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Safety Zone; Maine; Sector Northern New England August Swim Events.

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AGENCY:

Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION:

Temporary final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Coast Guard is establishing temporary safety zones during the month of August around the “Sprucewold Cabbage Island Swim,” “Tri for a Cure Triathlon,” “Greater Burlington YMCA Lake Swim,” “Y-Tri Triathlon,” and “Rockland Breakwater Swim” marine events while the events are in progress. These safety zones are needed to protect swimmers, event sponsors' safety vessels, and others in the maritime community from the safety hazards that may arise from events of Start Printed Page 43869this type. Entry into these safety zones is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Sector Northern New England.

DATES:

This rule is effective from August 9 through August 23, 2008.

ADDRESSES:

Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket are part of docket USCG-2008-0695 and are available online at www.regulations.gov. 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 U.S. Coast Guard Sector Northern New England, 259 High Street, South Portland, ME 04106 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

If you have questions on this temporary rule, call LT Jarrett Bleacher, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Northern New England, Waterways Management Division, at (207) 741-5421. If you have questions on viewing the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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. The logistics of these events were not provided to the Coast Guard with sufficient time to publish a NPRM and still ensure that this temporary final rule would be effective by August 9, 2008, the start of the events. These safety zones are needed to protect the event participants and maritime public by ensuring that large numbers of swimmers remain separate and safe from vessel traffic.

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. Immediately implementing this rule promotes the public interest by protecting the maritime public and participants.

Background and Purpose

The “Greater Burlington YMCA Lake Swim,” “Tri for a Cure,” “Y-Tri Triathlon Swim,” “Sprucewold Cabbage Island Swim,” and “Rockland Breakwater Swim” are annual marine swimming events held in the month of August. This rule creates safety zones from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT on August 9, 2008 for 33 CFR 165.T01-0695(a) (“Greater Burlington YMCA Lake Swim”), 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. EDT on August 9, 2008 for 33 CFR 165.T01-0695(b) (“Tri for a Cure”), 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. EDT on August 9, 2008 for 33 CFR 165.T01-0695(c) (“Y-Tri Triathlon”), 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. EDT on August 9, 2008 for 33 CFR 165.T01-0695(d) (“Sprucewold Cabbage Island Swim”), and 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on August 23, 2008 for 33 CFR 165.T01-0695(e) (“Rockland Breakwater Swim”).

Discussion of Rule

This rule establishes fixed safety zones for each of these events in the locations and at the times listed in the regulatory text. During the effective period of the safety zones, vessel traffic will be prohibited from entering the affected locations during the marine events, unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port Sector Northern New England. These safety zones are needed to safeguard the maritime public and the participants from the hazards associated with this type of large scale swimming event.

The Captain of the Port anticipates negligible negative impact on vessel traffic from these temporary safety zones as they will be in effect only for a short duration. The zones are not expected to affect commercial vessels transiting in or out of the port. The zones around the events will only be enforced while the participants are in the water. The enhanced safety to life and property provided by this rule greatly outweighs any potential negative impacts. Public notifications will be made during the entire effective period of these safety zones via marine information broadcasts.

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.

The Coast Guard expects the economic impact of this rule to be so minimal that a full regulatory evaluation is unnecessary. The effect of this rule will not be significant for the following reasons: the safety zones will be of limited duration; the events are designed to avoid, as much as practicable, deep draft, fishing, and recreational boating traffic routes; vessels may be authorized to transit the zone with permission of the COTP; and, advance notice of the zones will be provided via marine broadcast.

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.

This rule may affect the following entities, some of which may be small entities: The owners or operators of vessels intending to transit the safety zones. However, this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities due to the minimal time that vessels will be restricted from the areas, the ample space available for vessels to maneuver and navigate around the zones, and advance notifications will be made to the local community by marine information broadcasts.

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 Start Printed Page 43870Regulatory 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).

Federalism

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.

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.

Environment

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, under the Instruction, 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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PART 165—REGULATED NAVIGATION AREAS AND LIMITED ACCESS AREAS

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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. 701, 3306, 3703; 50 U.S.C. 191, 195; 33 CFR 1.05-1(g), 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. Add temporary § 165.T01-0695 to read as follows:

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Safety Zone; Maine; Sector Northern New England August Swim Events.

(a) The following area is a fixed safety zone for the “Greater Burlington YMCA Lake Swim”:

(1) Location. All waters in Lake Champlain in the vicinity of North Hero Island enclosed by an area from shore to shore starting at latitude 44°46′55″N, longitude 73°22′14″W; thence to latitude 44°47′08″N, longitude 73°19′05″W; from latitude 44°46′48″N, longitude 73°17′13″W; thence to latitude 44°46′09″N, longitude 73°16′39″W; and from latitude 44°41′08″N, longitude 73°20′58″W thence to latitude 44°41′36″N, longitude 73°23′01″W.

(2) Effective Date. This rule will be enforced from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on August 9, 2008.

(b) The following area is a fixed safety zone for the “Tri for a Cure Triathlon”:

(1) Location. All waters in the vicinity of Spring Point in Portland Harbor, Maine enclosed by a box starting at latitude 43°39′05″N, longitude 70°13′42″W; thence to latitude 43°39′08″N, longitude 70°13′39″W; thence to latitude 43°39′07″N, longitude 70°13′27″W thence to the point of beginning.

(2) Effective Date. This rule will be enforced from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on August 9, 2008.

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(1) Location. All waters in the vicinity of Point Au Roche State Park in Plattsburgh, New York, enclosed by a box starting at latitude 44°46′30″N, longitude 73°23′26″W; thence to latitude 44°46′17″N, longitude 73°23′26″W; thence to latitude 44°46′17″N, longitude 73°23′46″W; thence to latitude 44°46′29″N, longitude 73°23′46″W; thence to the point of beginning.

(2) Effective Date. This rule will be enforced from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on August 9, 2008.

(d) The following area is a fixed safety zone for the “Sprucewold Cabbage Island Swim”:

(1) Location. All waters in the vicinity of Linekin Bay between Cabbage Island and Sprucewold Beach in Boothbay Harbor, Maine enclosed by a box starting at latitude 43°50′37″N, longitude 69°36′23″W; thence to latitude 43°50′37″N, longitude 69°36′59″W; thence to latitude 43°50′16″N, longitude 69°36′46″W; thence to latitude 43°50′22″N, longitude 69°36′21″W; thence to the point of beginning.

(2) Effective Date. This rule will be enforced from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on August 9, 2008.

(e) The following area is a fixed safety zone for the “Rockland Breakwater Swim”:

(1) Location. All waters in the vicinity of Rockland Breakwater in Rockland Harbor, Maine enclosed by a box starting at latitude 44°06′16″N, longitude 69°04′39″W; thence to latitude 44°06′14″N, longitude 69°04′36″W; thence to latitude 44°06′13″N, longitude 69°04′41″W; thence to latitude 44°06′16″N, longitude 69°04′42″W; thence to latitude 44°06′16″N, longitude 69°04′40″W.

(2) Effective Date. This rule will be enforced from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on August 23, 2008.

(f) Definition: As used in this section, designated representative means any Coast Guard commissioned, warrant, or petty officer, or any federal, state, or local law enforcement officer authorized to enforce this regulation on behalf of the Coast Guard Captain of the Port(COTP).

(g) Regulations. (1) In accordance with the general regulations in 165.23 of this part, entry into or movement within this zone by any person or vessel is prohibited unless authorized by the COTP Sector Northern New England or the COTP's designated representative.

(2) Vessel operators desiring to enter or operate within the safety zones may contact the COTP or the COTP's designated representative for permission at telephone number 207-767-0303, on VHF Channel 13 (156.7 MHz), or VHF channel 16 (156.8 MHz). If permission is granted, all persons and vessels must comply with the instructions provided by the COTP or the COTP's designated representative.

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Dated: July 16, 2008.

J.B. McPherson,

Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port, Sector Northern New England.

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[FR Doc. E8-17292 Filed 7-28-08; 8:45 am]

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