Safety Zone for Fireworks Displays; Patapsco River, Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD

 
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Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 135 (Monday, July 15, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 135 (Monday, July 15, 2019)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 33713-33715]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-14981]
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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
Coast Guard
33 CFR Part 165
[Docket Number USCG-2019-0571]
RIN 1625-AA00
Safety Zone for Fireworks Displays; Patapsco River, Inner Harbor,
Baltimore, MD
AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.
ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking.
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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is proposing to establish a temporary safety
zone for certain waters of the Patapsco River. This action is necessary
to provide for the safety of life on these navigable waters of the
Inner Harbor at Baltimore, MD, on September 21, 2019 and on November
10, 2019 (with alternate date of November 11, 2019) during fireworks
displays. This proposed rulemaking would prohibit persons and vessels
from entering the safety zone unless authorized by the Captain of the
Port Maryland-National Capital Region or a designated representative.
We invite your comments on this proposed rulemaking.
DATES: Comments and related material must be received by the Coast
Guard on or before August 14, 2019.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG-
2019-0571 using the Federal eRulemaking Portal at https://www.regulations.gov. See the ``Public Participation and Request for
Comments'' portion of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for further
instructions on submitting comments.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions about this
proposed rulemaking, call or email Mr. Ron Houck, Sector Maryland-
National Capital Region Waterways Management Division, U.S. Coast
Guard; telephone 410-576-2674, email [email protected].
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
I. Table of Abbreviations
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
COTP Captain of the Port Maryland-National Capital Region
DHS Department of Homeland Security
FR Federal Register
NPRM Notice of proposed rulemaking
Sec.  Section
U.S.C. United States Code
II. Background, Purpose, and Legal Basis
    Serpico Pyrotechnics, LLC of Toms River, NJ notified the Coast
Guard that it will be conducting a private fireworks display from 9:50
p.m. to 10 p.m. on September 21, 2019, to commemorate a wedding. The
fireworks are to be launched from a barge located in the Inner Harbor
approximately 125 yards southeast of Pier 1 in Baltimore, MD. Hazards
from the firework display includes accidental discharge of fireworks,
dangerous projectiles, and falling hot embers or other debris. The COTP
Maryland-National Capital Region has determined that potential hazards
associated with the fireworks to be used in this display would be a
safety concern for anyone in the Inner Harbor near the fireworks barge.
    The Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts of Baltimore, MD
notified the Coast Guard that it will be conducting a fireworks display
from 11:30 p.m. to midnight on November 10, 2019, to end their ten-day
Light and Literature Unite festival. The public fireworks are to be
conducted by Fireworks by Grucci, Inc., and launched from five floating
platforms located in the Inner Harbor between Pier 3 and Pier 5 in
Baltimore, MD. In the event of inclement weather, the fireworks display
will be scheduled for November 11, 2019. Hazards from the firework
display includes accidental discharge of fireworks, dangerous
projectiles, and falling hot embers or other debris. The COTP Maryland-
National Capital Region has determined that potential hazards
associated with the fireworks to be used in this display would be a
safety concern for anyone in the Inner Harbor near the five fireworks
floating platforms.
    The purpose of this rulemaking is to ensure the safety of vessels
and the navigable waters in the safety zone
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before, during, and after the scheduled events. The Coast Guard is
proposing this rulemaking under authority in 46 U.S.C. 70034
(previously 33 U.S.C. 1231).
III. Discussion of Proposed Rule
    The COTP is proposing to establish a safety zone from 8:30 p.m. to
10:30 p.m. on September 21, 2019 and from 11 p.m. on November 10, 2019
to 1 a.m. on November 11, 2019 (or alternatively, in case of rain, from
11 p.m. on November 11, 2019 to 1 a.m. on November 12, 2019). The
safety zone would cover all navigable waters of the Patapsco River,
Inner Harbor, from shoreline to shoreline, within an area bounded on
the east by longitude 076[deg]36'12'' W, and bounded on the west by the
Inner Harbor west bulkhead, located at Baltimore, MD. The duration and
enforcement of the safety zone is intended to ensure the safety of
vessels and these navigable waters before, during, and after the
scheduled 9:50 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., respectively, fireworks displays.
No vessel or person would be permitted to enter the safety zone without
obtaining permission from the COTP or a designated representative. The
regulatory text we are proposing appears at the end of this document.
IV. Regulatory Analyses
    We developed this proposed 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 NPRM has not been
designated a ``significant regulatory action,'' under Executive Order
12866. Accordingly, the NPRM 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, duration,
time-of-day and time-of-year of the safety zone. Although this safety
zone would restrict the entire width of the waterway, it would impact a
small designated area of the Inner Harbor for a total of four hours
during the evening when vessel traffic is normally low. The Coast Guard
will issue a Broadcast Notice to Mariners via VHF-FM marine channel 16
about 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 certifies under 5 U.S.C. 605(b) that this
proposed rule would 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 zone may be small entities, for the reasons stated in section
IV.A above, this proposed rule would not have a significant economic
impact on any vessel owner or operator.
    If you think that your business, organization, or governmental
jurisdiction qualifies as a small entity and that this rule would have
a significant economic impact on it, please submit a comment (see
ADDRESSES) explaining why you think it qualifies and how and to what
degree this rule would economically affect it.
    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 proposed 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. The Coast Guard will not retaliate against small entities that
question or complain about this proposed rule or any policy or action
of the Coast Guard.
C. Collection of Information
    This proposed rule would 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 various levels of
government. We have analyzed this proposed rule under that Order and
have determined that it is consistent with the fundamental federalism
principles and preemption requirements described in Executive Order
13132.
    Also, this proposed rule does not have tribal implications under
Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal
Governments, because it would 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 proposed 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 proposed rule would not
result in such an expenditure, we do discuss the effects of this rule
elsewhere in this preamble.
F. Environment
    We have analyzed this proposed rule under Department of Homeland
Security Directive 023-01 and Environmental Planning COMDTINST 5090.1
(series), which guide the Coast Guard in complying with the National
Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321-4370f), and have made
a preliminary determination 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 proposed rule involves a safety
zone lasting a total of four hours that would prohibit entry within a
small designated area of the Inner Harbor at Baltimore, MD. Normally
such actions are categorically excluded from further review under
paragraph L60(a) in Table 3-1 of U.S. Coast Guard Environmental
Planning Implementing Procedures 5090.1. A preliminary Record of
Environmental Consideration supporting this determination is available
in the docket where indicated under ADDRESSES. We seek any comments or
information that
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may lead to the discovery of a significant environmental impact from
this proposed rule.
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.
V. Public Participation and Request for Comments
    We view public participation as essential to effective rulemaking,
and will consider all comments and material received during the comment
period. Your comment can help shape the outcome of this rulemaking. If
you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this
rulemaking, indicate the specific section of this document to which
each comment applies, and provide a reason for each suggestion or
recommendation.
    We encourage you to submit comments through the Federal eRulemaking
Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. If your material cannot be
submitted using http://www.regulations.gov, contact the person in the
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document for alternate
instructions.
    We accept anonymous comments. All comments received will be posted
without change to https://www.regulations.gov and will include any
personal information you have provided. For more about privacy and the
docket, visit https://www.regulations.gov/privacyNotice.
    Documents mentioned in this NPRM as being available in the docket,
and all public comments, will be in our online docket at https://www.regulations.gov and can be viewed by following that website's
instructions. Additionally, if you go to the online docket and sign up
for email alerts, you will be notified when comments are posted or a
final rule is published.
List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165
    Harbors, Marine safety, Navigation (water), Reporting and
recordkeeping requirements, Security measures, Waterways.
    For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard is
proposing to amend 33 CFR part 165 as follows:
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:
    Authority:  46 U.S.C. 70034, 70051; 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. Add Sec.  165.T05-0571 to read as follows:
Sec.  165.T05-0571   Safety Zone for Fireworks Displays; Patapsco
River, Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD.
    (a) Location. The following area is a safety zone: All navigable
waters of the Patapsco River, Inner Harbor, from shoreline to
shoreline, within an area bounded on the east by longitude
076[deg]36'12'' W, and bounded on the west by the Inner Harbor west
bulkhead, located at Baltimore, MD. All coordinates refer to datum NAD
1983.
    (b) Definitions. As used in this section:
    (1) Captain of the Port (COTP) means the Commander, U.S. Coast
Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region.
    (2) Designated representative means any Coast Guard commissioned,
warrant, or petty officer who has been authorized by the Captain of the
Port Maryland-National Capital Region to assist in enforcing the safety
zone described in paragraph (a) of this section.
    (c) Regulations. (1) Under the general safety zone regulations in
subpart C of this part, you may not enter the safety zone described in
paragraph (a) of this section unless authorized by the COTP or the
COTP's designated representative. All vessels underway within this
safety zone at the time it is activated are to depart the zone.
    (2) To seek permission to enter, contact the COTP or the COTP's
designated representative by telephone at 410-576-2693 or on Marine
Band Radio VHF-FM channel 16 (156.8 MHz). The Coast Guard vessels
enforcing this section can be contacted on Marine Band Radio VHF-FM
channel 16 (156.8 MHz).
    (3) Those in the safety zone must comply with all lawful orders or
directions given to them by the COTP or the COTP's designated
representative.
    (d) Enforcement officials. The U.S. Coast Guard may be assisted in
the patrol and enforcement of the safety zone by Federal, State, and
local agencies.
    (e) Enforcement. This safety zone will be enforced during the
periods described in paragraph (f) of this section. A ``FIREWORKS--
DANGER--STAY AWAY'' sign will be posted on the port and starboard sides
of the barge on-scene near the location described in paragraph (a) of
this section.
    (f) Enforcement periods. This section will be enforced:
    (1) From 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on September 21, 2019.
    (2) From 11 p.m. on November 10, 2019 to 1 a.m. on November 11,
2019. If necessary due to inclement weather on November 10, 2019, this
section will be enforced from 11 p.m. on November 11, 2019 to 1 a.m. on
November 12, 2019.
    Dated: July 10, 2019.
Joseph B. Loring,
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port Maryland-National
Capital Region.
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