United States Army Corps of Engineers, DoD.
Notice of proposed rulemaking and request for comments.
The Corps of Engineers is proposing to amend its regulations to establish a restricted area in the Menominee River, at the Marinette Marine Corporation Shipyard, Marinette, Wisconsin, to provide adequate protection for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS Freedom 1) during its construction. The regulations are necessary to provide adequate protection of the ship, its materials, equipment to be installed therein, and its crew, while it is located at the property of Marinette Marine Corporation.
Written comments must be submitted on or before May 21, 2008.
You may submit comments, identified by docket number COE-2007-0033, by any of the following methods:
Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the docket number, COE-2007-0033, in the subject line of the message.
Mail: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ATTN: CECW-CO (David B. Olson), 441 G Street, NW., Washington, DC 20314-1000.
Hand Delivery/Courier: Due to security requirements, we cannot receive comments by hand delivery or courier.
Instructions: Direct your comments to docket number COE-2007-0033. All comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available on-line at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the commenter indicates that the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI, or otherwise protected, through regulations.gov or e-mail. The regulations.gov Web site is an anonymous access system, which means we will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an e-mail directly to the Corps without going through regulations.gov, your e-mail address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, we recommend that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If we cannot read your comment because of technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, we may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic comments should avoid the use of any special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses.
Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov. All documents in the docket are listed. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, such as CBI or other Start Printed Page 21297information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, is not placed on the Internet and will be publicly available only in hard copy form.
Consideration will be given to all comments received within 30 days of the date of publication of this notice.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Mr. David Olson, Headquarters, Operations and Regulatory Community of Practice, Washington, DC at (202) 761-4922, or Mr. Jon K. Ahlness, Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, Regulatory Branch, at (651) 290-5381.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental 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 proposes to amend the restricted area regulations at 33 CFR part 334 by adding § 334.815 to establish a restricted area in the Menominee River, at the Marinette Marine Corporation Shipyard, Marinette, Wisconsin, to provide adequate protection for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS Freedom 1) during its construction. By correspondence dated July 27, 2006, Marinette Marine Corporation, on behalf of the Department of the Navy, requested that the Corps of Engineers establish this restricted area.
a. Review Under Executive Order 12866
This proposed 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 proposed rule has been reviewed under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (Pub. L. 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). Unless information is obtained to the contrary during the public notice comment period, the Corps expects that this restricted area would have practically no economic impact on the public, and no anticipated navigational hazard or interference with existing waterway traffic. This proposed rule, if adopted, will have no significant economic impact on small entities.
c. Review Under the National Environmental Policy Act
Due to the administrative nature of this action and because the intended change will only impact waters a distance of 100 feet from Marinette Marine Corporation's pier (an area of approximately 2.81 acres), the Corps expects that this regulation, if adopted, will not have a significant impact to the quality of the human environment and, therefore, preparation of an environmental impact statement will not be required. An environmental assessment will be prepared after the public notice period is closed and all comments have been received and considered. It may be reviewed at the District office listed at the end of the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT, above.
d. Unfunded Mandates Act
This proposed rule does not impose an enforceable duty among the private sector and, therefore, it is not a Federal private section mandate and it is not subject to the requirements of either Section 202 or Section 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.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 334End List of Subjects
For the reasons stated in the preamble, the Corps proposes to amend 33 CFR part 334, as follows:Start Part
PART 334—DANGER ZONE AND RESTRICTED AREA REGULATIONS
1. The authority citation for 33 CFR part 334 continues to read as follows:
2. Add § 334.815 to read as follows:
(a) The area. The waters 100 feet from Marinette Marine Corporation's pier defined by a rectangular shaped area on the south side of the river beginning on shore at the eastern property line of Marinette Marine Corporation at latitude 45°5′58.8″ N., longitude 087°36′56.0″ W.; thence northerly to latitude 45°5′59.7″ N., longitude 087°36′55.6″ W.; thence westerly to latitude 45°6′3.2″ N., longitude 087°37′9.6″ W.; thence southerly to latitude 45°6′2.2″ N., longitude 087°37′10.0″ W.; thence easterly along the Marinette Marine Corporation pier to the point of origin. The restricted area will be marked by a lighted and signed floating boat barrier.
(b) The regulation. All persons, swimmers, vessels and other craft, except those vessels under the supervision or contract to local military or Naval authority, vessels of the United States Coast Guard, and local or state law enforcement vessels, are prohibited from entering the restricted area without permission from the Supervisor of Shipbuilding, USN Marinette or his authorized representative.
(c) Enforcement. The regulation in this section, promulgated by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, shall be enforced by the Supervisor of Shipbuilding, United States Navy and/or such agencies or persons as he/she may designate.
Dated: April 14, 2008.
Michael G. Ensch,
Chief, Operations, Directorate of Civil Works.
[FR Doc. E8-8525 Filed 4-18-08; 8:45 am]
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