Coast Guard, DHS.
Temporary final rule.
The Coast Guard is establishing a safety zone in the vicinity of Norfolk Harbor Entrance Reach in support of diving operations being conducted to upgrade the Magnetic Silencing Facility at the U.S. Navy Degaussing Range. This action is intended to restrict vessel traffic from transiting within 200 yards of position 36-58-55 N/076-19-17 W in Norfolk Harbor Entrance Reach. The safety zone is necessary to protect divers from the hazards associated with the upgrade operations.
This rule is effective from 6 a.m. on May 22, 2006 to 9 p.m. on August 17, 2006.
Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket are part of docket CGD05-06-051 and are available for inspection or copying at the Norfolk Federal Building, 200 Granby Street, Suite 700, Norfolk, Virginia 23510, between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. eastern time, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
LT Bill Clark, project officer, USCG Sector Hampton Roads, telephone number (757) 668-5580.End Further Info 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. The Coast Guard recently received notification from the U.S. Navy that divers would be conducting necessary repair and upgrade operations in the area of Norfolk Harbor Reach. This regulation is necessary in order to adequately protect the public during the diving operations, and therefore it is impracticable and contrary to the public interest to delay in publishing this rule. The operation will take place from May 22, 2006 to August 17, 2006 between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. eastern time in Norfolk Harbor Entrance Reach. Due to the hazards posed by the diving operations, it is in the public interest to have these regulations in effect during this period.
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. Because of the hazards associated with the diving operations, a limited access area is necessary to provide for the safety of the divers.
Background and Purpose
Between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. eastern time, from May 22, 2006 to August 17, 2006, diving operations will be conducted in the vicinity of Norfolk Harbor Entrance Reach. In order to protect mariners during diving operations, a safety zone will be enforced. When the zone is being enforced, vessel traffic will be restricted from transiting within 200 yards of position 36-58-55 N/076-19-17 W in Norfolk Harbor Entrance Reach.
Discussion of Rule
The Coast Guard is establishing a safety zone on specified waters of Norfolk Harbor Entrance Reach. The regulated area will consist of all waters in Norfolk Harbor Entrance Reach within 200 yards of position 36-58-55 N / 076-19-17 W. Vessels will be restricted from transiting the area between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. eastern time, from May 22, 2006 to August 17, 2006.
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).
Although this regulation restricts access to the regulated area, the effect of this rule will not be significant because: (i) The safety zone will be in effect for a limited duration; (ii) the Coast Guard will make notifications via maritime advisories so mariners can adjust their plans accordingly; and (iii) the Captain of the Port may authorize access to the safety zone.
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” 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.
The Coast Guard certifies under 5 U.S.C. section 605(b) that this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. This rule will affect the following entities, some of which may be small entities: the owners and operators of vessels intending to transit in that portion of Norfolk Harbor Entrance Reach between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. eastern time, from May 22, 2006 to August 17, 2006. The safety zone will not be a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities, because the zone will only be in place for a limited period and maritime advisories will be issued so that mariners can adjust their plans accordingly.
Assistance for Small Entities
Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-121), we offer 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 government jurisdiction and you have questions concerning its provisions or options for compliance, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT for assistance in understanding this rule.
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
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 Start Printed Page 31946this 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 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 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 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. 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.lD, 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, we believe that this rule should be categorically excluded, under figure 2-1, paragraph (34)(g), of the Instruction, from further environmental documentation. 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 & record keeping requirements
- Security measures
- and Waterways
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.T05-051, to read as follows:End Amendment Part
(a) Location. The following area is a safety zone: The waters within 200 yards of position 36-58-55 N / 076-19-17 W in the Captain of the Port, Hampton Roads zone as defined in 33 CFR 3.25-10.
(b) Definition. As used in this section, the term, Captain of the Port Representative means any U.S. Coast Guard commissioned, warrant or petty officer who has been authorized by the Captain of the Port, Hampton Roads, Virginia to act on his behalf.
(c) Contact Information. The Captain of the Port, Hampton Roads and the Sector Duty Officer at Sector Hampton Roads in Portsmouth, Virginia can be contacted at telephone number (757) 668-5555 or (757) 484-8192. The Coast Guard personnel enforcing the safety zone can be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 and 16.
(d) Regulation. (1) In accordance with the general regulations in § 165.23 of this part, entry into this safety zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port, Hampton Roads, Virginia or the Caption of the Port Representative.
(2) The operator of any vessel in the immediate vicinity of this safety zone shall:
(i) Stop the vessel immediately upon being directed to do so by any commissioned, warrant or petty officer on board a vessel displaying a U.S. Coast Guard Ensign.
(ii) Proceed as directed by any commissioned, warrant or petty officer on board a vessel displaying a U.S. Coast Guard Ensign.
(e) Effective period. This section is effective from 6 a.m. on May 22, 2006 to 9 p.m. on August 17, 2006.
(f) Enforcement period. This section will be enforced from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the effective period.
Dated: May 15, 2006.
Patrick B. Trapp,
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port, Hampton Roads.
[FR Doc. E6-8545 Filed 6-1-06; 8:45 am]
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