Coast Guard, DHS.
Temporary final rule.
The Coast Guard is changing the regulations that govern the operation of the Cape Fear River Memorial Bridge, at mile 26.8, in Wilmington, NC. This rule allows the bridge to remain in the closed-to-navigation position from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on November 14, 2004, to facilitate the 7th Annual Battleship NC Half Marathon.
This rule is effective from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on November 14, 2004.
Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket, are part of docket CGD05-04-189 and are available for inspection or copying at Commander (obr), Fifth Coast Guard District, Federal Building, 4th Floor, 431 Crawford Street, Portsmouth, Virginia 23704-5004 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The telephone number is (757) 398-6629. Fifth District maintains the public docket for this rulemaking.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Gary S. Heyer, Bridge Management Specialist, Fifth Coast Guard District, at (757) 398-6629.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Good Cause for Not Publishing a NPRM
We did not publish a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for this regulation. Under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for not publishing an NPRM. Publishing an NPRM is impracticable and contrary to the public interest as the 7th Annual Battleship North Carolina Half Marathon is scheduled for November 14th and immediate action is necessary to minimize the potential danger to the public. The bridge closure is a necessary measure to facilitate public safety that allows for the orderly movement of participants and vehicular traffic during the marathon.
Good Cause for Making Rule Effective in Less Than 30 days
Under 5 U.S.C. 533(d)(3), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for making this rule effective in less than 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. A 30-day delayed effective date is impracticable and contrary to the public interest as the event is scheduled for November 14th and immediate action is necessary to ensure public safety and provide for the orderly movement of participants and vehicular traffic during the marathon.
Background and Purpose
NCDOT, who owns and operates this movable (vertical lift-type) bridge, requested a temporary change to the operating regulations for the Cape Fear River Memorial Bridge in Wilmington NC, to facilitate the 7th Annual Battleship NC Half Marathon. The marathon is an annual event, attracting participants from the surrounding cities and states.
The existing regulations are outlined at 33 CFR 117.5, which requires the bridge to open on signal. The bridge has vertical clearances in the closed and full open positions to vessels of 65 feet and 135 feet at mean high water, respectively.
The Coast Guard has informed vessel operators with mast height greater than 65 feet of the closure period for the bridge so that these vessels can arrange their transits to minimize impact during the marathon. Vessels with mast heights lower than 65 feet still can transit through the drawbridge across Cape Fear River during this event since the drawbridge is closed not the waterway.
This rule is not a “significant regulatory action” under section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, 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 it under that Order. It is not “significant” under the regulatory policies and procedures of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
This conclusion was based on the fact that this rule will have minimal impact on maritime traffic transiting this area. Since Cape Fear River will remain open to navigation during this event, Start Printed Page 65372mariners with mast height less than 65 feet may still transit through the bridge and vessels with mast heights greater than 65 feet can transit after the closed hours.
Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612), we have considered whether this rule would have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The term “small entities” comprises 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.
The Coast Guard certifies under 5 U.S.C. 605(b) that this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.
This rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities because even though the rule closes the Cape Fear River Memorial Bridge to mariners, those with mast heights less than 65 feet will still be able to transit through the bridge during the closed hours and mariners whose mast heights are greater than 65 feet will be able to transit after the closed hours.
Assistance for Small Entities
Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-121), we offered to assist small entities in understanding the rule so that they could better evaluate its effects on them and participate in the rulemaking process.
Small businesses may send comments on this action of Federal employee who enforce, or otherwise determine compliance with, Federal regulations to the Small Business and Agriculture Regulatory Enforcement Ombudsman and the Regional Small Business Regulatory Fairness Boards. The Ombudsman evaluates these actions annually and rates each agency's responsiveness to small business. If you wish to comment on actions by employees of the Coast Guard, call 1-888-REG-FAIR (1-888-734-3247).
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).
A rule has implications for federalism under Executive Order 13132, Federalism, if it has a substantial direct effect on State or local governments and would either preempt State law or impose a substantial direct cost of compliance on them. We have analyzed this rule under that Order and have determined that it does not have implications for federalism.
Unfunded Mandates Reform Act
The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1531-1538) requires Federal agencies to assess the effects of their discretionary regulatory actions. In particular, the Act addresses actions that may result in the expenditure by a State, local, or tribal government, in the aggregate, or by the private sector of $100,000,000 or more in any one year. Though this rule will not result in such an expenditure, we do discuss the effects of this rule elsewhere in this preamble.
Taking of Private Property
This rule will not affect 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 would not create an environmental risk to health or risk to safety that might 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.
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. The Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs has not designated it as a significant energy action. Therefore, it does not require a Statement of Energy Effects under Executive Order 13211.
The National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA) (15 U.S.C. 272 note) directs agencies to use voluntary consensus standards in their regulatory activities unless the agency provides Congress, through the Office of Management and Budget, with an explanation of why using these standards would be inconsistent with applicable law or otherwise impractical. Voluntary consensus standards are technical standards (e.g., specifications of materials, performance, design, or operation; test methods; sampling procedures; and related management systems practices) that are developed or adopted by voluntary consensus standards bodies. This rule does not use technical standards. Therefore, we did not consider the use of voluntary consensus standards.
We have analyzed this rule under Commandant Instruction M16475.1D, which guides the Coast Guard in complying with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321-4370f), and have concluded that there are no factors in this case that would limit the use of a categorical exclusion under section 2.B.2 of the Instruction. Therefore, this rule is categorically excluded, under figure 2-1, paragraph (32)(e) of the Instruction, from further environmental documentation.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 117End List of Subjects
RegulationsStart Amendment Part
For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amendsEnd Amendment Part Start Part
PART 117—DRAWBRIDGE OPERATION REGULATIONSEnd Part Start Amendment Part
1. The authority citation for part 117 continues to read as follows:End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
2. Add temporary § 117.T824 to read as follows:End Amendment Part
From 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on November 14, 2004, the Cape Fear River Memorial Bridge, mile 26.8 at Wilmington, may remain closed to navigation.
Dated: November 1, 2004.
Rear Admiral, U. S. Coast Guard, Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District.
[FR Doc. 04-25207 Filed 11-10-04; 8:45 am]
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