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Disestablishment of Restricted Area for Pascagoula Naval Station, Pascagoula, MS

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD.


Direct final rule.


The U.S. Navy (USN) requested that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) disestablish the restricted area at the former Naval Station Pascagoula in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The restricted area was established on November 9, 1992. The purpose of the restricted area was to reduce safety hazards and security risks and protect persons and property from dangers encountered in the area. As a result of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Act, the Naval Station was closed on June 1, 2007, and the property transferred to the State of Mississippi.


This rule is effective October 26, 2009 without further notice, unless the Corps receives adverse comment by September 28, 2009. If we receive such adverse comment, we will publish a timely withdrawal in the Federal Register informing the public that this rule will not take effect.


You may submit comments, identified by docket number COE-2009-0036, by any of the following methods:

Federal eRulemaking Portal: Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

E-mail: Include the docket number COE-2009-0036 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.

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Mr. David Olson, Headquarters, Operations and Regulatory Community of Practice, Washington, DC at 202-761-4922 or Mr. John B. McFadyen, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District, at 251-690-3222.

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By letter dated June 25, 2009, the Director, USN Base Realignment and Closure Program Management Office Southeast requested the removal of the restricted area at USN Station Pascagoula. The request was made because the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Act closed the installation and subsequently transferred the property to the State of Mississippi on June 1, 2007. In response to this request by the USN, and 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 is amending the regulations in 33 CFR part 334 by disestablishing the restricted area.

The Corps is publishing this rule without prior proposal because we view this as a non-controversial amendment and anticipate no adverse comment. The Corps regulations governing restricted areas state that notice of proposed rulemaking and public procedures are not needed before publishing a final rule revoking a restricted area regulation (see 33 CFR 334.5(b)).

In the “Proposed Rules” section of today's Federal Register, we are publishing a separate document that will serve as the proposal to disestablish this restricted area if adverse comments are filed. This rule will be effective on October 26, 2009 without further notice unless we receive adverse comment by September 28, 2009 . If we receive adverse comment, we will publish a timely withdrawal in the Federal Register informing the public that the direct final rule will not take effect. We will address all public comments in a subsequent final rule based on the proposed rule. We will not institute a second comment period on this action. Any parties interested in commenting must do so at this time.

Procedural Requirements

a. Review Under Executive Order 12866. This rule is issued with respect to a military function of the Defense Department and the provisions of Executive Order 12866 do not apply.

b. Review Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act. This 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). The Corps has determined that the removal of this restricted area and the addition of the new restricted area would have practically no economic impact on the public, or result in no anticipated navigational hazard or interference with existing waterway traffic. This will have no significant economic impact on small entities.

c. Review Under the National Environmental Policy Act. The Corps expects that the final rule 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 has been prepared and it may be reviewed at the District office listed at the end of the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT, above. If we receive adverse comment, Start Printed Page 43640an environmental assessment will be prepared for the subsequent final rule.

d. Unfunded Mandates Act . The final rule does not impose an enforceable duty among the private sector and, therefore, are not a Federal private sector mandate and are not subject to the requirements of Section 202 or 205 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (Pub. L. 104-4, 109 Stat. 48, 2 U.S.C. 1501 et seq.). We have also found under Section 203 of the Act, that small governments will not be significantly or uniquely affected by this rulemaking.

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List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 334

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For the reasons set out in the preamble, the Corps amends

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1. The authority citation for

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Authority: 40 Stat. 266 (33 U.S.C. 1) and 40 Stat. 892 (33 U.S.C. 3).

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2. Remove § 334.786.

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Dated: August 14, 2009.

Michael G. Ensch,

Chief, Operations, Directorate of Civil Works.

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[FR Doc. E9-20295 Filed 8-26-09; 8:45 am]