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Suspension of Community Eligibility

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AGENCY:

Mitigation Division, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

This rule identifies communities, where the sale of flood insurance has been authorized under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), that are scheduled for suspension on the effective dates listed within this rule because of noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of the program. If FEMA receives documentation that the community has adopted the required floodplain management measures prior to the effective suspension date given in this rule, the suspension will not occur and a notice of this will be provided by publication in the Federal Register on a subsequent date.

EFFECTIVE DATES:

The effective date of each community's scheduled suspension is the third date (“Susp.”) listed in the third column of the following tables.

ADDRESSES:

If you want to determine whether a particular community was suspended on the suspension date, contact the appropriate FEMA Regional Office.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

William H. Lesser, Mitigation Division, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646-2807.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The NFIP enables property owners to purchase flood insurance which is generally not otherwise available. In return, communities agree to adopt and administer local floodplain management aimed at protecting lives and new construction from future flooding. Section 1315 of the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4022, prohibits flood insurance coverage as authorized under the NFIP, 42 U.S.C. 4001 et seq.; unless an appropriate public body adopts adequate floodplain management measures with effective enforcement measures. The communities listed in this document no longer meet that statutory requirement for compliance Start Printed Page 33643with program regulations, 44 CFR part 59 et seq. Accordingly, the communities will be suspended on the effective date in the third column. As of that date, flood insurance will no longer be available in the community. However, some of these communities may adopt and submit the required documentation of legally enforceable floodplain management measures after this rule is published but prior to the actual suspension date. These communities will not be suspended and will continue their eligibility for the sale of insurance. A notice withdrawing the suspension of the communities will be published in the Federal Register.

In addition, FEMA has identified the Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs) in these communities by publishing a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM). The date of the FIRM, if one has been published, is indicated in the fourth column of the table. No direct Federal financial assistance (except assistance pursuant to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act not in connection with a flood) may legally be provided for construction or acquisition of buildings in identified SFHAs for communities not participating in the NFIP and identified for more than a year, on FEMA's initial flood insurance map of the community as having flood-prone areas (section 202(a) of the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973, 42 U.S.C. 4106(a), as amended). This prohibition against certain types of Federal assistance becomes effective for the communities listed on the date shown in the last column. The Administrator finds that notice and public comment under 5 U.S.C. 553(b) are impracticable and unnecessary because communities listed in this final rule have been adequately notified.

Each community receives 6-month, 90-day, and 30-day notification letters addressed to the Chief Executive Officer stating that the community will be suspended unless the required floodplain management measures are met prior to the effective suspension date. Since these notifications were made, this final rule may take effect within less than 30 days. National Environmental Policy Act. This rule is categorically excluded from the requirements of 44 CFR part 10, Environmental Considerations. No environmental impact assessment has been prepared.

Regulatory Flexibility Act. The Administrator has determined that this rule is exempt from the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act because the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4022, prohibits flood insurance coverage unless an appropriate public body adopts adequate floodplain management measures with effective enforcement measures. The communities listed no longer comply with the statutory requirements, and after the effective date, flood insurance will no longer be available in the communities unless remedial action takes place.

Regulatory Classification. This final rule is not a significant regulatory action under the criteria of section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866 of September 30, 1993, Regulatory Planning and Review, 58 FR 51735.

Executive Order 13132, Federalism. This rule involves no policies that have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132.

Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform. This rule meets the applicable standards of Executive Order 12988.

Paperwork Reduction Act. This rule does not involve any collection of information for purposes of the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.

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List of Subjects in 44 CFR Part 64.

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Accordingly,

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PART 64—[AMENDED]

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1. The authority citation for part 64 is revised to read as follows:

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Authority: 42 U.S.C. 4001 et seq.; Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1978, 3 CFR, 1978 Comp.; p. 329; E.O. 12127, 44 FR 19367, 3 CFR, 1979 Comp.; p. 376.

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The tables published under the authority of § 64.6 are amended as follows:

State and locationCommunity No.Effective date authorization/cancellation of sale of flood insurance in communityCurrent effective map dateDate certain Federal assistance no longer available in SFHAs
Region III
Virginia:
Fairfax, City of, Independent City515524May 8, 1970, Emerg; December 17, 1971, Reg; June 2, 2006, Susp06/02/0606/02/06
Region IV
North Carolina:
Bald Head Island, Village of, Brunswick County370442February 26, 1986, Emerg; May 15, 1986, Reg; June 2, 2006, Susp06/02/0606/02/06
Belville, Town of, Brunswick County370545September 15, 2004, Emerg; June 2, 2006, Reg; June 2, 2006, Susp06/02/0606/02/06
Boiling Spring Lake, City of, Brunswick County370453March 2, 1989, Emerg; March 2, 1989, Reg; June 2, 2006, Susp06/02/0606/02/06
Bolivia, Town of, Brunswick County370394May 19, 2005, Emerg; June 2, 2006, Reg; June 2, 2006, Susp06/02/0606/02/06
Bolton, Town of, Columbus County370295September 23, 1977, Emerg; July 1, 1987, Reg; June 2, 2006, Susp06/02/0606/02/06
Brunswick County, Unincorporated Areas370295July 7, 1975, Emerg; May 15, 1987, Reg; June 2, 2006, Susp06/02/0606/02/06
Calabash, Town of, Brunswick County370395June 9, 1986, Emerg; February 4, 1988, Reg; June 2, 2006, Susp06/02/0606/02/06
Carolina Shores, Town of, Brunswick County370517January 26, 1999, Emerg; January 26, 1999, Reg; June 2, 2006, Susp06/02/0606/02/06
Caswell Beach, Town of, Brunswick County370391May 6, 1976, Emerg; January 17, 1986, Reg; June 2, 2006, Susp06/02/0606/02/06
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Cerro Gordo, Town of, Columbus County370311October 10, 1975, Emerg; July 3, 1986, Reg; June 2, 2006, Susp06/02/0606/02/06
Chadbourn, Town of, Columbus County370065July 9, 1975, Emerg; September 30, 1987, Reg; June 2, 2006, Susp06/02/0606/02/06
Columbus County, Unincorporated Areas370305July 6, 1979, Emerg; June 3, 1991, Reg; June 2, 2006, Susp06/02/0606/02/06
Fair Bluff, Town of, Columbus County370067April 29, 1975, Emerg; June 1, 1987, Reg; June 2, 2006, Susp06/02/0606/02/06
Holden Beach, Town of, Brunswick County375352March 19, 1971, Emerg; May 26, 1972, Reg; June 2, 2006, Susp06/02/0606/02/06
Lake Waccamaw, Town of, Columbus County370069July 2, 1975, Emerg; June 3, 1986, Reg; June 2, 2006, Susp06/02/0606/02/06
Leland, Town of, Brunswick County370471October 19, 1992, Emerg; October 19, 1992, Reg; June 2, 2006, Susp06/02/0606/02/06
Navassa, Town of, Brunswick County370593May 19, 2005, Emerg; June 2, 2006, Reg; June 2, 2006, Susp06/02/0606/02/06
Northwest, City of, Brunswick County370513November 12, 1998, Emerg; November 12, 1998, Reg; June 2, 2006, Susp06/02/0606/02/06
Oak Island, Town of, Brunswick County370523July 1, 1999, Emerg; July 1, 1999, Reg; June 2, 2006, Susp06/02/0606/02/06
Shallotte, Town of, Brunswick County370388July 1, 1975, Emerg; January 3, 1986, Reg; June 2, 2006, Susp06/02/0606/02/06
Southport, City of, Brunswick County370028April 11, 1973, Emerg; April 15, 1977, Reg; June 2, 2006, Susp06/02/0606/02/06
St. James, Town of, Brunswick County370530June 27, 2000, Emerg; June 27, 2000, Reg; June 2, 2006, Susp06/02/0606/02/06
Sunset Beach, Town of, Brunswick County375359October 15, 1971, Emerg; November 17, 1972, Reg; June 2, 2006, Susp06/02/0606/02/06
Tabor City, Town of, Columbus County370070January 29, 1975, Emerg; July 17, 1986, Reg; June 2, 2006, Susp06/02/0606/02/06
Varnamtown, Town of, Brunswick County370648May 30, 2001, Emerg; May 30, 2001, Reg; June 2, 2006, Susp06/02/0606/02/06
Whiteville, City of, Columbus County370071September 3, 1974, Emerg; July 1, 1991, Reg; June 2, 2006, Susp06/02/0606/02/06
Code for reading third column: Emerg.—Emergency; Reg.—Regular; Susp.—Suspension.
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Dated: May 30, 2006.

Michael K. Buckley,

Deputy Director, Mitigation Division, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security.

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[FR Doc. E6-9051 Filed 6-9-06; 8:45 am]

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