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United States Marine Corps Restricted Area and Danger Zone, Brickyard Creek and tributaries and the Broad River, Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, SC

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AGENCY:

United States Army Corps of Engineers, DoD.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Corps of Engineers is amending its regulations to establish a restricted area and danger zone in Brickyard Creek (including a portion of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway), Mulligan Creek, Albergottie Creek and Salt Creek in the vicinity of the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) in Beaufort, South Carolina. The MCAS restricted area contains six sections that are contiguous to Brickyard, Albergottie and Salt Creeks, and two sections that are located on the northern border of the MCAS that encompasses Mulligan Creek. In addition, these regulations establish a restricted area in the Broad River in the vicinity of Laurel Bay Military Family Housing Area, which is associated with the Marine Corps Air Station. The purpose of these regulations is to provide effective security in the vicinity of the Marine Corps Air Station and the Laurel Bay Military Family Housing Area.

EFECTIVE DATE:

August 29, 2005.

ADDRESSES:

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

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mr. David Olson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Headquarters, Washington, DC at 202-761-4922, or Mr. Dean Herndon, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District, at (843) 329-8044.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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 Appropriations Act of 1919 (40 Stat 892; 33 U.S.C. 3) the Corps is amending the restricted area regulations at 33 CFR 334 by adding Section 334.475, which would establish a restricted area (including eight sections) and one danger zone in the vicinity of the Marine Corps Air Station and one restricted area in the vicinity of the Laurel Bay Military Family Housing Area in Beaufort, South Carolina. The sections of the restricted area are Start Printed Page 43780described in detail in the regulation in paragraphs (a)(1) through (a)(9). The new danger zone is described in paragraph (a)(10). This regulation will allow the Commander, Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, to restrict passage of persons, watercraft, and vessels at his or her discretion in interest of National Security until such time he or she determines such restrictions may be terminated.

Procedural Requirements:

a. Review under Executive Order 12866.

This rule is issued with respect to a military function of the Department of Defense 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 the establishment of this 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 if adopted, will have no significant economic impact on small entities.

c. Review under the National Environmental Policy Act.

An environmental assessment has been prepared for this action. We have concluded, based on the minor nature of the proposed additional restricted area regulations, that this action will not have a significant impact to the quality of the human environment, and preparation of an environmental impact statement is not required. The environmental assessment may be reviewed at the 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.

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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 of Engineers amends

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PART 334—DANGER ZONES 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 334.475 is added to read as follows:

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Brickyard Creek and tributaries and the Broad River at Beaufort, SC.

(a) The areas: (1) That section of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW), beginning at the confluence of the AIWW and Albergottie Creek, being that point on the west side of the AIWW navigational channel at latitude 32.457226°, longitude 80.687770°, thence continuing in a northerly direction along the western channel edge of the AIWW to latitude 32.458580°, longitude 80.689181°, thence to latitude 32.460413°, longitude 80.689228°, thence to latitude 32.461459°, longitude 80.689418°, thence to latitude 32.464015°, longitude 80.690294°, thence to latitude 32.470255°, longitude 80.690965°, thence to latitude 32.471309°, longitude 80.691196°, thence to latitude 32.475084°, longitude 80.692455°, thence to latitude 32.478161°, longitude 80.691546°, thence to latitude 32.479191°, longitude 80.691486°, thence to latitude 32.481817°, longitude 80.691939°, thence to latitude 32.493001°, longitude 80.689835°, thence to latitude 32.494422°, longitude 80.688296°, thence to latitude 32.49727°, longitude 80.69172° on the east shore of the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS), at its intersection with the Station's property boundary line, thence heading south along the eastern shoreline of the MCAS to a point along the northern shoreline of Mulligan Creek at latitude 32.48993°, longitude 80.69836°, thence southwesterly across Mulligan Creek to the shoreline of the MCAS, latitude 32.48771°, longitude 80.70424°, thence continuing along the eastern shoreline to its intersection with Albergottie Creek, latitude 32.45360°, longitude 80.70128, thence continuing along the southern shoreline of the MCAS to the intersection of Salt Creek with U.S. Highway 21, latitude 32.45047°, longitude 80.73153°, thence back down the southern creek edge of Salt and Albergottie Creeks, thence back to the starting point at the confluence of Albergottie Creek and the AIWW, latitude 32.457226°, longitude 80.687770°. Note: Situated within the boundaries of the area described in paragraph (a)(1) of this section are the areas described in paragraphs (a)(2), (a)(3), (a)(4), (a)(5) and the danger zone described in paragraph (a)(10) of this section. Since additional regulations apply to these sections, they are excluded from the area described in paragraph (a)(1) given that they are more strictly regulated.

(2) That portion of Mulligan Creek located on the southern side of the MCAS runway, beginning at a point on the eastern shoreline of Mulligan Creek at latitude 32.48993°, longitude 80.69836°, thence southwesterly across Mulligan Creek to the shoreline of the MCAS, latitude 32.48771°, longitude 80.70424°, thence continuing in a northerly direction along the eastern shoreline of the MCAS, thence in a northeasterly direction along the and southern side of the MCAS runway, thence back down the eastern shoreline of Mulligan Creek to its starting point, latitude 32.48993°, longitude 80.69836°.

(3) That area adjacent to the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW), situated within the boundaries of the area described in paragraph (a)(1) of this section, beginning at a point on the west side of the AIWW navigational channel at latitude 32.463732°, longitude 80.690208°, thence continuing in a northerly direction along the western channel edge of the AIWW to latitude 32.467999°, longitude 80.690749°, thence turning in a westerly direction and continuing to latitude 32.467834°, longitude 80.700080°, on the eastern shore of the MCAS, thence heading in a southward direction along the shoreline to latitude 32.463692°, longitude 80.698440°, thence turning in a westerly direction and returning back to the starting point on the west edge of the AIWW channel, latitude 32.463732°, longitude 80.690208°.

(4) That area contiguous to Albergottie Creek, situated within the boundaries of the area described in paragraph (a)(1) of this section, beginning at a point on the southern shoreline of the MCAS at latitude 32.452376°, longitude 80.708263°, thence continuing in a northerly direction along the shoreline, up to the shoreline adjacent to Kimes Avenue and back down the opposite shoreline in a southerly direction to a point at latitude 32.450643°, longitude 80.715653°, thence turning in a easterly direction and returning back to the starting point at latitude 32.452376°, longitude 80.708263°.

(5) That area contiguous to Salt Creek, situated within the boundaries of the area described in paragraph (a)(1) of this section, beginning at a point on the southern shoreline of the MCAS and the Start Printed Page 43781edge of Salt Creek at latitude 32.45194°, longitude 80.724473°, thence continuing in a northerly direction along the shoreline of the MCAS and continuing on to its intersection again with Salt Creek and adjacent to U.S. Highway 21, thence turning and continuing along the shoreline of Salt Creek in an easterly direction and returning back to the starting point at latitude 32.45194°, longitude 80.724473°.

(6) That section of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW), beginning at the confluence of the AIWW and Albergottie Creek, being that point on the west side of the AIWW navigational channel at latitude 32.457226°, longitude 80.687770°, thence continuing in a northerly direction along the western channel edge of the AIWW to latitude 32.458580°, longitude 80.689181°, thence to latitude 32.460413°, longitude 80.689228°, thence to latitude 32.461459°, longitude 80.689418°, thence to latitude 32.464015°, longitude 80.690294°, thence to latitude 32.470255°, longitude 80.690965°, thence to latitude 32.471309°, longitude 80.691196°, thence to latitude 32.475084°, longitude 80.692455°, thence to latitude 32.478161°, longitude 80.691546°, thence to latitude 32.479191°, longitude 80.691486°, thence to latitude 32.481817°, longitude 80.691939°, thence to latitude 32.493001°, longitude 80.689835°, thence to latitude 32.494422°, longitude 80.688296°, thence crossing the AIWW channel in a southeasterly direction to a point on the east side of the AIWW and the marsh edge of bank, latitude 32.49343°, longitude 80.68699°, thence southward along the edge of the AIWW and the waterward marsh edge of Ladies Island to a point on the west shoreline of Pleasant Point Peninsular, latitude 32.45806°, longitude 80.68668°, thence back across the AIWW navigational channel to the point of beginning, latitude 32.457226°, longitude 80.687770°.

(7) That portion of Mulligan Creek, beginning at its northern mouth and confluence with McCalleys Creek, latitude 32.50763°, longitude 80.69337°, thence proceeding in a westerly direction along the northern shoreline of Mulligan Creek to its intersection with Perryclear Drive bridge crossing, latitude 32.50534°, longitude 80.69960°, thence back down the southern shoreline to its starting point at McCalleys Creek, latitude 32.50763°, longitude 80.69337°.

(8) That portion of Mulligan Creek, beginning at the Perryclear Drive bridge crossing, latitude 32.50534°, longitude 80.69960°, thence proceeding in a south westerly direction along the northern shoreline of Mulligan Creek to the terminus of its western tributary, thence back down its southern shoreline to the terminus of its eastern terminus located at the northern end on the MCAS runway, latitude 32.49531°, longitude 80.70658°, thence back down the southern shoreline to its starting point at Perryclear Drive bridge crossing, latitude 32.50534°, longitude 80.69960°.

(9) (Laurel Bay Military Family Housing Area, Broad River) That section of the Broad River, beginning on the western shoreline of Laurel Bay Military Family Housing Area boundary line, at latitude 32.449295°, longitude 80.803205°, thence proceeding in a northerly direction along the shoreline to the housing area northern boundary line at latitude 32.471172°, longitude 80.809795°, thence proceeding a distance of 500 feet into the Broad River, latitude 32.471185°, longitude 80.811440°, thence proceeding in a southerly direction and maintaining a distance of 500 feet from the shoreline to latitude 32.449222°, longitude 80.804825°, thence back towards the shoreline to the point of beginning at latitude 32.449295°, longitude 80.803205°.

(10) (Danger zone). That portion of Mulligan Creek located adjacent to the MCAS firing range and the restricted area described in paragraph (a)(2) of this section, beginning at a point on the western shoreline of Mulligan Creek at latitude 32.48771°, longitude 80.70424°, thence northeasterly across Mulligan Creek to the opposite shoreline at latitude 32.48993°, longitude 80.69836°, thence continuing in a southeasterly direction to an upland island bordering the northern shoreline of Mulligan Creek at latitude 32.48579°, longitude 80.69706°, thence turning in a southwesterly direction and crossing Mulligan Creek to a point on the eastern shoreline of the MCAS at latitude 32.48533°, longitude 80.70240°, thence continuing along the eastern shoreline of the MCAS to its starting point at latitude 32.48771°, longitude 80.70424°.

(b) The regulation: (1) Unauthorized personnel, vessels and other watercraft shall not enter the restricted areas described in paragraphs (a)(2), (a)(3), (a)(4), (a)(5) and (a)(8) of this section at any time.

(2) The public shall have unrestricted access and use of the waters described in paragraph (a)(6) of this section whenever the MCAS is in Force Protection Condition Normal, Alpha or Bravo. Whenever the facility is in Force Protection Condition Charlie or Delta, personnel, vessels and other watercraft entering the restricted area described in paragraph (a)(6) of this section shall proceed at normal speed and shall under no circumstances anchor, fish, loiter or photograph in any way until clear of the restricted area.

(3) The public shall have unrestricted access and use of the waters described in paragraphs (a)(1), (a)(7), and (a)(9) of this section whenever the MCAS is in Force Protection Condition Normal Alpha or Bravo. Whenever the facility is in Force Protection Condition Charlie or Delta, personnel, vessels and other watercraft are prohibited from entering the waters described in paragraphs (a)(1), (a)(7), and (a)(9) of this section, unless they first obtain an escort or other approval from the Commander, MCAS, Beaufort, South Carolina.

(4) Unauthorized personnel, vessels and other watercraft shall not enter the danger zone described in paragraph (a)(10) of this section at any time.

(5) All restricted areas and danger zones will be marked with suitable warning signs.

(6) It is understood that none of the restrictions herein will apply to properly marked Federal vessels performing official duties.

(7) It is further understood that unauthorized personnel will not take photographs from within the above described restricted areas.

(c) Enforcement: The regulation in this section, promulgated by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, shall be enforced by the Commanding Officer, MCAS Beaufort, or persons or agencies as he/she may authorize including any Federal Agency, State, Local or County Law Enforcement agency, or Private Security Firm in the employment of the facility, so long as the entity undertaking to enforce this Restricted Area has the legal authority to do so under the appropriate Federal, State or local laws.

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Dated: July 22, 2005.

Michael B. White,

Chief, Operations Division, Directorate of Civil Works.

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[FR Doc. 05-15040 Filed 7-28-05; 8:45 am]

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