Safety Zone Regulations, New Tacoma Narrows Bridge Construction Project, Bridge Deck Lifting Beams, 75666-75667 [E6-21457]

Download as PDF 75666 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 242 / Monday, December 18, 2006 / Rules and Regulations DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 [CGD13–06–054] RIN 1625–AA00 Safety Zone Regulations, New Tacoma Narrows Bridge Construction Project, Bridge Deck Lifting Beams Coast Guard, DHS. Temporary final rule. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone around the lifting beams of the cranes being used to lift deck sections into place on the New Tacoma Narrows Bridge. The zone will encompass all waters within 500 feet of the area directly below the lifting beams for the duration of the lowering, hookup, raising, and securing evolutions, and will only apply to the beams on the cranes that are in use. The beams being used for the day’s evolutions will be clearly marked on each end with a white flashing light. The Coast Guard is taking this action to safeguard the public from the hazards associated with navigating in the vicinity of moving construction equipment and heavy loads. These hazards may include risk of collision with the lifting beams and risks associated with falling loads, should there be an equipment failure. Entry into this zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port, Puget Sound or his designated representatives. This rule is effective from 12:01 a.m. November 16, 2006 to 11:59 p.m. January 16, 2007. ADDRESSES: Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket are part of docket CGD13–06– 054 and are available for inspection or copying at the Waterways Management Division, Coast Guard Sector Seattle, 1519 Alaskan Way South, Seattle, WA, 98134, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lieutenant Junior Grade Jes Hagen, Waterways Management Division, Coast Guard Sector Seattle, at (206) 217–6958. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: pwalker on PRODPC60 with RULES DATES: Background and Purpose Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553, a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) has not been published for this regulation and good cause exists for making it effective VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:25 Dec 15, 2006 Jkt 211001 without publication of an NPRM in the Federal Register. Publishing a NPRM would be contrary to public interest since immediate action is necessary to ensure the safety of vessels and persons that transit in the vicinity of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. If normal notice and comment procedures were followed, this rule would not become effective until after construction activities were already taking place. 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. Making the rule effective after 30 days of publication in the Federal Register would be contrary to public interest since immediate action is necessary to ensure the safety of vessels and persons that transit in the vicinity of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. If normal notice and comment procedures were followed, this rule would not become effective until after construction activities were already taking place. Discussion of Rule The Coast Guard is adopting a temporary safety zone regulation on the waters of Tacoma Narrows, Washington, for the New Tacoma Narrows Bridge construction project. The Coast Guard has determined it is necessary to restrict access to the waters within 500 feet of the lifting beams being used to raise deck sections into place, in order to safeguard people and property from hazards associated with navigating in the vicinity of moving construction equipment. These safety hazards include, but are not limited to, hazards to navigation, collisions with the beams, and equipment failures resulting in falling loads. The Coast Guard, through this action, intends to promote the safety of personnel and vessels in the area. Entry into this zone will be prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port or his representative. This safety zone will be enforced by Coast Guard personnel. The Captain of the Port may be assisted by other federal, state, or local agencies. Regulatory Evaluation This temporary rule is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866 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 (DHS). We expect the economic impact of this temporary rule to be so minimal PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 that a full Regulatory Evaluation under paragraph 10(e) of the regulatory policies and procedures of DHS is unnecessary. This expectation is based on the fact that the regulated area established by this regulation would encompass a small area that should not impact commercial or recreational traffic. For the above reasons, the Coast Guard does not anticipate any significant economic impact. Small Entities Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601–612), we have considered whether this 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. This rule will affect the following entities, some of which may be small entities: The owners or operators of vessels intending to transit this portion of the Tacoma Narrows during the time this regulation is in effect. The zone will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities due to its small area. Because the impacts of this rule are expected to be so minimal, the Coast Guard certifies under 605(b) of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601–612) that this temporary rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. 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 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 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 E:\FR\FM\18DER1.SGM 18DER1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 242 / Monday, December 18, 2006 / Rules and Regulations Guard, call 1–888–REG–FAIR (1–888– 734–3247). Collection of Information This temporary 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 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 State, local, or tribal government, in the aggregate, or the private sector of $100,000,000 or more in any one year. Though this rule will not result in such expenditure, we do discuss the effects of this rule elsewhere in this preamble. Taking of Private Property This temporary rule would not effect 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 temporary 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 rule under Executive Order 13045, Protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks. This rule is not an economically significant rule and does not concern an environmental risk to health or risk to safety that may disproportionately affect children. pwalker on PRODPC60 with RULES Indian Tribal Governments 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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:25 Dec 15, 2006 Jkt 211001 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 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. It has not been designated by the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs 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 rule does not use technical standards. Therefore, we did not consider the use of voluntary consensus standards. Environment We have analyzed this rule under Commandant Instruction M16475.1D and Department of Homeland Security Management Directive 5100.1, 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 rule is categorically excluded, under figure 2–1, paragraph (34)(g), of the Instruction, from further environmental documentation. requirements, Security measures, Waterways. For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 33 CFR part 165 as follows: I PART 165—REGULATED NAVIGATION AREAS AND LIMITED ACCESS AREAS 1. The authority citation for part 165 continues to read as follows: I Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1226, 1231; 46 U.S.C. Chapter 701; 50 U.S.C. 191, 195; 33 CFR 1.05–1(g), 6.04–1, 6.04–6, and 160.5; Pub. L. 107–295, 116 Stat. 2064; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1. 2. From 12:01 a.m. November 16, 2006 to 11:59 p.m. January 16, 2007, a temporary § 165.T13–041 is added to read as follows: I § 165.T13–041 Safety Zone: New Tacoma Narrows Bridge Construction Project, Bridge Deck Lifting Beams. (a) Location. The following is a safety zone: All waters of the Tacoma Narrows, Washington State, within 500 feet of the area directly below the bridge deck lifting beams attached to the New Tacoma Narrows Bridge, when they are in use. The bridge deck lifting beams being used will be clearly marked on each end with a white flashing light. (b) Regulations. In accordance with the general regulations in Section 165.23 of this part, no person or vessel may enter or remain in the zone except for those persons involved in the construction of the new Tacoma Narrows Bridge, supporting personnel, or other vessels authorized by the Captain of the Port or his designated representatives. Vessels and persons granted authorization to enter the safety zone shall obey all lawful orders or directions of the Captain of the Port or his designated representative. (c) Applicable dates. This section applies from 12:01 a.m. November 16, 2006 to 11:59 p.m. January 16, 2007. Dated: November 15, 2006. Stephen P. Metruck, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port, Puget Sound. [FR Doc. 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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 165

[CGD13-06-054]
RIN 1625-AA00


Safety Zone Regulations, New Tacoma Narrows Bridge Construction 
Project, Bridge Deck Lifting Beams

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Temporary final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone around 
the lifting beams of the cranes being used to lift deck sections into 
place on the New Tacoma Narrows Bridge. The zone will encompass all 
waters within 500 feet of the area directly below the lifting beams for 
the duration of the lowering, hookup, raising, and securing evolutions, 
and will only apply to the beams on the cranes that are in use. The 
beams being used for the day's evolutions will be clearly marked on 
each end with a white flashing light. The Coast Guard is taking this 
action to safeguard the public from the hazards associated with 
navigating in the vicinity of moving construction equipment and heavy 
loads. These hazards may include risk of collision with the lifting 
beams and risks associated with falling loads, should there be an 
equipment failure. Entry into this zone is prohibited unless authorized 
by the Captain of the Port, Puget Sound or his designated 
representatives.

DATES: This rule is effective from 12:01 a.m. November 16, 2006 to 
11:59 p.m. January 16, 2007.

ADDRESSES: Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in 
the docket are part of docket CGD13-06-054 and are available for 
inspection or copying at the Waterways Management Division, Coast Guard 
Sector Seattle, 1519 Alaskan Way South, Seattle, WA, 98134, between 8 
a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lieutenant Junior Grade Jes Hagen, 
Waterways Management Division, Coast Guard Sector Seattle, at (206) 
217-6958.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background and Purpose

    Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553, a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) 
has not been published for this regulation and good cause exists for 
making it effective without publication of an NPRM in the Federal 
Register. Publishing a NPRM would be contrary to public interest since 
immediate action is necessary to ensure the safety of vessels and 
persons that transit in the vicinity of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. If 
normal notice and comment procedures were followed, this rule would not 
become effective until after construction activities were already 
taking place. 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. Making the rule effective after 30 
days of publication in the Federal Register would be contrary to public 
interest since immediate action is necessary to ensure the safety of 
vessels and persons that transit in the vicinity of the Tacoma Narrows 
Bridge. If normal notice and comment procedures were followed, this 
rule would not become effective until after construction activities 
were already taking place.

Discussion of Rule

    The Coast Guard is adopting a temporary safety zone regulation on 
the waters of Tacoma Narrows, Washington, for the New Tacoma Narrows 
Bridge construction project. The Coast Guard has determined it is 
necessary to restrict access to the waters within 500 feet of the 
lifting beams being used to raise deck sections into place, in order to 
safeguard people and property from hazards associated with navigating 
in the vicinity of moving construction equipment. These safety hazards 
include, but are not limited to, hazards to navigation, collisions with 
the beams, and equipment failures resulting in falling loads. The Coast 
Guard, through this action, intends to promote the safety of personnel 
and vessels in the area. Entry into this zone will be prohibited unless 
authorized by the Captain of the Port or his representative. This 
safety zone will be enforced by Coast Guard personnel. The Captain of 
the Port may be assisted by other federal, state, or local agencies.

Regulatory Evaluation

    This temporary rule is not a ``significant regulatory action'' 
under section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866 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 (DHS).
    We expect the economic impact of this temporary rule to be so 
minimal that a full Regulatory Evaluation under paragraph 10(e) of the 
regulatory policies and procedures of DHS is unnecessary. This 
expectation is based on the fact that the regulated area established by 
this regulation would encompass a small area that should not impact 
commercial or recreational traffic. For the above reasons, the Coast 
Guard does not anticipate any significant economic impact.

Small Entities

    Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612), we have 
considered whether this 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.
    This rule will affect the following entities, some of which may be 
small entities: The owners or operators of vessels intending to transit 
this portion of the Tacoma Narrows during the time this regulation is 
in effect. The zone will not have a significant economic impact on a 
substantial number of small entities due to its small area. Because the 
impacts of this rule are expected to be so minimal, the Coast Guard 
certifies under 605(b) of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-
612) that this temporary rule will not have a significant economic 
impact on a substantial number of small entities.

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 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 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

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Guard, call 1-888-REG-FAIR (1-888-734-3247).

Collection of Information

    This temporary 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 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 State, local, or tribal government, in the 
aggregate, or the private sector of $100,000,000 or more in any one 
year. Though this rule will not result in such expenditure, we do 
discuss the effects of this rule elsewhere in this preamble.

Taking of Private Property

    This temporary rule would not effect 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 temporary 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 rule under Executive Order 13045, Protection 
of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks. This rule 
is not an economically significant rule and does not concern an 
environmental risk to health or risk to safety that may 
disproportionately affect children.

Indian Tribal Governments

    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.

Energy Effects

    We have analyzed this 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. It has not been designated by the Administrator of the 
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs 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 rule does not use technical standards. Therefore, we did not 
consider the use of voluntary consensus standards.

Environment

    We have analyzed this rule under Commandant Instruction M16475.1D 
and Department of Homeland Security Management Directive 5100.1, 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 rule is categorically excluded, under figure 2-1, 
paragraph (34)(g), of the Instruction, from further environmental 
documentation.

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:

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: 33 U.S.C. 1226, 1231; 46 U.S.C. Chapter 701; 50 
U.S.C. 191, 195; 33 CFR 1.05-1(g), 6.04-1, 6.04-6, and 160.5; Pub. 
L. 107-295, 116 Stat. 2064; Department of Homeland Security 
Delegation No. 0170.1.


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2. From 12:01 a.m. November 16, 2006 to 11:59 p.m. January 16, 2007, a 
temporary Sec.  165.T13-041 is added to read as follows:


Sec.  165.T13-041  Safety Zone: New Tacoma Narrows Bridge Construction 
Project, Bridge Deck Lifting Beams.

    (a) Location. The following is a safety zone: All waters of the 
Tacoma Narrows, Washington State, within 500 feet of the area directly 
below the bridge deck lifting beams attached to the New Tacoma Narrows 
Bridge, when they are in use. The bridge deck lifting beams being used 
will be clearly marked on each end with a white flashing light.
    (b) Regulations. In accordance with the general regulations in 
Section 165.23 of this part, no person or vessel may enter or remain in 
the zone except for those persons involved in the construction of the 
new Tacoma Narrows Bridge, supporting personnel, or other vessels 
authorized by the Captain of the Port or his designated 
representatives. Vessels and persons granted authorization to enter the 
safety zone shall obey all lawful orders or directions of the Captain 
of the Port or his designated representative.
    (c) Applicable dates. This section applies from 12:01 a.m. November 
16, 2006 to 11:59 p.m. January 16, 2007.

    Dated: November 15, 2006.
Stephen P. Metruck,
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port, Puget Sound.
[FR Doc. E6-21457 Filed 12-15-06; 8:45 am]
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