Safety Zone; Missouri River, Mile Marker 117 to 116.5, Chamois, MO

 
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Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 175 (Tuesday, September 10, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 175 (Tuesday, September 10, 2019)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 47427-47429]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-19495]
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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
Coast Guard
33 CFR Part 165
[Docket Number USCG-2019-0760]
RIN 1625-AA00
Safety Zone; Missouri River, Mile Marker 117 to 116.5, Chamois,
MO
AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.
ACTION: Temporary final rule.
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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone for
all navigable waters of the Missouri River in a work zone located from
Mile Marker (MM) 116.5 through MM 117. The safety zone is needed to
protect persons, vessels, and the marine environment from potential
hazards created by the installation of electrical lines across the
river. Entry of persons or vessels into this zone is prohibited unless
specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port Sector Upper
Mississippi River (COTP) or a designated representative.
DATES: This rule is effective from October 7, 2019, through October 9,
2019.
ADDRESSES: To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being
available in the docket, go to https://www.regulations.gov, type USCG-
2019-0760 in the ``SEARCH'' box and click ``SEARCH.'' Click on Open
Docket Folder on the line associated with this rule.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this rule,
call or email Lieutenant Commander Christian Barger, Waterways
Management Division, Sector Upper Mississippi River, U.S. Coast Guard;
telephone 314-269-2560, email [email protected].
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
I. Table of Abbreviations
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
COTP Captain of the Port Sector Upper Mississippi River
DHS Department of Homeland Security
FR Federal Register
NPRM Notice of proposed rulemaking
Sec.  Section
U.S.C. United States Code
II. Background Information and Regulatory History
    The Coast Guard is issuing this temporary 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 it is impracticable. We must
establish this safety zone by October 7, 2019, and we lack sufficient
time to provide a reasonable comment period and then consider those
comments before issuing the rule. The NPRM process would delay
establishment of the safety zone until after the date of the electrical
line work and compromise public safety.
    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. Delaying the effective date of
this rule would be contrary to public interest because immediate action
is necessary to respond to the potential safety hazards associated with
electrical line installation over the Missouri River.
III. Legal Authority and Need for Rule
    The Coast Guard is issuing this rule under authority in 46 U.S.C.
70034 (previously 33 U.S.C. 1231). The Captain of the Port Sector Upper
Mississippi River (COTP) has determined that potential hazards
associated with electrical line installation over the Missouri River
will be a safety concern for anyone in the work zone from Mile Marker
(MM) 116.5 through MM 117. This rule is needed to protect persons,
vessels, and the marine environment on the navigable waters within the
safety zone while electrical lines are pulled across the river.
IV. Discussion of the Rule
    This rule establishes a temporary safety zone for a three day
period from October 7, 2019 through October 9, 2019 or until the
electrical line work is completed, whichever occurs first. The safety
zone will be enforced at the work zone on the Missouri River between MM
116.5 and MM 117.
    Transit into and through this safety zone is prohibited during
periods of enforcement unless given permission by the Captain of the
Port or a designated representative. This zone will be enforced for up
to ten hours each day from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. The COTP or a
designated representative will inform the public through Broadcast
Notices to Mariners (BNMs) at least 12 hours in advance of each
enforcement period, and a safety vessel will coordinate all vessel
traffic during the enforcement periods. In addition, the COTP or a
designated representative will release regular BNMs while the zone is
in effect and will also announce
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the suspension of the zone via VHF-FM marine channel 16.
    The duration of this temporary safety zone is intended to protect
persons, vessels, and the marine environment on these navigable waters
while the electrical lines are being pulled across the river. No vessel
or person will be permitted to enter the safety zone without obtaining
permission from the COTP or a designated representative. A designated
representative is a commissioned, warrant, or petty officer of the U.S.
Coast Guard assigned to units under the operational control of USCG
Sector Upper Mississippi River. To seek entry into the safety zone,
contact the COTP or the COTP's designated representative by telephone
at 314-269-2332 or on VHF-FM channel 16. Persons and vessels permitted
to enter this safety zone must transit at their slowest safe speed and
comply with all lawful directions issued by the COTP or the designated
representative.
    The COTP or a designated representative will inform the public of
the enforcement dates and times for this safety zone, as well as any
emergent safety concerns that may delay the suspension of the zone each
day, through BNMs, Local Notices to Mariners (LNMs), and/or Marine
Safety Information Bulletins (MSIBs) as appropriate.
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 the size,
location, and duration of the safety zone. This safety zone impacts a
one-half mile stretch of the Missouri River for up to ten hours on
three consecutive days. Additionally this 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 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
temporary safety zone 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 because the rule will allow
persons and vessels to seek permission to enter the zone and
coordinated entry may be arranged on a case by case basis.
Additionally, coordination with several waterways users has taken place
to mitigate as much impact as possible
    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
call or email 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 various 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 Order
13132.
    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 call or email the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
CONTACT section above.
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 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
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 a safety zone lasting up to ten hours
each day over three consecutive days that will prohibit entry through
an electrical wire work zone on the Missouri River. It is categorically
excluded from further
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review under paragraph L60 (a) in Table 3-1 of U.S. Coast Guard
Environmental Planning Implementing Procedures. 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 call or email 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.
List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165
    Harbors, Marine safety, Navigation, Reporting and recordkeeping
requirements, Security measures, Waterways.
    For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends
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.T08-0760 to read as follows:
Sec.  165.T08-0760  Safety Zone; Missouri River, mile marker 117 to
116.5, Chamois, MO.
    (a) Location. The following area is a safety zone: One work zone on
the Missouri River from Mile Marker (MM) 116.5 through MM 117. Transit
into and through this safety zone is prohibited during periods of
enforcement unless given permission by the Captain of the Port or a
designated representative.
    (b) Effective period. This section is effective from October 7,
2019, through October 9, 2019.
    (c) Enforcement periods. This section will be enforced each day
that electrical line work is to be performed for up to ten hours per
day from October 7, 2019, through October 9, 2019, from approximately 7
a.m. through 5 p.m. each day.
    (d) Regulations. (1) In accordance with the general regulations in
Sec.  165.23, entry of vessels or persons into this zone is prohibited
unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port Sector Upper
Mississippi River (COTP) or designated representative. A designated
representative is a commissioned, warrant, or petty officer of the U.S.
Coast Guard assigned to units under the operational control of USCG
Sector Upper Mississippi River.
    (2) Vessels requiring entry into this safety zone must request
permission from the COTP or a designated representative. To seek entry
into the safety zone, contact the COTP or the COTP's representative by
telephone at 314-269-2332 or on VHF-FM channel 16.
    (3) Persons and vessels permitted to enter this safety zone must
transit at their slowest safe speed and comply with all lawful
directions issued by the COTP or the designated representative.
    (e) Information broadcasts. The COTP or a designated representative
will inform the public of the enforcement dates and times for this
safety zone, as well as any emergent safety concerns that may delay the
enforcement of the zone each day, through Broadcast Notice to Mariners,
Local Notices to Mariners, and/or Marine Safety Information Bulletins
as appropriate.
    Dated: September 3, 2019.
S.A. Stoermer,
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port Sector Upper Mississippi
River.
[FR Doc. 2019-19495 Filed 9-9-19; 8:45 am]
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