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Coast Guard, DHS.


Final rule.


The Coast Guard is revising the regulation for safety zones for annual fireworks displays in the Captain of the Port Zone Columbia River. This action is necessary to provide for the safety of life on navigable waters during the fireworks displays. This rule includes updating 3 existing safety zones, adding 1 safety zone for a fireworks display that was previously published as a temporary regulation, and removing 10 safety zones for inactive fireworks displays.


This rule is effective January 2, 2019.


To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to, type USCG-2018-0868 in the “SEARCH” box and click “SEARCH.” Click on Open Docket Folder on the line associated with this rule.

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If you have questions on this rule, call or email LCDR Dixon Whitley, Waterways Management Division, Marine Safety Unit Portland, Coast Guard; telephone 503-240-9319, email

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I. Table of Abbreviations

CFR Code of Federal Regulations

DHS Department of Homeland Security

FR Federal Register

NPRM Notice of proposed rulemaking

§ Section

U.S.C. United States Code

II. Background Information and Regulatory History

The Coast Guard is amending the regulation for safety zones for annual fireworks displays in the Captain of the Port Zone Columbia River, 33 CFR 165.1315. This rule is removing 10 safety zones for inactive fireworks displays, adding 1 safety zone for a new, recurring fireworks display for which we previously issued a temporary safety zone, and updating the date or location for 3 existing fireworks displays.

On September 28, 2018, the Coast Guard published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) titled, “Safety Zone; Annual Fireworks Displays within the Sector Columbia River Captain of the Port Zone” (83 FR 49028). There we stated why we issued the NPRM, and invited comments on our proposed regulatory action related to annual fireworks displays. During the comment period that ended October 29, 2018, we received four comments.

III. Legal Authority and Need for Rule

The Coast Guard is issuing this rule under authority in 33 U.S.C. 1231. The Captain of the Port Columbia River (COTP) has determined that potential hazards associated with the fireworks displays create hazardous conditions for the maritime public because of the large number of vessels near the displays, as well as the noise, falling debris, and explosions that occur during the event. Because firework discharge sites pose a potential hazard to the maritime public, these safety zones are necessary in order to restrict vessel movement and reduce vessel congregation in the proximity of the firework discharge sites. The purpose of this rule is to ensure safety of vessels and the navigable waters in the safety zone before, during, and after the scheduled events and provides the public accurate information regarding safety zones for annual fireworks displays in the Captain of the Port Zone Columbia River.

IV. Discussion of Comments, Changes, and the Rule

As noted above, we received four comments on our NPRM published September 28, 2018. The first comment suggested establishing new safety zones to replace the 10 inactive safety zones this rule is removing. There has been no indication from the sponsors of these events that they plan to continue them and our office has not received any additional information to warrant the addition of replacement safety zones. The second and third comments contained no suggested changes or recommendations. The fourth comment supported the creation of this rule. There are no changes in the regulatory text of this rule from the proposed rule in the NPRM.

The Coast Guard is removing 10 fireworks display safety zones in 33 CFR 165.1315 that are listed in Table 1 below because there has been no indication from the sponsors of these events that they plan to continue them.Start Printed Page 62260

Table 1—List of Safety Zone We Are Removing From 33 CFR 165.1315

Cinco de Mayo FireworksPortland, OROne day in May45°30′58″ N122°40′12″ W
Newport High School Graduation FireworksNewport, OROne day in June44°36′48″ N124°04′10″ W
Celebrate MilwaukieMilwaukie, OROne day in July45°26′33″ N122°38′44″ W
Arlington 4th of JulyArlington, OROne day in July45°43′23″ N120°12′11″ W
East County 4th of July FireworksGresham, OROne day in July45°33′32″ N122°27′10″ W
Rufus 4th of July FireworksRufus, OROne day in July45°41′39″ N120°45′16″ W
Maritime Heritage FestivalSt. Helens, OROne day in July45°51′54″ N122°47′26″ W
Lynch PicnicWest Linn, OROne day in July45°23′37″ N122°37′52″ W
First Friday MilwaukieMilwaukie, OROne day in September45°26′33″ N122°38′44″ W
Willamette Falls Heritage FestivalOregon City, OROne day in October45°21′44″ N122°36′21″ W

Additionally, the Coast Guard is adding a new fireworks display safety zone. We previously issued a temporary safety zone (83 FR 30869, July 2, 2018) for that event, and after conferring with the event sponsor, we determined it will become a recurring fireworks display. This safety zone will cover all navigable waters within a 450-yard radius of the fireworks barge in the Willamette River located at approximately 45°24′37″ N, 122°39′30″ W in the vicinity of George Rogers Park in Lake Oswego, OR. The following will be added to the table in 33 CFR 165.1315:

City of Lake Oswego 4th of July FireworksLake Oswego, OROne day in July45°24′37″ N122°39′30″ W

Finally, the Coast Guard is revising three existing fireworks display safety zones. These revisions include updating the date for 4th of July at Pekin Ferry to more precisely describe when the fireworks display will occur, correcting the wrong state listed for the Independence Day at the Port and updating the location for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Light the Night Fireworks.

These updates will eliminate any confusion caused by the fireworks display safety zones listed in the 33 CFR 165.1315 table and any subsequently issued temporary safety zones resulting from changes to the dates or locations of the events. The regulatory text appears at the end of this document.

V. Regulatory Analyses

We developed this rule after considering numerous statutes and Executive orders related to rulemaking. Below we summarize our analyses based on a number of these statutes and Executive orders, and we discuss First Amendment rights of protestors.

A. Regulatory Planning and Review

Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess the costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize net benefits. Executive Order 13771 directs agencies to control regulatory costs through a budgeting process. This rule has not been designated a “significant regulatory action,” under Executive Order 12866. Accordingly, this rule has not been reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and pursuant to OMB guidance it is exempt from the requirements of Executive Order 13771.

This regulatory action determination is based on size, location, duration, and time-of-day of the safety zone. Vessel traffic will be able to safely transit around these safety zones which will impact small designated areas of the Oregon coast, Tillamook Bay, the Columbia River and its tributaries, and the Clatskanie River for approximately 2 hours during the evening when commercial vessel traffic is normally low. Moreover, the Coast Guard will issue a Broadcast Notice to Mariners via VHF-FM marine channel 16 about the zones, and the rule allows vessels to seek permission to enter the zone.

B. Impact on Small Entities

The Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980, 5 U.S.C. 601-612, as amended, requires Federal agencies to consider the potential impact of regulations on small entities during rulemaking. 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 received no comments from the Small Business Administration on this rulemaking. 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.

While some owners or operators of vessels intending to transit the safety zones may be small entities, for the reasons stated in section V.A above, this rule will not have a significant economic impact on any vessel owner or operator.

Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-121), we want to assist small entities in understanding this rule. If the rule would affect your small business, organization, or governmental jurisdiction and you have questions concerning its provisions or options for compliance, please contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section.

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.

C. Collection of Information

This rule will not call for a new collection of information under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520).

D. Federalism and Indian Tribal Governments

A rule has implications for federalism under Executive Order 13132, Federalism, if it has a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the Start Printed Page 62261various levels of government. We have analyzed this rule under that Order and have determined that it is consistent with the fundamental federalism principles and preemption requirements described in Executive Order13132.

Also, 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. If you believe this rule has implications for federalism or Indian tribes, please contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section.

E. 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 (adjusted for inflation) 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.

F. Environment

We have analyzed this rule under Department of Homeland Security Directive 023-01 and Commandant Instruction M16475.1D, which guide the Coast Guard in complying with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321-4370f), and have determined that this action is one of a category of actions that do not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment. This rule involves safety zones lasting less approximately two hours in duration that will prohibit entry within 450 yards of fireworks launch sites. It is categorically excluded from further review under paragraph L60(a) of Appendix A, Table 1 of DHS Instruction Manual 023-01-001-01, Rev. 01. A Record of Environmental Consideration supporting this determination is available in the docket where indicated under ADDRESSES.

G. Protest Activities

The Coast Guard respects the First Amendment rights of protesters. Protesters are asked to contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section to coordinate protest activities so that your message can be received without jeopardizing the safety or security of people, places or vessels.

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List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165

  • Harbors
  • Marine safety
  • Navigation (water)
  • Reporting and recordkeeping requirements
  • Security measures
  • Waterways
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For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 33 CFR part 165 as follows:

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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. 1231; 50 U.S.C. 191; 33 CFR 1.05-1, 6.04-1, 6.04-6, and 160.5; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1.

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2. In § 165.1315, revise paragraph (a) to read as follows:

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Safety Zone; Annual Fireworks Displays within the Sector Columbia River Captain of the Port Zone.

(a) Safety zones. The following areas are designated safety zones: Waters of the Columbia River and its tributaries, waters of the Siuslaw River, Yaquina River, Umpqua River, Clatskanie River, Tillamook Bay and waters of the Washington and Oregon Coasts, within a 450 yard radius of the launch site at the approximate locations listed in the following table:

Event name (typically)Event locationDate of eventLatitudeLongitude
Portland Rose Festival FireworksPortland, OROne day in May or June45°30′58″ N122°40′12″ W
Tri-City Chamber of Commerce Fireworks/River of Fire FestivalKennewick, WAOne day in July46°13′37″ N119°08′47″ W
Astoria-Warrenton 4th of July FireworksAstoria, OROne day in July46°11′34″ N123°49′28″ W
Waterfront Blues Festival FireworksPortland, OROne day in July45°30′42″ N122°40′14″ W
Florence Independence Day CelebrationFlorence, OROne day in July43°58′09″ N124°05′50″ W
Oaks Park Association 4th of JulyPortland, OROne day in July45°28′22″ N122°39′59″ W
City of Rainier/Rainier DaysRainier, OROne day in July46°05′46″ N122°56′18″ W
Ilwaco July 4th Committee Fireworks/Independence Day at the PortIlwaco, WAOne day in July46°18′17″ N124°02′00″ W
Splash Aberdeen Waterfront FestivalAberdeen, WAOne day in July46°58′40″ N123°47′45″ W
City of Coos Bay July 4th Celebration/Fireworks Over the BayCoos Bay, OROne day in July43°22′06″ N124°12′24″ W
Port of Cascade Locks 4th of July FireworksCascade Locks, OROne day in July45°40′15″ N121°53′43″ W
Clatskanie Heritage Days FireworksClatskanie, OROne day in July46°6′17″ N123°12′02″ W
Washougal 4th of JulyWashougal, WAOne day in July45°34′32″ N122°22′53″ W
City of St. Helens 4th of July FireworksSt. Helens, OROne day in July45°51′54″ N122°47′26″ W
Waverly Country Club 4th of July FireworksMilwaukie, OROne day in July45°27′03″ N122°39′18″ W
Hood River 4th of JulyHood River, OROne day in July45°42′58″ N121°30′32″ W
Winchester Bay 4th of July FireworksWinchester Bay, OROne day in July43°40′56″ N124°11′13″ W
Brookings, OR July 4th FireworksBrookings, OROne day in July42°02′39″ N124°16′14″ W
Yachats 4th of JulyYachats, OROne day in July44°18′38″ N124°06′27″ W
Lincoln City 4th of JulyLincoln City, OROne day in July44°55′28″ N124°01′31″ W
July 4th Party at the Port of Gold BeachGold Beach, OROne day in July42°25′30″ N124°25′03″ W
Gardiner 4th of JulyGardiner, OROne day in July43°43′55″ N124°06′48″ W
Huntington 4th of JulyHuntington, OROne day in July44°18′02″ N117°13′33″ W
Toledo Summer FestivalToledo, OROne day in July44°37′08″ N123°56′24″ W
Port Orford 4th of JulyPort Orford, OROne day in July42°44′31″ N124°29′30″ W
The Dalles Area Fourth of JulyThe Dalles, OROne day in July45°36′18″ N121°10′23″ W
Roseburg Hometown 4th of JulyRoseburg, OROne day in July43°12′58″ N123°22′10″ W
Newport 4th of JulyNewport, OROne day in July44°37′40″ N124°02′45″ W
Cedco Inc./The Mill Casino Independence DayNorth Bend, OROne day in July43°23′42″ N124°12′55″ W
Waldport 4th of JulyWaldport, OROne day in July44°25′31″ N124°04′44″ W
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Westport 4th of JulyWestport, WAOne day in July46°54′17″ N124°05′59″ W
The 4th of July at Pekin FerryRidgefield, WASaturday before July 4th45°52′07″ N122°43′53″ W
Bandon 4th of JulyBandon, OROne day in July43°07′29″ N124°25′05″ W
Garibaldi Days FireworksGaribaldi, OROne day in July45°33′13″ N123°54′56″ W
Bald Eagle DaysCathlamet, WAOne day in July46°12′14″ N123°23′17″ W
Independence Day at the Fort VancouverVancouver, WAOne day in July45°36′57″ N122°40′09″ W
Oregon Symphony Concert FireworksPortland, OROne day in August or September45°30′42″ N122°40′14″ W
Astoria RegattaAstoria, OROne day in August46°11′34″ N123°49′28″ W
Leukemia and Lymphoma Light the Night FireworksPortland, OROne day in October45°30′23″ N122°40′4″ W
Veterans Day CelebrationThe Dalles, OROne day in November45°36′18″ N121°10′34″ W
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Dated: November 27, 2018.

D.F. Berliner,

Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Acting Captain of the Port Columbia River.

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[FR Doc. 2018-26151 Filed 11-30-18; 8:45 am]