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

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD.


Final rule.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is amending its regulations to establish a 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 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.


Effective August 30, 2004.


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

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Ms. Joanne M. Barry, Headquarters Regulatory Branch at (202) 761-7763 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 is amending the Restricted Area 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. In addition to the publication of the proposed rule, the Mobile District Engineer published public notices dated 18 July 2003 and 20 April 2004. No objections to establishment of the final Restricted Area were received.

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 Mobile 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 Mobile 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

  • Danger zones
  • Marine safety
  • Navigation (water)
  • Restricted areas
  • Waterways
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For the reasons set out in the preamble, we are amending 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:

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Arlington Channel, U.S. Coast Guard Base Mobile, Mobile, Alabama, Coast Guard 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 regulations. 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: July 21, 2004.

Michael B. White,

Chief, Operations Division, Directorate of Civil Works.

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[FR Doc. 04-17263 Filed 7-28-04; 8:45 am]