Coast Guard, DHS.
Temporary final rule.
The Coast Guard is establishing safety zones on the navigable waters of Sector New Orleans surrounding barges that have sustained damage requiring salvage operations during Hurricane Katrina. This action is necessary to provide for the safety of life and property during salvage operations, as well as to minimize effects on the navigable waters of Sector New Orleans.
This rule is effective from September 19, 2005 through December 31, 2005.
Comments and material received from the public, as well as documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, are part of docket USCG-2005-22429 and are available for inspection or copying at the Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, room PL-401, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. You may also find this Start Printed Page 55253docket on the Internet at http://dms.dot.gov.End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
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 a NPRM would be contrary to the public interest, as there is an immediate need to quickly and safely remove damaged barges from the navigable waterways within Sector New Orleans.
Under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for making this rule effective less than 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. This safety zone is needed immediately, in order to re-establish safe and efficient navigation within the navigable waterways.
Background and Purpose
On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, causing severe damage throughout the area. The severity of the damage is still not fully known; however we are aware of a large number of barges that have been damaged and strewn throughout the waterways within the boundaries of Sector, New Orleans. Some of these barges are directly interfering with waterway traffic, while others present environmental or safety hazards. It is imperative that salvage operations begin on these barges in an orderly and efficient manner.
Discussion of Rule
This temporary rule establishes safety zones around those barges located in the waters within Sector New Orleans that sustained damage during Hurricane Katrina, when the damage was severe enough to require salvage operations. This temporary rule regulates salvage operations within those zones. It requires that a salvage plan be submitted to the COTP prior to beginning salvage operations on any Coast Guard inspected barge, as well as on any uninspected barge that is currently affecting waterway traffic. Additionally, for any barge requiring salvage operations that will affect waterway traffic, a salvage plan must be submitted to the COTP New Orleans for approval.
For those uninspected barges that are not affecting the navigation channel or vessel traffic, this temporary final rule requires that the COTP be notified when salvage operations begin and end, even though a salvage plan is not required.
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).
We expect the economic impact of this rule to be so minimal that a full Regulatory Evaluation under the regulatory policies and procedures of DHS is unnecessary. This is because the Coast Guard will allow barge owners and operators to salvage damaged barges. The Coast Guard is requiring the submission of salvage plans in order to ensure that these operations proceed smoothly, without having a detrimental effect on the navigable waterways within Sector New Orleans.
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.
This rule does not require a general notice of proposed rulemaking and, therefore, is exempt from the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
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.
Small businesses may send comments on the actions of Federal employees 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
The Office of Management and Budget has exempted this rule from the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act due to the emergency nature of the rule.
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. The Act does not require an assessment in the case of a rule issued without prior notice and public comment. Nevertheless, the Coast Guard does not expect this rule to result in such an expenditure. We discuss this rule's effects elsewhere in this preamble.
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 create 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 Start Printed Page 55254tribes, 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. 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 (34)(g.), of the Instruction, from further environmental documentation. This rule establishes a safety zone.
A final “Environmental Analysis Check List” and a final “Categorical Exclusion Determination” are available in the docket where indicated under ADDRESSES.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165
- Marine safety
- Navigation (water)
- Reporting and recordkeeping requirements
- Security measures
For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amendsEnd Amendment Part Start Part
PART 165—REGULATED NAVIGATION AREAS AND LIMITED ACCESS AREASEnd Part Start Amendment Part
1. The authority citation for part 165 continues to read as follows:End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
2. Add temporary § 165.T08-999 to read as follows:End Amendment Part
(a) Location. The following areas are safety zones:
(1) A 25-yard radius surrounding all damaged barges located in navigable waters within Sector New Orleans.
(1) The Captain of the Port New Orleans means the Commander, Coast Guard Sector New Orleans.
(2) Damaged barge means a barge requiring salvage operations.
(1) Salvage operations may not begin on any Coast Guard inspected barge located within a safety zone established by paragraph (a) of this section until the Captain of the Port New Orleans, or his designee, has approved a salvage plan for that barge.
(2) Salvage operations may not begin on any uninspected barge located within a safety zone established by paragraph (a) of this section that is affecting waterway traffic until the Captain of the Port New Orleans, or his designee, has approved a salvage plan for that barge.
(3) The Captain of the Port New Orleans, or his designee, must approve a salvage plan for any barge located within a safety zone established by paragraph (a) of this section when salvage operations on that barge will affect waterway traffic.
(4) The salvage plan shall provide the information contained in the Brownwater Salvage Checklist. To receive the checklist, contact the Coast Guard Incident Command Post (ICP) in Alexandria, Virginia:
(i) Via phone at: (318) 443-2084, (318) 448-5351, or (318) 443-0651;
(ii) Via fax at: (318) 443-2573; or
(iii) Via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(5) The Captain of the Port New Orleans, or his designee, must be notified when salvage operations commence and are completed on uninspected barges located within a safety zone established by paragraph (a) of this section but not affecting the navigation channel or vessel traffic.
(d) The salvage plan required in paragraph (c) above should be faxed to Coast Guard Incident Command Post (ICP) in Alexandria, LA at (318) 443-2573, Attention: Salvage Group. You may contact the Salvage Operations Department at the ICP at (318) 443-2084, (318) 448-5351, or (318) 443-0651 for more information.
(e) Enforcement. The U.S. Coast Guard may be assisted in the patrol and enforcement of the zone by Federal, State and local agencies.
(f) Effective period. This section is effective from September 19, 2005 through December 31, 2005.
Dated: September 19, 2005.
Chief, Office of Regulations & Administrative Law, Office of the Judge Advocate General, United States Coast Guard.
[FR Doc. 05-18966 Filed 9-19-05; 1:18 pm]
BILLING CODE 4910-15-P