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United States Coast Guard Restricted Area, Coast Guard Base Mobile, Mobile, Alabama

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD.


Notice of proposed rulemaking and request for comments.


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proposing to establish a new restricted area in the waters of Arlington Channel surrounding the U.S. Coast Guard Base Mobile Docks at Mobile, Alabama. The designation would ensure public safety and satisfy the Coast Guard's security, safety, and operational requirements as they pertain to vessels at Coast Guard Base Mobile by establishing an area into which unauthorized vessels and persons may not enter.


Comments must be submitted on or before May 17, 2004.

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Mr. Frank Torbett, Headquarters Regulatory Branch at (202) 761-1075 or Mr. John B. McFadyen, Corps Mobile District, at (251) 690-3261.

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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 proposes to amend the regulations in 33 CFR part 334 by establishing a new restricted area at 334.783 in the waters of Arlington Channel surrounding U.S. Coast Guard Base Mobile at Mobile, Alabama. The points defining the proposed restricted area were selected to minimize interference with other users of Arlington Channel, and to minimize the restricted area's interference with commercial and recreational fisheries.

Procedural Requirements

a. Review Under Executive Order 12866

This proposed rule is issued with respect to a military function of the Homeland Security Department and the provisions of Executive Order 12866 do not apply.

b. Review under the Regulatory Flexibility Act

This proposed rule has been reviewed under the Regulatory Flexibility Act Start Printed Page 20571 (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 Mobile District has prepared a preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) for this action. The preliminary EA concluded that this action will not have a significant impact on the human environment. After receipt and analysis of comments from this Federal Register posting and the Mobile District's concurrent Public Notice, the Corps will prepare a final environmental document detailing the scale of impacts this action will have upon the human environment. The EA will be available for review at the Mobile District Office, Regulatory Branch, 109 St. Joseph St., Mobile, Alabama.

d. Unfunded Mandates Act

This proposed 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.

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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, we propose to amend 33 CFR part 334 to read 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 334.783 is added to read as follows:

Arlington Channel, U.S. Coast Guard Base, Mobile, Alabama, restricted area.

(a) The area. The waters of Arlington Channel west of a line from latitude 30°−39′−09″ N, longitude 088°−03′-24″ W to latitude 30°−38′−54″ N., longitude 088°−03′−17″ W.

(b) The regulation. The restricted area is open to U.S. Government vessels and transiting vessels only. U.S. Government vessels include U.S. Coast Guard vessels, Department of Defense vessels, State and local law enforcement and emergency services vessels and vessels under contract with the U.S. Government. Vessels transiting the restricted area shall proceed across the area by the most direct route and without unnecessary delay. Fishing, trawling, net-fishing and other aquatic activities are prohibited in the restricted area without prior approval from the Commanding Officer, U.S. Coast Guard Group Mobile or his designated representative.

(c) Enforcement. The regulations in this section shall be enforced by the Commanding Officer, U.S. Coast Guard Group Mobile or his designated representative.

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Dated: March 11, 2004.

Michael B. White,

Chief, Operations , Directorate of Civil Works.

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[FR Doc. 04-8603 Filed 4-15-04; 8:45 am]