119°12′43.2″ W. (NAD83).

(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. 04-8602 Filed 4-15-04; 8:45 am]

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