Coast Guard, DHS.
Temporary final rule.
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone in the Corpus Christi, Texas for North American Tri-Hull Championship scheduled to take place during the Texas International Boat Show. The North American Tri-Hull Championship will consist of a series of power boat races for approximately 8-12 vessels that are 18-feet long. The temporary safety zone is necessary for the safety of race participants, spectators and the general public.
The rule is effective from 7 a.m. April 8, 2011 until 8 p.m. April 10, 2011.
Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket are part of docket USCG-2011-0140 and are available online by going to http://www.regulations.gov, inserting USCG-2011-0140 in the “Keyword” box, and then clicking “Search.” They are also available for inspection or copying at 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.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
If you have questions on this temporary rule, call or e-mail LT Wes Geyer, Sector Corpus Christi Waterways Management Division, Coast Guard; telephone 361-888-3162, e-mail Wes.M.Geyer@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental 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 the dates of the event were changed to an earlier date to eliminate the conflict with a sailing regatta that would have presented a safety issue for participants in both events.
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. Due to the need for immediate action the restriction of vessel traffic and spectator craft is necessary to protect life, property and the environment; therefore, a 30-day notice is impracticable. Delaying the effective date would be contrary to the safety zone's intended objectives of protecting participants and spectators from the known dangers associated with power boat races.
Basis and Purpose
This safety zone is necessary to ensure the safety of the public and boating traffic in the Corpus Christi Marina area during this event. This safety zone is intended to restrict vessel traffic from a portion of the Corpus Christi Marina for short durations of time. The size of the zone was determined by natural barriers on all four sides of the race course and local knowledge about wind, waves, and currents in this particular area.
Discussion of Rule
This safety zone will encompass all waters of the Corpus Christi Marina contained between the People's Street T-Head on the west, the breakwater on the east, the southern boundary running from the southernmost tip of the People's Street T-Head (approx 27N 47′43.4″, −97W 23′16″) along a line running due east to the breakwater (approx 27N 47′43.8″, −97W 23′5.2″), and the northern boundary line running from the northern most tip of the secondary breakwater (approx 27N 47′57″, −97W 23′21.7″) and the end of the primary breakwater (approx 27N 47′59.1″, −97 23′9.5″).
Potential users of the waters contained in the temporary safety zone will be notified by VHF-FM radio from the Patrol Commander and also from a designated representative of the Captain of the Port over the race committee's loud hailer speaker system when the Start Printed Page 18392safety zone will be implemented for the 15 minutes before each race or race heat. The same methods of notification will be used to make notifications of the subsequent re-opening of the waters contained in the safety zone approximately 15 minutes following the conclusion of each race or race heat when the power boats have departed the race course.
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. It is not significant under the regulatory policies and procedures of the Department of Homeland Security.
We expect the economic impact of this rule to be so minimal that a full Regulatory Evaluation under the regulatory policies and procedures of DHS is unnecessary.
This determination is based upon the size and location of the safety zone within the waterway. Vessels will only be restricted from the safety zone for a short period of time for each race heat. Vessels may transit through the safety zone with permission from the Captain of the Port Corpus Christi or his designated on-scene patrol commander between each race heat.
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 will affect the following entities, some of which may be small entities: The owners or operators of vessels intending to transit or anchor in the Corpus Christi Marina within the safety zone.
This safety zone will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities for the following reasons: This rule will only be in effect for 45-60 minutes at a time. Vessel traffic may enter or transit through the safety zone with the permission of the Captain of the Port Corpus Christi or his designated on-scene representative. Before the effective period, we will issue maritime advisories and ensure they are widely available to users of the Corpus Christi marina.
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.
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.
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.
The National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA) (15 U.S.C. 272 note) directs agencies to use Start Printed Page 18393voluntary 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 Department of Homeland Security Management Directive 023-01 and Commandant Instruction M16475.lD, 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 this action is one of a category of actions which do not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment. This rule is categorically excluded, under figure 2-1, paragraph (34)(g), of the Instruction. This rule involves establishing a temporary safety zone in the Marina of Corpus Christi, Texas.
An environmental analysis checklist and a categorical exclusion determination are available in the docket where indicated under ADDRESSES.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165
- Marine safety
- Navigation (water)
- Reporting and recordkeeping requirements
- Security measures
For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 33 CFR part 165 as follows:Start Part
PART 165—REGULATED NAVIGATION AREAS AND LIMITED ACCESS AREASEnd Part Start Amendment Part
1. The authority citation for part 165 continues to read as follows:End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
2. Add temporary § 165.T08-0140 to read as follows:End Amendment Part
(a) Regulated area. The following regulated area is a safety zone. All waters of the Corpus Christi Marina contained between the People's Street T-Head on the west, the primary breakwater on the east, the southern boundary running from the southernmost tip of the People's Street T-Head (approx 27N 47′43.4″, −97W 23′16″) along a line running due east to the breakwater (approx 27N 47′43.8″, −97W 23′5.2″), and the northern boundary line running from the northern most tip of the secondary breakwater (approx 27N 47′57″, −97W 23′21.7″) and the end of the primary breakwater (approx 27N 47′59.1″, −97 23′9.5″).
(b) Definition. The term “designated representative” means Coast Guard Patrol Commanders, including Coast Guard coxswains, petty officers, and other officers operating Coast Guard vessels, and Federal, State, and local officers designated by or assisting the Captain of the Port Corpus Christi in the enforcement of the regulated area.
(c) Regulations. (1) All persons and vessels are prohibited from entering, transiting through, anchoring in, or remaining within the regulated area unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Corpus Christi or a designated representative.
(2) Persons and vessels desiring to enter, transit through, anchor in, or remain within the regulated area may contact the Captain of the Port Corpus Christi via telephone at 361-939-6393, or a designated representative via VHF radio on channel 16, to seek permission. If permission to enter, transit through, anchor in, or remain within the regulated area is granted by the Captain of the Port Corpus Christi or a designated representative, all persons and vessels receiving such permission must comply with the instructions of the Captain of the Port Corpus Christi or a designated representative.
(3) The Coast Guard will provide notice of the regulated area via local notice to mariners, marine safety information bulletins, broadcast notice to mariners, and by on-scene designated representatives.
(d) Enforcement period. The rule is effective from April 8, 2011 until April 10, 2011. The rule will be enforced daily between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. for the period of 15 minutes before each race or race heat starts to a period of 15 minutes following the conclusion of each race or race heat. Potential users of the waters contained in the safety zone will be notified by VHF-FM radio from the Patrol Commander and also from a designated representative of the Captain of the Port over the race committee's loud hailer speaker system when the safety zone will be implemented for the 15 minutes before each race or race heat. The same methods of notification will be used to make notifications of the subsequent re-opening of the waters contained in the safety zone approximately 15 minutes following the conclusion of each race or race heat when the power boats have departed the race course.
Dated: March 2, 2011.
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Alternate Captain of the Port Corpus Christi.
[FR Doc. 2011-7876 Filed 4-1-11; 8:45 am]
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