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Safety Zones: Fireworks Displays in the Captain of the Port Portland Zone

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AGENCY:

Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION:

Temporary final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Coast Guard is establishing safety zones on the waters located in the Portland, Oregon, Captain of the Port (COTP) Zone during fireworks displays. The COTP is taking this action to safeguard watercraft and their occupants from safety hazards associated with these displays. Entry into these safety zones is prohibited unless authorized by the COTP.

DATES:

This rule is effective from 10 p.m. July 4, 2004, through 10:30 p.m. July 24, 2004.

ADDRESSES:

Comments and material received from the public, as well as documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket, are available for inspection or copying at the U.S. Coast Guard MSO/Group Portland, 6767 N. Basin Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97217 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Lieutenant Junior Grade Belen Audirsch, c/o Captain of the Port, Portland, 6767 N. Basin Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97217, (503) 240-9301.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Regulatory Information

Safety zones for these events are being submitted through the normal rulemaking process for 2005. Following normal notice and comment procedures Start Printed Page 40320for the events occurring in 2004 would disallow the publishing of the final rule until after the dates of the events. For this reason, following normal rulemaking procedures in this case would be impracticable and contrary to the public interest since immediate action is necessary to ensure the safety of vessels and spectators gathering in the vicinity of the various fireworks launching barges and displays.

Background and Purpose

The Coast Guard is establishing temporary safety zones to allow for safe fireworks displays indicated in section 2(a)(1-11) of this temporary final rule. All events occur within the Portland, Oregon, Captain of the Port (COTP) Zone. These events may result in a number of vessels congregating near fireworks launching barges and sites. The safety zones are needed to protect watercraft and their occupants from safety hazards associated with fireworks displays. These safety zones will be enforced by representatives of the Captain of the Port, Portland, Oregon. The Captain of the Port may be assisted by other federal and local agencies.

Discussion of Rule

In response to safety concerns, this rule will control vessels, personnel and individual movements in a regulated area surrounding the firework events indicated in § 165.T13-008(a)(1)-(11) of this temporary final rule. Entry into these zones is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port, Portland, or his designated representative. Coast Guard personnel will enforce these safety zones. The Captain of the Port may be assisted by other federal and local agencies.

Regulatory Evaluation

This rule is not a “significant regulatory action” under section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866 and does not require an assessment of potential costs and benefits under section 6(a)(3) of that Order. The Office of Management and Budget has not reviewed this rule under that Order. This rule is not “significant” under the regulatory policies and procedures of the Department of Homeland Security. The Coast Guard expects the economic impact of this proposal to be so minimal that a full Regulatory Evaluation under the regulatory policies and procedures act of DHS is unnecessary. This expectation is based on the fact that the regulated areas established by this rule will encompass small portions of rivers in the COTP Zone on different dates, all in the evening when vessel traffic is low.

Small Entities

Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.), we considered whether this rule would have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The term “small entities” include small businesses, not-for-profit organizations that are independently owned and operated and are not dominant in their fields, and governmental jurisdictions with populations of less than 50,000. This rule will affect the following entities, some of which may be small entities: the owners or operators of vessels intending to transit a portion of the Willamette River, Columbia River, and Siuslaw River during the times and dates mentioned under 2(a)(1-11) of this Temporary Final Rule. These safety zones will not have significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities for the following reasons. This rule will be in effect no more than one hour during eleven evenings when vessel traffic is low. Traffic will be allowed to pass through the zone with the permission of the Captain of the Port or his designated representatives on scene, if safe to do so. Because the impacts of this proposal are expected to be so minimal, the Coast Guard certifies under 5 U.S.C. 605(b) of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) that this temporary final rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.

Assistance for Small Entities

Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-121), we want to assist small entities in understanding the rule so that they can better evaluate its effects on them and participate in the rulemaking process. If the rule will affect your small business, organization, or governmental jurisdiction and you have questions concerning its provisions or options for compliance, please contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section.

Collection of Information

This rule calls for no new collection of information under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520).

Federalism

We have analyzed this rule under Executive Order 13132 and have determined that this temporary final rule does not have implications for federalism under that Order.

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act

The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1531-1538) governs the issuance of Federal regulations that require unfunded mandates. An unfunded mandate is a regulation that requires a State, local, or tribal government or the private sector to incur direct costs without the Federal Government's having first provided the funds to pay those unfunded mandate costs. This rule will not impose an unfunded mandate.

Taking of Private Property

This rule will not effect a taking of private property or otherwise have taking implications under Executive Order 12630, Governmental Actions and Interference with Constitutionally Protected Property Rights.

Civil Justice Reform

This rule meets applicable standards in sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform, to minimize litigation, eliminate ambiguity, and reduce burden.

Protection of Children

We have analyzed this rule under Executive Order 13045, Protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks. This rule is not an economically significant rule and does not concern an environmental risk to health or risk to safety that may disproportionately affect children.

Indian Tribal Governments

This rule does not have tribal implications under Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian tribal governments, because it does not have a substantial direct effect on one or more Indian tribes, on the relationship between the federal government and Indian tribes, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities between the federal government and Indian tribes.

Energy Effects

We have analyzed this rule under Executive Order 13211, Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use. We have determined that it is not a “significant energy action” under that order because it is not a “significant regulatory action” under Executive Order 12866 and is not likely to have a significant adverse effect on the supply, distribution, or use of energy. It has not been designated by the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs as a significant energy action. Therefore, it Start Printed Page 40321does not require a Statement of Energy Effects under Executive Order 13211.

Environment

The Coast Guard considered the environmental impact of this rule and concluded that, under figure 2-1, paragraph (34)(g) of Commandant Instruction M16475.1C, this rule is categorically excluded from further environmental documentation. A Categorical Exclusion is provided for temporary safety zones of less than one week in duration.

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List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165

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For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends

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PART 165—REGULATED NAVIGATION AREAS AND LIMITED ACCESS AREAS

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1. The authority citation for part 165 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1226, 1231; 46 U.S.C. Chapter 701; 50 U.S.C. 191, 195; 33 CFR 1.05-1(g), 6.04-1, 6.04-6, and 160.5; Pub. L. 107-295, 116 Stat. 2064; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1.

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2. A temporary § 165.T13-008 is added to read as follows:

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Safety Zones for fireworks events in the Captain of the Port Portland Zone.

(a) Safety zones. The following areas are designated safety zones:

(1) City of Milwaukie Celebration Fireworks Display, Milwaukie, OR:

(i) Location. All water of the Willamette River enclosed by a line connecting the following points: 45°26′41″ N, 122°38′46″ W; following the shoreline to 45°26′17″ N, 122°38′36″ W; then west to 45°26′17″ N, 122°38′55″ W; following the shoreline to 45°26′36″ N, 122°38′50″ W; then back to the point of origin.

(ii) Enforcement period. 10 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on July 24, 2004.

(2) Gladstone Celebration Fireworks Display, Gladstone, OR:

(i) Location. All water of the Willamette River enclosed by a line connecting the following points: 45°22′29″ N, 122°36′42″ W; following the shoreline to 45°22′23″ N, 122°36′23″ W; then west to 45°22′14″ N, 122°36′26″ W; following the shoreline to 45°22′24″ N, 122°36′44″ W; then back to the point of origin.

(ii) Enforcement period. 10 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on July 4, 2004.

(3) Oaks Park July 4th Celebration, Portland, OR.

(i) Location. All water of the Willamette River enclosed by a line connecting the following points: 45°28′26″ N, 122°39′43″ W; following the shoreline to 45°28′10″ N, 122°39′54″ W; then west to 45°28′41″ N, 122°40′06″ W; following the shoreline to 45°28′31″ N, 122°40′01″ W; then back to the point of origin.

(ii) Enforcement period. 9:45 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on July 4, 2004.

(4) Fort Vancouver 4th of July Celebration, Vancouver, WA.

(i) Location. All water of the Columbia River enclosed by a line connecting the following points: 45°31′16″ N, 122°40′18″ W; following the shoreline to 45°36′55″ N, 122°39′11″ W; south to 45°35′28″ N, 122°39′19″ W; following the shoreline to 45°36′52″ N, 122°40′32″ W, then back to the point of origin.

(ii) Enforcement period: 10 p.m. to 10:50 p.m. on July 4, 2004.

(5) St. Helens 4th of July, St. Helens, OR.

(i) Location. All water of the Columbia River extending out to a 1200-foot radius from the barge centered at 45°51′57″ N, 122°47′02″ W.

(ii) Enforcement period: 10 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on July 4, 2004.

(6) East County 4th of July Fireworks, Gresham, OR.

(i) Location. All water of the Columbia River enclosed by a line connecting the following points: 45°32′29″ N, 122°47′32″ W; following the shoreline to 45°33′45″ N, 122°26′54″ W; then south to 45°33′29″ N, 122°26′37″ W; following the shoreline to 45°33′29″ N, 122°27′32″ W; back to the point of origin.

(ii) Enforcement period: 10 p.m. (PDT) to 10:30 p.m. (PDT) on July 4, 2004.

(7) City of Cascade Locks 4th of July, Cascade Locks, OR.

(i) Location. All water of the Columbia River extending out to a 2000′ radius from the launch site at 45°40′16″ N, 122°53′38″ W.

(ii) Enforcement period: 10 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on July 4, 2004.

(8) Arlington Chamber of Commerce Fireworks, Arlington, OR.

(i) Location. All water of the Columbia River extending out to a 500-foot radius from the launch site at 45°43′23″ N, 122°12′08″ W.

(ii) Enforcement period: 10 p.m. to 10:20 p.m. on July 4, 2004.

(9) Western Display 4th of July Party, Vancouver, WA.

(i) Location. All water of the Columbia River extending out to a 500-foot radius from the launch site at 45°35′46″ N, 122°32′22″ W.

(ii) Enforcement period: 10 p.m. to 10:20 p.m. on July 4, 2004.

(10) Ilwaco July 4th Committee Fireworks, Ilwaco, WA.

(i) Location. All water of the Columbia River extending out to a 700-foot radius from the launch site at 46°18′17″ N, 124°01′55″ W.

(ii) Enforcement period: 10 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on July 4, 2004.

(11) Florence Chamber 4th of July, Florence, OR.

(i) Location. All water of the Siuslaw River enclosed by a line connecting the following points: 43°57′58″ N, 124°06′29″ W; following the shoreline to 43°58′08″ N, 124°05′42″ W; then south to 43°57′53″ N, 124°05′31″ W; following the shoreline to 43°57′48″ N, 124°06′29″ W; back to the point of origin.

(ii) Enforcement period: 10 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on July 4, 2004.

(b) Regulations. In accordance with the general regulations in Section 165.23 of this part, no person or vessel may enter or remain in this zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port or his designated representatives.

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Dated: June 25, 2004.

Paul D. Jewell,

Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port, Portland, Oregon.

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[FR Doc. 04-15034 Filed 7-1-04; 8:45 am]

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