Safety Zone; Lake Washington, Seattle, WA

 
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Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 84 (Wednesday, May 1, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 84 (Wednesday, May 1, 2019)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 18452-18454]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-08800]
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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
Coast Guard
33 CFR Part 165
[Docket Number USCG-2019-0214]
RIN 1625-AA00
Safety Zone; Lake Washington, Seattle, WA
AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.
ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking.
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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is proposing to amend the safety zone for the
Seattle Seafair Air Show Performance by moving the safety zone
location. This action is necessary to safeguard participants and
spectators from the safety hazards associated with the Air Show
Performance, which include low-flying high-speed aircraft. This
proposed rulemaking would prohibit persons and vessels from entering or
remaining in the new safety zone location unless authorized by the
Captain of the Port Puget Sound 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 May 31, 2019.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG-
2019-0214 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 Petty Officer Zachary Spence, Sector
Puget Sound Waterways Management Branch, U.S. Coast Guard; telephone
206-217-6051, email [email protected].
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
I. Table of Abbreviations
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
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
    On March 12, 2019, the Seattle Seafair Organization notified the
Coast Guard that it will be moving its annual Air
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Show Performance location due to the Interstate 90 Floating Bridge
construction project for the Sound Transit Light Rail and subsequent
light rail operations. In order to avoid closing the Interstate 90
Floating Bridge on Lake Washington during the Air Show Performance
which would be required under the current safety zone regulations, the
Seattle Seafair Organization has moved Air Show Performance location
south of the Interstate 90 Floating Bridge.
    The northern boundary of the proposed safety zone would encompass
the navigable waters of Lake Washington approximately 1,700 yards south
of the existing safety zone's northern boundary to the southern
Interstate 90 floating bridge. The proposed safety zone location would
then overlap the existing safety zone location south of the Interstate
90 Bridge to southern boundary line, a line perpendicular to the Bailey
Peninsula to Mercer Island. The southern boundary would then be
extended 1,100 yards further south past the existing boundary line.
    The Air Show Performance poses several dangers to the public,
including low-flying high-speed aircraft, excessive noise, and
potential objects falling from aircraft. The Captain of the Port Puget
Sound (COTP) has determined that potential hazards associated with the
Air Show Performance would be a safety concern for anyone near the Air
Show Performance.
    The purpose of this rulemaking is to ensure the safety of vessels
and the navigable waters near the new Air Show Performance location
immediately before, during, and after the scheduled event. 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 amend the current safety zone location by
moving it south in conjunction with the new Air Show Performance
location. The safety zone would cover all navigable waters of Lake
Washington south of the Interstate 90 Floating Bridge and north of
Bailey Peninsula. No vessel or person would be permitted to enter or
remain in 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 the size,
location, duration, and time of day the safety zone. Vessel traffic
would be able to safely transit around the safety zone which would
impact a small designated area of Lake Washington during the Air Show
Performance.
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
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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 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 amending a safety zone by
moving the regulated area south of the Interstate 90 Bridge and north
of Bailey Peninsula. Normally such actions are 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 preliminary Record of
Environmental Consideration supporting this determination is available
in the docket where indicated under ADDRESSES. We seek any comments or
information that 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 record
keeping requirements, Security measures, Waterways.
    For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard proposes
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.
0170.1.2. In Sec.  165.1319, revise paragraph (b) to read as
follows:
Sec.  165.1319  Seafair Air Show Performance, Seattle, WA.
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    (b) Location. The following is a safety zone: All waters of Lake
Washington south of the Interstate 90 Floating West Bound Bridge and
north of the points between Bailey Peninsula at 47[deg]33'14.4'' N,
122[deg]14'47.3'' and Mercer Island at 47[deg]33'24.5'' N,
122[deg]13'52.5'' W.
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    Dated: April 25, 2019.
L.A. Sturgis,
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port Puget Sound.
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