Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Liberty Bayou, LA, 26290-26292 [E6-6738]

Download as PDF 26290 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 86 / Thursday, May 4, 2006 / Proposed Rules in the regulated area shall stop the vessel immediately when instructed to do so by the Official Patrol and then proceed as directed. When authorized to transit the regulated area, all vessels shall proceed at a minimum safe speed necessary to maintain a safe course that minimizes wake near the race course. (d) Enforcement. This section will be enforced from annually 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend. If the races are postponed due to weather, then the special local regulations will be enforced during the same time period on Monday, Labor Day. A notice of enforcement of this section will be published annually in the Federal Register and disseminated through the Fifth District Local Notice to Mariners and marine safety radio broadcasts. Dated: April 21, 2006. L.L. Hereth, Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. E6–6732 Filed 5–3–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–15–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 117 [CGD08–06–010] RIN 1625–AA09 Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Liberty Bayou, LA Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of proposed rulemaking. AGENCY: mstockstill on PROD1PC68 with PROPOSALS ACTION: SUMMARY: The Coast Guard proposes to change the regulations governing the State Route 433 (S433) pontoon span bridge across Liberty Bayou, mile 2.0, at Slidell, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. The State of Louisiana, Department of Transportation and Development, has requested that the notice required for an opening of the draw be changed from 12 hours to 4 hours. DATES: Comments and related material must reach the Coast Guard on or before July 3, 2006. ADDRESSES: You may mail comments and related material to Commander (dpb), Eighth Coast Guard District, 500 Poydras Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130–3310. The Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District, Bridge Administration Branch maintains the public docket for this rulemaking. Comments and material received from the public, as well as documents indicated in this preamble as being VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:42 May 03, 2006 Jkt 208001 available in the docket, will become part of this docket and will be available for inspection or copying at the Bridge Administration office between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Phil Johnson, Bridge Administration Branch, telephone 504–589–2965. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Request for Comments We encourage you to participate in this rulemaking by submitting comments and related material. If you do so, please include your name and address, identify the docket number for this rulemaking [CGD08–06–010], indicate the specific section of this document to which each comment applies, and give the reason for each comment. Please submit all comments and related material in an unbound format, no larger than 81⁄2 by 11 inches, suitable for copying. If you would like to know they reached us, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope. We will consider all comments and material received during the comment period. We may change this proposed rule in view of them. Public Meeting We do not now plan to hold a public meeting. You may submit a request for a meeting by writing to Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District, Bridge Administration Branch at the address under ADDRESSES explaining why one would be beneficial. If we determine that one would aid this rulemaking, we will hold one at a time and place announced by a later notice in the Federal Register. Background and Purpose The U.S. Coast Guard, at the request of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LDOTD), proposes to change the existing operating regulation of the S433 Pontoon Span Bridge across Liberty Bayou, mile 2.0, at Slidell, Louisiana. The change will reduce the minimum notice, required for an opening of the draw, from 12 hours to 4 hours. Currently, the draw opens on signal; except that from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the draw will open on signal if at least 12 hours notice is given. LDOTD is changing the bridge tender work schedule, which has reduced the time required for a bridge tender to man the bridge for an opening. Traffic counts indicate that an average of 6000 vehicles cross the bridge daily and approximately 220 or about 3.7% of those vehicles cross between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Bridge tender logs PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 for a three-month period show that the bridge opens on an average of 6 times per day to pass vessels. None of the vessel openings during these months were between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Navigation at the site of the bridge consists primarily of recreational fishing vessels, recreational powerboats and sailboats. Alternate routes are not available. Discussion of Proposed Rule The proposed rule would change the existing regulation in 33 CFR 117.469 to decrease the length of time that is required for a vessel to request an opening of the draw from 12 hours to 4 hours. LDOTD is changing the bridge tender work schedule, which has reduced the time required for a bridge tender to man the bridge for an opening. Thus, it is no longer necessary to require a full 12-hour notice for a drawbridge opening. As a result of this change, mariners will be able to more easily schedule passage through the bridge. Regulatory Evaluation This proposed rule is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, and does not require an assessment of potential costs and benefits under section 6(a)(3) of that Order. The Office of Management and Budget has not reviewed it under that Order. It is not ‘‘significant’’ under the regulatory policies and procedures of the Department of Homeland Security. We expect the economic impact of this proposed rule to be so minimal that a full Regulatory Evaluation under the regulatory policies and procedures of DHS is unnecessary. The Coast Guard does not consider this rule to be ‘‘significant’’ under that Order because it does not adversely affect the way vessels operate on the waterway. Small Entities Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601–612), we have considered whether this proposed rule would have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. 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. This proposed rule would not E:\FR\FM\04MYP1.SGM 04MYP1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 86 / Thursday, May 4, 2006 / Proposed Rules adversely affect the owners and operators of vessels needing to transit the bridge between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. daily. It would benefit the mariner in that it would reduce the time needed to give notice to request an opening of the draw. If you think that your business, organization, or governmental jurisdiction qualifies as a small entity and that this proposed 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 proposed rule would economically affect it. Assistance for Small Entities 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 so that they can better evaluate its effects on them and participate in the rulemaking. 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 Eighth Coast Guard District Bridge Administration Branch at the address above. 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. Collection of Information This proposed rule would call for no new collection of information under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501–3520). Federalism A rule has implications for federalism under Executive Order 13132, Federalism, if it has a substantial direct effect on State or local governments and would either preempt State law or impose a substantial direct cost of compliance on them. We have analyzed this proposed rule under that Order and have determined that it does not have implications for federalism. mstockstill on PROD1PC68 with PROPOSALS 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 or more in any one year. Though this proposed rule will not result in such an expenditure, we do VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:01 May 03, 2006 Jkt 208001 discuss the effects of this proposed rule elsewhere in this preamble. Taking of Private Property This proposed rule would not affect a taking of private property or otherwise have taking implications under Executive Order 12630, Governmental Actions and Interference with Constitutionally Protected Property Rights. Civil Justice Reform This proposed rule meets applicable standards in sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform, to minimize litigation, eliminate ambiguity, and reduce burden. Protection of Children We have analyzed this proposed rule under Executive Order 13045, Protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks. This proposed rule is not an economically significant rule and would not create an environmental risk to health or risk to safety that might disproportionately affect children. Indian Tribal Governments 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. 26291 provides Congress, through the Office of Management and Budget, with an explanation of why using these standards would be inconsistent with applicable law or otherwise impractical. Voluntary consensus standards are technical standards (e.g., specifications of materials, performance, design, or operation; test methods; sampling procedures; and related management systems practices) that are developed or adopted by voluntary consensus standards bodies. This proposed rule does not use technical standards. Therefore, we did not consider the use of voluntary consensus standards. Environment We have analyzed this proposed rule under Commandant Instruction M16475.1D, which guides the Coast Guard in complying with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321–4370f), and have concluded that there are no factors in this case that would limit the use of a categorical exclusion under section 2.B.2 of the Instruction. Therefore, this proposed rule is categorically excluded, under figure 2–1, paragraph (32)(e), of the Instruction, from further environmental documentation. Paragraph (32)(e) excludes the promulgation of operating regulations or procedures for drawbridges from the environmental documentation requirements of NEPA. Since this proposed rule will alter the normal operating conditions of the drawbridge, it falls within this exclusion. List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 117 Bridges. Energy Effects We have analyzed this proposed rule under Executive Order 13211, Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use. We have determined that it is not a ‘‘significant energy action’’ under that order because it is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866 and is not likely to have a significant adverse effect on the supply, distribution, or use of energy. The Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs has not designated it as a significant energy action. Therefore, it does not require a Statement of Energy Effects under Executive Order 13211. Regulations For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard proposes to amend 33 CFR part 117 as follows: PART 117—DRAWBRIDGE OPERATION REGULATIONS 1. The authority citation for part 117 continues to read as follows: Authority: 33 U.S.C. 499; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1; 33 CFR 1.05–1(g); § 117.255 also issued under the authority of Pub. L. 102–587, 106 Stat. 5039. 2. Section 117.469 is revised to read as follows: Technical Standards § 117.469 The National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA) (15 U.S.C. 272 note) directs agencies to use voluntary consensus standards in their regulatory activities unless the agency The draw of the S433 bridge, mile 2.0 at Slidell, shall open on signal; except that, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., the draw shall open on signal if at least 4 hours notice is given. PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 E:\FR\FM\04MYP1.SGM Liberty Bayou. 04MYP1 26292 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 86 / Thursday, May 4, 2006 / Proposed Rules Dated: April 25, 2006. R.F. Duncan, Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. E6–6738 Filed 5–3–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–15–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard applies, and give the reason for each comment. Please submit all comments and related materials in an unbound format, no larger than 81⁄2 by 11 inches, suitable for copying. If you would like to know they reached us, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope. We will consider all comments and material received during the comment period. We may change this proposed rule in view of them. Public Meeting 33 CFR Part 165 [CGD01–06–032] RIN 1625–AA00 Safety Zone; City of Lynn, Fourth of July Fireworks Display, Nahant Bay, MA Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of proposed rulemaking. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard proposes to establish a temporary safety zone for the City of Lynn ‘‘Fourth of July Fireworks’’ occurring in Nahant Bay, Massachusetts. This safety zone is necessary to protect the life and property of the maritime public from the potential hazards associated with a fireworks display. The safety zone would temporarily prohibit entry into or movement within this portion of Nahant Bay during the closure period. DATES: Comments and related material must reach the Coast Guard on or before June 5, 2006. ADDRESSES: You may mail comments and related material to Sector Boston, 427 Commercial Street, Boston, MA. Sector Boston maintains the public docket for this rulemaking. Comments and material received from the public, as well as documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket will become part of this docket and will be available for inspection or copying at Sector Boston, 427 Commercial Street, Boston, MA between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chief Petty Officer Paul English, Sector Boston, Waterways Management Division, at (617) 223–5007. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: mstockstill on PROD1PC68 with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: Request for Comments We encourage you to participate in this rulemaking by submitting comments and related material. If you do so, please include your name and address, identify the docket number for the rulemaking (CGD01–06–032), indicate the specific section of this document to which each comment VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:42 May 03, 2006 Jkt 208001 We do not now plan to hold a public meeting; however, you may submit a request for a meeting by writing to Sector Boston at the address under ADDRESSES explaining why one would be beneficial. If we determine that one would aid this rulemaking, we will hold one at a time and place announced by a later notice in the Federal Register. Background and Purpose This rule proposes to establish a safety zone on the waters of Nahant Bay within a 400-yard radius of the fireworks barge located at approximate position 42° 27′.686″ N, 070°55′.101″ W. The safety zone would be in effect from 8 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. EDT on July 3, 2006. The safety zone would temporarily restrict movement within the effected portion of Nahant Bay and is needed to protect the maritime public from the dangers posed by a fireworks display. Marine traffic may transit safely outside the safety zone during the effective period. The Captain of the Port does not anticipate any negative impact on vessel traffic due to this event. Public notifications will be made prior to the effective period of this proposed rule via safety marine information broadcasts and Local Notice to Mariners. Discussion of Proposed Rule The Coast Guard proposes to establish a temporary safety zone in Nahant Bay. The safety zone would be in effect from 8 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. EDT on July 3, 2006. Marine traffic may transit safely outside of the zone in the majority of Nahant Bay during the event. This safety zone would control vessel traffic during the fireworks display to protect the safety of the maritime public. Due to the limited time frame of the fireworks display, the Captain of the Port anticipates minimal negative impact on vessel traffic due to this event. Public notifications will be made prior to the effective period via local media, local notice to mariners and marine information broadcasts. PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Regulatory Evaluation This proposed rule is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, and does not require an assessment of potential costs and benefits under section 6(a)(3) of that Order. The Office of Management and Budget has not reviewed it under that Order. We expect the economic impact of this proposed rule to be so minimal that a full Regulatory Evaluation is unnecessary. Although this proposed rule would prevent traffic from transiting a portion of Nahant Bay during the closure period, the effects of this rule would not be significant for several reasons: Vessels will be excluded from the proscribed area for only two and one half hours, vessels will be able to transit around the zone in the unrestricted portion or Nahant Bay during the event, and advance notifications will be made to the local maritime community by marine information broadcasts and Local Notice to Mariners notifying them or the parameters and effective period of the zone. Small Entities Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601–612), we have considered whether this proposed rule would have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. 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. This proposed rule would affect the following entities, some of which may be small entities: the owners or operators of vessels intending to transit or anchor in the effected portion of Nahant Bay from 8 p.m. EDT on July 3, 2006 to 10:30 p.m. EDT on July 3, 2006. This safety zone would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities for the following reasons: This proposed rule would be in effect for only two and one half hours, vessel traffic could pass safely around the safety zone during the closure period, and advance notifications via safety marine informational broadcasts and Local Notice to Mariners will be made before and during the effective period. E:\FR\FM\04MYP1.SGM 04MYP1

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 117

[CGD08-06-010]
RIN 1625-AA09


Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Liberty Bayou, LA

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard proposes to change the regulations governing 
the State Route 433 (S433) pontoon span bridge across Liberty Bayou, 
mile 2.0, at Slidell, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. The State of 
Louisiana, Department of Transportation and Development, has requested 
that the notice required for an opening of the draw be changed from 12 
hours to 4 hours.

DATES: Comments and related material must reach the Coast Guard on or 
before July 3, 2006.

ADDRESSES: You may mail comments and related material to Commander 
(dpb), Eighth Coast Guard District, 500 Poydras Street, New Orleans, 
Louisiana 70130-3310. The Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District, 
Bridge Administration Branch maintains the public docket for this 
rulemaking. Comments and material received from the public, as well as 
documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket, 
will become part of this docket and will be available for inspection or 
copying at the Bridge Administration office between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Phil Johnson, Bridge Administration 
Branch, telephone 504-589-2965.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Request for Comments

    We encourage you to participate in this rulemaking by submitting 
comments and related material. If you do so, please include your name 
and address, identify the docket number for this rulemaking [CGD08-06-
010], indicate the specific section of this document to which each 
comment applies, and give the reason for each comment. Please submit 
all comments and related material in an unbound format, no larger than 
8\1/2\ by 11 inches, suitable for copying. If you would like to know 
they reached us, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or 
envelope. We will consider all comments and material received during 
the comment period. We may change this proposed rule in view of them.

Public Meeting

    We do not now plan to hold a public meeting. You may submit a 
request for a meeting by writing to Commander, Eighth Coast Guard 
District, Bridge Administration Branch at the address under ADDRESSES 
explaining why one would be beneficial. If we determine that one would 
aid this rulemaking, we will hold one at a time and place announced by 
a later notice in the Federal Register.

Background and Purpose

    The U.S. Coast Guard, at the request of the Louisiana Department of 
Transportation and Development (LDOTD), proposes to change the existing 
operating regulation of the S433 Pontoon Span Bridge across Liberty 
Bayou, mile 2.0, at Slidell, Louisiana. The change will reduce the 
minimum notice, required for an opening of the draw, from 12 hours to 4 
hours. Currently, the draw opens on signal; except that from 9 p.m. to 
5 a.m. the draw will open on signal if at least 12 hours notice is 
given. LDOTD is changing the bridge tender work schedule, which has 
reduced the time required for a bridge tender to man the bridge for an 
opening.
    Traffic counts indicate that an average of 6000 vehicles cross the 
bridge daily and approximately 220 or about 3.7% of those vehicles 
cross between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Bridge tender logs for a 
three-month period show that the bridge opens on an average of 6 times 
per day to pass vessels. None of the vessel openings during these 
months were between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.
    Navigation at the site of the bridge consists primarily of 
recreational fishing vessels, recreational powerboats and sailboats. 
Alternate routes are not available.

Discussion of Proposed Rule

    The proposed rule would change the existing regulation in 33 CFR 
117.469 to decrease the length of time that is required for a vessel to 
request an opening of the draw from 12 hours to 4 hours. LDOTD is 
changing the bridge tender work schedule, which has reduced the time 
required for a bridge tender to man the bridge for an opening. Thus, it 
is no longer necessary to require a full 12-hour notice for a 
drawbridge opening. As a result of this change, mariners will be able 
to more easily schedule passage through the bridge.

Regulatory Evaluation

    This proposed rule is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under 
section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, 
and does not require an assessment of potential costs and benefits 
under section 6(a)(3) of that Order. The Office of Management and 
Budget has not reviewed it under that Order. It is not ``significant'' 
under the regulatory policies and procedures of the Department of 
Homeland Security. We expect the economic impact of this proposed rule 
to be so minimal that a full Regulatory Evaluation under the regulatory 
policies and procedures of DHS is unnecessary. The Coast Guard does not 
consider this rule to be ``significant'' under that Order because it 
does not adversely affect the way vessels operate on the waterway.

Small Entities

    Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612), we have 
considered whether this proposed rule would have a significant economic 
impact on a substantial number of small entities. 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. This proposed rule would not

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adversely affect the owners and operators of vessels needing to transit 
the bridge between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. daily. It would benefit the 
mariner in that it would reduce the time needed to give notice to 
request an opening of the draw.
    If you think that your business, organization, or governmental 
jurisdiction qualifies as a small entity and that this proposed 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 proposed rule would economically affect it.

Assistance for Small Entities

    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 so that they can better 
evaluate its effects on them and participate in the rulemaking. 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 Eighth Coast Guard District 
Bridge Administration Branch at the address above. 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.

Collection of Information

    This proposed rule would call for no new collection of information 
under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520).

Federalism

    A rule has implications for federalism under Executive Order 13132, 
Federalism, if it has a substantial direct effect on State or local 
governments and would either preempt State law or impose a substantial 
direct cost of compliance on them. We have analyzed this proposed rule 
under that Order and have determined that it does not have implications 
for federalism.

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 or more in any 
one year. Though this proposed rule will not result in such an 
expenditure, we do discuss the effects of this proposed rule elsewhere 
in this preamble.

Taking of Private Property

    This proposed rule would not affect a taking of private property or 
otherwise have taking implications under Executive Order 12630, 
Governmental Actions and Interference with Constitutionally Protected 
Property Rights.

Civil Justice Reform

    This proposed rule meets applicable standards in sections 3(a) and 
3(b)(2) of Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform, to minimize 
litigation, eliminate ambiguity, and reduce burden.

Protection of Children

    We have analyzed this proposed rule under Executive Order 13045, 
Protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety 
Risks. This proposed rule is not an economically significant rule and 
would not create an environmental risk to health or risk to safety that 
might disproportionately affect children.

Indian Tribal Governments

    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.

Energy Effects

    We have analyzed this proposed rule under Executive Order 13211, 
Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, 
Distribution, or Use. We have determined that it is not a ``significant 
energy action'' under that order because it is not a ``significant 
regulatory action'' under Executive Order 12866 and is not likely to 
have a significant adverse effect on the supply, distribution, or use 
of energy. The Administrator of the Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs has not designated it as a significant energy 
action. Therefore, it does not require a Statement of Energy Effects 
under Executive Order 13211.

Technical Standards

    The National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA) (15 
U.S.C. 272 note) directs agencies to use voluntary consensus standards 
in their regulatory activities unless the agency provides Congress, 
through the Office of Management and Budget, with an explanation of why 
using these standards would be inconsistent with applicable law or 
otherwise impractical. Voluntary consensus standards are technical 
standards (e.g., specifications of materials, performance, design, or 
operation; test methods; sampling procedures; and related management 
systems practices) that are developed or adopted by voluntary consensus 
standards bodies.
    This proposed rule does not use technical standards. Therefore, we 
did not consider the use of voluntary consensus standards.

Environment

    We have analyzed this proposed rule under Commandant Instruction 
M16475.1D, which guides the Coast Guard in complying with the National 
Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321-4370f), and 
have concluded that there are no factors in this case that would limit 
the use of a categorical exclusion under section 2.B.2 of the 
Instruction. Therefore, this proposed rule is categorically excluded, 
under figure 2-1, paragraph (32)(e), of the Instruction, from further 
environmental documentation. Paragraph (32)(e) excludes the 
promulgation of operating regulations or procedures for drawbridges 
from the environmental documentation requirements of NEPA. Since this 
proposed rule will alter the normal operating conditions of the 
drawbridge, it falls within this exclusion.

List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 117

    Bridges.

Regulations

    For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard proposes 
to amend 33 CFR part 117 as follows:

PART 117--DRAWBRIDGE OPERATION REGULATIONS

    1. The authority citation for part 117 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 33 U.S.C. 499; Department of Homeland Security 
Delegation No. 0170.1; 33 CFR 1.05-1(g); Sec.  117.255 also issued 
under the authority of Pub. L. 102-587, 106 Stat. 5039.

    2. Section 117.469 is revised to read as follows:


Sec.  117.469  Liberty Bayou.

    The draw of the S433 bridge, mile 2.0 at Slidell, shall open on 
signal; except that, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., the draw shall open on 
signal if at least 4 hours notice is given.


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    Dated: April 25, 2006.
R.F. Duncan,
Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District.
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