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Amendment of Restricted Areas R-4102A and R-4102B; Fort Devens, MA

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AGENCY:

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

This action updates the using agency information for restricted areas R-4102A and R-4102B, Fort Devens, MA. This is an administrative change to reflect the current organization tasked with using agency responsibilities for the restricted areas. It does not affect the boundaries, designated altitudes, time of designation or activities conducted within the restricted areas.

DATES:

Effective date: 0901 UTC, June 22, 2017.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Paul Gallant, Airspace Policy Group, Office of Airspace Services, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267-8783.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Authority for This Rulemaking

The FAA's authority to issue rules regarding aviation safety is found in Title 49 of the United States Code. Subtitle I, Section 106 describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the agency's authority.

This rulemaking is promulgated under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart I, Section 40103. Under that section, the FAA is charged with prescribing regulations to assign the use of the airspace necessary to ensure the safety of aircraft and the efficient use of airspace. This regulation is within the scope of that authority as it updates the using agency for restricted areas R-4102A and R-4102B, Fort Devens, MA, to reflect the current organization responsible for the restricted areas.Start Printed Page 19189

The Rule

This rule amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 73 by updating the using agency name for restricted areas R-4102A and R-4102B, Fort Devens, MA, by removing the words “Chief, Reserve Component Division, Devens Reserve Forces Training Area, Ayer, MA,” and adding the words “Commander, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Devens, MA.” The name change reflects the current organization assigned using agency responsibilities for the restricted areas. This is an administrative change that does not affect the boundaries, designated altitudes, or activities conducted within the restricted areas; therefore, notice and public procedure under 5 U.S.C. 553(b) are unnecessary.

Regulatory Notices and Analyses

The FAA has determined that this action only involves an established body of technical regulations for which frequent and routine amendments are necessary to keep them operationally current. It, therefore: (1) Is not a “significant regulatory action” under Executive Order 12866; (2) is not a “significant rule” under DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034; February 26, 1979); and (3) does not warrant preparation of a regulatory evaluation as the anticipated impact is so minimal. Since this is a routine matter that only affects air traffic procedures and air navigation, it is certified that this rule, when promulgated, does not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

Environmental Review

The FAA has determined that this action of updating the using agency information for restricted areas R-4102A and R-4102B, Fort Devens, MA qualifies for categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1F, Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures, paragraph 5-6.5.d, “Modification of the technical description of special use airspace (SUA) that does not alter the dimensions, altitudes, or times of designation of the airspace (such as changes in designation of the controlling or using agency, or correction of typographical errors).” This airspace action is an administrative change to the description of restricted areas R-4102A and R-4102B to update the using agency name. It does not alter the dimensions, altitudes, time of designation, or use of the airspace. Therefore, this airspace action is not expected to result in any significant environmental impacts. In accordance with FAA Order 1050.1F, paragraph 5-2 regarding Extraordinary Circumstances, this action has been reviewed for factors and circumstances in which a normally categorically excluded action may have a significant environmental impact requiring further analysis, and it is determined that no extraordinary circumstances exist that warrant preparation of an environmental assessment.

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List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 73

  • Airspace
  • Prohibited areas
  • Restricted areas
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Adoption of the Amendment

In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration amends 14 CFR part 73, as follows:

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PART 73—SPECIAL USE AIRSPACE

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1. The authority citation for part 73 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(f), 106(g); 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959-1963 Comp., p. 389.

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2. Section 73.41 is amended as follows:

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R-4102A Fort Devens, MA [Amended]

By removing the words “Using agency. Chief, Reserve Component Division, Devens Reserve Forces Training Area, Ayer, MA,” and adding in their place the words “Using agency. Commander, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Devens, MA.”

R-4102B Fort Devens, MA [Amended]

By removing the words “Using agency. Chief, Reserve Component Division, Devens Reserve Forces Training Area, Ayer, MA,” and adding in their place the words “Using agency. Commander, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Devens, MA.”

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Issued in Washington, DC, on April 19, 2017.

Rodger A. Dean, Jr.,

Manager, Airspace Policy Group.

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[FR Doc. 2017-08365 Filed 4-25-17; 8:45 am]

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