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Safety Zone; New River, Jacksonville, NC

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Coast Guard, DHS.


Temporary final rule.


The Coast Guard will establish a safety zone on the navigable waters of the New River near Camp Lejeune during a military exercise being conducted by the United States Marine Corps.


This rule is effective from 6 a.m. through 4 p.m. on June 23, 2008 and from 6 a.m. through 4 p.m. on June 24, 2008.


Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket are part of docket USCG-2008-Start Printed Page 341960427 and are available online at They are also available for inspection or copying two locations: The Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays, and at USCG SECTOR North Carolina, 2301 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

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If you have questions on this temporary rule, call Lieutenant Bryan Wick, United States Coast Guard Sector North Carolina, Enforcement Division at (252) 247-4537 or (252) 247-4537. If you have questions on viewing the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826.

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Regulatory Information

The Coast Guard is issuing this temporary final rule without prior notice and opportunity to comment pursuant to authority under section 4(a) of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 553(b)). This provision authorizes an agency to issue a rule without prior notice and opportunity to comment when the agency for good cause finds that those procedures are “impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest.” Under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for not publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) with respect to this rule because immediate action was necessary to ensure the safety of the participants of the military exercise and the safety of recreational and commercial boaters in the area. Since large military barges will be moving people and equipment across the river, the potential for a collision with a recreational or commercial boat exists and it will be in the public's interest to have this regulation in effect during the military exercise. The Coast Guard will issue a broadcast notice to mariners to advise vessel operators of navigational restrictions. 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.

Background and Purpose

The United States Marine Corps will be conducting a military exercise on the New River along the shores of Camp Lejeune to exercise moving personnel and equipment across the river. The safety zone will establish an area on the water to protect the participants of the military exercise and to protect any recreational or commercial boaters transiting the area.

Discussion of Rule

The Coast Guard's safety zone will prohibit persons or vessels from entering into, transiting through, or anchoring during the days this safety zone is in effect. The entry into this safety zone will be permitted when specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port or designated representative of the Captain of the Port. The purpose of this safety zone is to prevent any collisions between military vessels and recreation or commercial vessels while the military is conducting an exercise.

Regulatory Analyses

We developed this rule after considering numerous statutes and executive orders related to rulemaking. Below we summarize our analyses based on 13 of these statutes or executive orders.

Regulatory Planning and Review

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.

Although this regulation will limit 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 of time, (ii) the Coast Guard will make notifications via maritime advisories so mariners can adjust their plans accordingly, and (iii) vessels will be allowed to transit through the safety zone when authorized by the on scene Coast Guard vessels.

Small Entities

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.

The Coast Guard certifies under 5 U.S.C. 605(b) that this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities because the safety zone will only be in place for a limited duration of time, maritime advisories will be issued in advance to allow the public to adjust their plans accordingly, and vessel will be allowed to transit the safety zone with approval from the on scene Coast Guard vessels.

Assistance for Small Entities

Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 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.

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). The Coast Guard will not retaliate against small entities that question or complain about this rule or any policy or action of the Coast Guard.

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 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. Though this rule will not result in such an expenditure, we do discuss the effects of this rule elsewhere in this preamble. Start Printed Page 34197

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 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.

Energy Effects

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.

Technical Standards

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 and Department of Homeland Security Management Directive 5100.1, which guide 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. A final environmental analysis checklist and a final categorical exclusion determination are available in the docket where indicated under ADDRESSES.

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List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165

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For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends

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1. The authority citation for part 165 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1226, 1231; 46 U.S.C. Chapter 701; 50 U.S.C. 191, 195; 33 CFR 1.05-1, 6.04-1, 6.04-6, and 160.5; Pub. L. 107-295, 116 Stat. 2064; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1.

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2. A temporary § 165.T05-0427 is added to read as follows: Section 165.T05-0427 Safety Zone: On the waters of the New River, Jacksonville, North Carolina.

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(a) Location: The following area is a safety zone: All waters of the New River, Jacksonville, North Carolina, located along the shore of USMC Camp Lejuene from the position of latitude 34°39′49″ N, longitude 077°23′55″ N labeled Town Pt on the chart to latitude 34°38′09″ N, longitude 077°20′22″ N labeled Weil Pt on the chart. All coordinates reference Datum NAD 1983.

(b) Definitions: Captain of the Port Representative is any Coast Guard commissioned, warrant, or petty officer who has been authorized to act on the Captain of the Port's behalf.

(c) Regulations: (1) In accordance with the general regulations in section 165.23 of this part, entry into this zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port or a Captain of the Port Representative. All vessel movement within the safety zone is prohibited except as specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port or a Captain of the Port Representative. The general requirements of section 165.23 also apply to this regulation.

(2) Persons or vessels requiring entry into or passage through any portion of the safety zone must first request authorization from the Captain of the Port, or authorized representative, unless the Captain of the Port previously announced via Marine Safety Radio Broadcast on VHF Marine Band Radio channel 22 (157.1 MHz) that this regulation will not be enforced in that portion of the safety zone. The Captain of the Port can be contacted at telephone number (252) 247-4570 or (252) 247-4546, or by radio on VHF Marine Band Radio, channels 13 and 16.

(d) The Captain of the Port will notify the public of changes in the status of this zone by Marine Safety Radio Broadcast on VHF Marine Band Radio, Channel 22 (157.1 MHz).

(e) Enforcement period: This rule is effective from 6 a.m. (est) to 4 p.m. (est) on Monday, June 23, 2008 and from 6 a.m. (est) to 4 p.m. (est) on Tuesday, June 24, 2008.

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J.E. Ryan,

Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port Sector North Carolina.

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[FR Doc. E8-13551 Filed 6-16-08; 8:45 am]