Security Zone, Elba Island LNG mooring Slip, Savannah River, Savannah, GA, 907-910 [07-38]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 5 / Tuesday, January 9, 2007 / Rules and Regulations 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 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.lD and Department of Homeland Security Management Directive 5100.1, which guide 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. This rule establishes a security zone. Under figure 2–1, paragraph (34)(g), of the Instruction, an ‘‘Environmental Analysis Check List’’ and a ‘‘Categorical Exclusion Determination’’ are available in the docket. bajohnson on PROD1PC69 with RULES List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165 Harbors, Marine safety, Navigation (water), Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Security measures, Vessels, Waterways. I 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 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. VerDate Aug 31 2005 03:41 Jan 09, 2007 Jkt 211001 107–295, 116 Stat. 2064; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1. 2. Add temporary § 165.T05–120 to read as follows: I 907 Dated: December 18, 2006. Brian D. Kelley, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port, Baltimore, Maryland. [FR Doc. E7–58 Filed 1–8–07; 8:45 am] § 165.T05–120 Security Zone; Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, Washington, DC and Arlington and Fairfax Counties, VA. BILLING CODE 4910–15–P (a) Definitions. For the purposes of this section, Captain of the Port Baltimore means the Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, Maryland and any Coast Guard commissioned, warrant, or petty officer who has been authorized by the Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, Maryland to act as a designated representative on his behalf. (b) Location. The following area is a security zone: All waters of the Potomac River, from shoreline to shoreline, bounded by the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge upstream to the Key Bridge, and all waters of the Anacostia River, from shoreline to shoreline, downstream from the Highway 50 Bridge to the confluence with the Potomac River, including the waters of the Georgetown Channel Tidal Basin. (c) Regulations. (1) The general regulations governing security zones found in § 165.33 apply to the security zone described in paragraph (b) of this temporary section. (2) Entry into or remaining in this zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Baltimore or his designated representative. Except for Public vessels and vessels at berth, mooring or at anchor, all vessels in this zone are to depart the security zone. (3) Persons desiring to transit the area of the security zone must first obtain authorization from the Captain of the Port Baltimore. To seek permission to transit the area, the Captain of the Port Baltimore can be contacted at telephone number (410) 576–2693. The Coast Guard vessels enforcing this section can be contacted on Marine Band Radio, VHF–FM channel 16 (156.8 MHz). Upon being hailed by a U.S. Coast Guard vessel by siren, radio, flashing light, or other means, the operator of a vessel shall proceed as directed. If permission is granted, all persons and vessels must comply with the instructions of the Captain of the Port Baltimore and proceed at the minimum speed necessary to maintain a safe course while within the zone. (d) Enforcement. The U.S. Coast Guard may be assisted in the patrol and enforcement of the zone by Federal, State, and local agencies. (e) Enforcement period. This section will be enforced from 8 a.m. on January 23, 2007, through 8 a.m. on January 24, 2007. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 [COTP SAVANNAH 06–160] RIN 1625–AA87 Security Zone, Elba Island LNG mooring Slip, Savannah River, Savannah, GA Coast Guard, DHS. Interim rule with request for comments. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is establishing a permanent security zone due to changes in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) tankship mooring arrangements following the activation of two new berths within a slip at the Southern LNG Facility on the Savannah River. The security zone includes all the waters from surface to bottom of the northeastern most mooring dolphin to the southeastern most mooring dolphin and continues west along the North and South shoreline of the mooring slip to the shoreline of the right descending bank of the Savannah River. This regulation is necessary to protect life and property on the navigable waters of the Savannah River and within the LNG slip due to potential security risks associated with the LNG Facility. DATES: This interim rule is effective January 9, 2007. Comments and related material must reach the Coast Guard on or before March 12, 2007. ADDRESSES: Comments and material received from the public, as well as documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket [COTP Savannah 06–160], will become part of this docket and will be available for inspection or copying at Marine Safety Unit Savannah, Juliette Gordon Low Federal Building, Suite 1017, 100 W. Oglethorpe, Savannah, Georgia 31401, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lieutenant Robert Webb, Waterways Management Officer, Marine Safety Unit Savannah; (912) 652–4353. E:\FR\FM\MIKE.XXX MIKE 908 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 5 / Tuesday, January 9, 2007 / Rules and Regulations SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulatory Information We did not publish a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for this regulation. Under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for not publishing an NPRM. To protect the LNG slip from potential sabotage and unauthorized access prior to a LNG ship arrival, we are publishing this interim rule with request for comments that will become effective upon publication in the Federal Register. Additionally, under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for making this interim rule effective upon publication in the Federal Register. Delaying implementation of this rule any longer to await public notice and comment would be contrary to the public interest because of the adverse effect on the safety of navigation in the Savannah River, vessel congestion, and the safety and security of LNG transfer operations in the port. Even though, we did not publish an NPRM, we still encourage you to participate in this rulemaking by submitting comments and related material to the docket. We will accept comments for 60 days, after which we intend to publish the final rule. If you submit comments, please include your name and address, identify the docket number for this rulemaking [COTP Savannah 06–160], 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 interim rule in view of them. bajohnson on PROD1PC69 with RULES Public Meeting We do not plan to hold a public meeting on the interim rule. But you may submit a request for a meeting by writing to MSU Savannah (see ADDRESSES above) explaining why one would be beneficial. If we determine that one would aid this rulemaking, we will hold one at the time and place announced by a later notice in the Federal Register. Background and Purpose In May of 2002, Southern LNG, Inc., submitted a letter of intent to expand the LNG facility on Elba Island that would nearly double the LNG storage VerDate Aug 31 2005 03:41 Jan 09, 2007 Jkt 211001 capacity and substantially increase the number of LNG tankship arrivals. The expansion project, completed in early 2006, resulted in the creation of two new berths within a slip at the Southern LNG Facility on the Savannah River. The design of the new slip inadvertently creates a safe refuge off the Savannah River with unrestricted access to LNG berths. As a result, the LNG facility and arriving LNG vessels are put at risk of sabotage or other adverse action that could result in significant damage to property and loss of life. This concern was confirmed by an incident on June 6, 2006, when a sailing vessel entered the LNG slip and anchored for six hours, one day before the scheduled arrival of an LNG carrier. This incident raised security concerns and prompted the LNG facility to conduct a visual inspection of the above water mooring features and a complete underwater survey, in turn delaying the LNG vessel. The visual inspection and underwater survey was necessary to ensure no objects that could potentially harm the vessel or facility were left in the slip. Although the incident did not result in any harm to the facility or vessel, it was recognized by the Coast Guard that a potential vulnerability exists in the security of the LNG slip. Additionally, as the demand for natural gas continues to grow, Southern LNG plans to expand its current operation, potentially increasing both the size and frequency of LNG vessel arrivals and further concerns over a potential accidental spill or intentional release of LNG. The risks and hazards from an LNG spill will vary depending on the size of the spill, environmental conditions, and the site at which the spill occurs. Hazards can include cryogenic burns to the ship’s crew and people nearby or potential damage to the LNG ship from contact with the cryogenic LNG. Vaporization of the liquid LNG can occur once a spill occurs and subsequent ignition of the vapor cloud could cause fires and overpressures that could injure people or cause damage to the tanker’s structure, other LNG tanks, or nearby structures. Therefore, the incident of June 6, 2006, discussed above, the hazards associated with the transportation of LNG, and the expansion of Elba Island LNG facility necessitate making this interim rule effective upon publication with a 60-day request for comment period. Additionally, this security zone is necessary to protect the berths and moored LNG vessels within the LNG slip from potential sabotage and unauthorized access prior to an LNG ship arrival. PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Discussion of Interim Rule The Security Zone encompasses the following area: All the waters from surface to bottom of the northeastern most mooring dolphin located at approximately 32[deg] 05.01’ North, 080[deg] 59.38’ West, to the southeastern most mooring dolphin located at approximately 32[deg] 04.49’ North, 080[deg] 59.20’ West, and continues west along the North and South shoreline of the mooring slip to the shoreline of the right descending bank of the Savannah River. All marine traffic is prohibited from entering this zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port (COTP). Regulatory Evaluation This 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 is unnecessary. These regulations will have minimal impact on recreational and commercial vessels and is necessary to protect the berths and moored LNG vessels within the LNG slip from potential sabotage and unauthorized access prior to an LNG ship arrival. This security zone is outside the channel and outside recreational vessel grounds. It encompasses waters inside the LNG terminal piers. Therefore, it should have a minimal impact on recreational and commercial vessels. 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. 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. This security zone will only restrict access to a limited area, immediately surrounding an LNG facility, where vessels should not be operating due to the danger associated with the facility. E:\FR\FM\MIKE.XXX MIKE Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 5 / Tuesday, January 9, 2007 / Rules and Regulations If you think that your business, organization, or governmental jurisdiction qualifies as a small entity and that this rule would have 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. 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 proposal so that they could better evaluate its effects on them and participate in the rulemaking. If the rule would affect your small business and you have questions concerning its provisions or options for compliance, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Small businesses may also 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). Collection of Information This rule calls 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. bajohnson on PROD1PC69 with RULES 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. This interim rule would not result in such an expenditure. VerDate Aug 31 2005 03:41 Jan 09, 2007 Jkt 211001 Taking of Private Property This 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 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 create an environmental risk to health or risk to safety that might 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. Environment We have analyzed this rule under Commandant Instruction M16475.1D and Department of Homeland Security Management Directive 5100.1, which guide 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. PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 909 Therefore, this rule is categorically excluded, under figure 2–1, paragraph (34)(g), of the Instruction, from further environmental documentation. A final ‘‘Environmental Analysis Checklist’’ and a final ‘‘Categorical Exclusion Determination’’ are available in the docket where indicated under ADDRESSES. List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165 Harbors, Marine safety, Navigation (water), Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Safety 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. A Section 165.751 is added to read as follows: I § 165.751 Security Zone: LNG mooring Slip, Savannah River, Savannah, Georgia. (a) Security Zone. The following area is a security zone: All the waters from surface to bottom of the northeastern most mooring dolphin located at approximately 32[deg]05.01’ North, 080[deg]59.38’ West, to the southeastern most mooring dolphin located at approximately 32[deg]04.49’ North, 080[deg]59.20’ West, and continues west along the North and South shoreline of the mooring slip to the shoreline of the right descending bank of the Savannah River. All marine traffic is prohibited from entering this zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port (COTP). (b) Applicability. This section applies to all vessels including naval and other public vessels, except vessels that are engaged in the following operations: (1) Law enforcement, security, or search and rescue; (2) servicing aids to navigation; (3) surveying, maintenance, or improvement of waters in the security zone; or (4) actively engaged in escort, maneuvering, or support duties for an LNG tankship. (c) Regulations. In accordance with the general regulations in § 165.33 of this part, entry into or movement within this zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Savannah or vessels engaged in activities defined in paragraph (b). E:\FR\FM\MIKE.XXX MIKE 910 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 5 / Tuesday, January 9, 2007 / Rules and Regulations (d) Reporting of Violations. Violations of this section should be reported to the Captain of the Port, Savannah, at (912) 652–4353. In accordance with the general regulations in § 165.13 of this part, no person may cause or authorize the operation of a vessel in the security zone contrary to the provisions of this section. Dated: October 27, 2006. D.W. Murk, Commander, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port. [FR Doc. 07–38 Filed 1–8–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–15–M DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Transit Administration 49 CFR Part 601 [Docket FTA–2006–22428] RIN 2132–AA89 Emergency Procedures for Public Transportation Systems Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule AGENCY: SUMMARY: This rulemaking establishes a new subpart in 601 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, to establish emergency relief procedures for granting relief from Federal transit policy statements, circulars, guidance documents, and regulations in times of national or regional emergencies. DATES: Effective Date: The effective date of this rule is February 8, 2007. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bonnie L. Graves, Attorney-Advisor, Legislation and Regulations Division, Office of Chief Counsel, Federal Transit Administration, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Room 9316, Washington, DC 20590, phone: (202) 366–4011, fax: (202) 366–3809, or e-mail, Bonnie.Graves@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: bajohnson on PROD1PC69 with RULES Availability of the Final Rule You may download this rule from the Department’s Docket Management System (http://dms.dot.gov) by entering docket number 22428 in the search field or from the Government Printing Office’s Federal Register Main Page at http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/ index.html. Users may also download an electronic copy of this document using a modem and suitable communications software from the GPO Electronic Bulletin Board Service at (202) 512–1661. VerDate Aug 31 2005 03:41 Jan 09, 2007 Jkt 211001 I. Background On August 8, 2006, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to establish an ‘‘Emergency Relief Docket’’ for granting relief from Federal transit policy statements, circulars, and guidance documents, in times of national or regional emergency (71 FR 44957). The NPRM was in response to the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, during which FTA received numerous requests for relief from policy statements, circulars, guidance documents, and regulations, from grantees and subgrantees in the immediate disaster zone as well as from grantees and subgrantees in areas receiving evacuees. The NPRM comment period remained open until October 10, 2006. FTA received 14 comments to the docket. FTA reviewed and considered all comments submitted. Commenters included the City of Lincoln, NE; the Metro Regional Transit Authority of Akron, OH; the Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority (OH); Congressman Tim Ryan (OH); Earthquake Solutions (CA); the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (OH); Omnitrans (CA); the Licking County Transit Board (OH); the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (DC); Laketran (OH); the Alaska Department of Transportation; the American Public Transportation Association (APTA); the California Department of Transportation; and one individual. In addition, Senator DeWine (OH) wrote to FTA’s Administrator, James S. Simpson, to bring to his attention the comments made by the Akron Metro Regional Transit Authority. FTA posted Senator DeWine’s letter and Administrator Simpson’s response in the docket. II. Discussion of Comments Two commenters urged FTA not to employ emergency relief dockets. The commenters stated that relief from administrative requirements can be granted with or without a formal request and with or without public consultation. Several commenters stated a concern that requiring grantees and subgrantees to request relief through emergency relief dockets would slow response to emergencies. Others stated they should be permitted to use their federally-funded equipment in times of emergency and notify FTA of the issue as soon as possible but not later than 30 days after the event. In response, we agree with commenters that grantees and subgrantees should have maximum PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 flexibility to assist local responders during an emergency. We want to emphasize that an Emergency Relief Docket will most likely be utilized in the aftermath of an emergency that has regional or national implications. There is no question that a toxic chemical spill, a levee break, or other imminent life-threatening situation requiring immediate evacuation of a local area requires fast action by first responders, including local transit agencies. In cases such as these, the grantee or subgrantee would not request relief through the emergency relief docket; it would simply work with local authorities to evacuate people as quickly as possible, consistent with local emergency plans. However, if a toxic chemical spill or a major flood or other event required ongoing relief efforts over several days or weeks, or the emergency impacted a large geographical area, one or more grantees and subgrantees might need to request relief from policies, circulars, guidance or regulations, and in such cases the Emergency Relief Docket would be used. Three commenters asked how they would notify FTA of the need for relief if there was no electricity or phone service. The NPRM contemplated the inability to access the electronic docket by providing that grantees and subgrantees could contact any FTA regional office, and ask the regional office to submit their request for relief to the docket. While acknowledging that in extreme situations it may be several days before a grantee or subgrantee could contact FTA to request relief from administrative requirements, we believe the option of contacting any regional office or FTA headquarters by telephone or mail, is sufficient if the electricity is not working. And again, FTA notes the purpose of the Emergency Relief Docket is to provide relief in the aftermath of regional or national emergencies, not during imminent life-threatening situations. In the NPRM, FTA proposed that the emergency relief procedures would be triggered by a Presidential declaration of national or regional emergency. We sought comment on whether the proposed emergency procedures should also be triggered by a State Governor’s declaration of emergency. Eight commenters supported the trigger of relief procedures for emergency declarations made by Governors, and one commenter expressed that a Mayoral declaration of emergency in the District of Columbia should trigger the relief procedures, as the Mayor is the highest ranking public official in the jurisdiction. Two commenters stated that an appropriate trigger for relief E:\FR\FM\MIKE.XXX MIKE

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 5 (Tuesday, January 9, 2007)]
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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 165

[COTP SAVANNAH 06-160]
RIN 1625-AA87


Security Zone, Elba Island LNG mooring Slip, Savannah River, 
Savannah, GA

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Interim rule with request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is establishing a permanent security zone due 
to changes in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) tankship mooring arrangements 
following the activation of two new berths within a slip at the 
Southern LNG Facility on the Savannah River. The security zone includes 
all the waters from surface to bottom of the northeastern most mooring 
dolphin to the southeastern most mooring dolphin and continues west 
along the North and South shoreline of the mooring slip to the 
shoreline of the right descending bank of the Savannah River. This 
regulation is necessary to protect life and property on the navigable 
waters of the Savannah River and within the LNG slip due to potential 
security risks associated with the LNG Facility.

DATES: This interim rule is effective January 9, 2007. Comments and 
related material must reach the Coast Guard on or before March 12, 
2007.

ADDRESSES: Comments and material received from the public, as well as 
documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket 
[COTP Savannah 06-160], will become part of this docket and will be 
available for inspection or copying at Marine Safety Unit Savannah, 
Juliette Gordon Low Federal Building, Suite 1017, 100 W. Oglethorpe, 
Savannah, Georgia 31401, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lieutenant Robert Webb, Waterways 
Management Officer, Marine Safety Unit Savannah; (912) 652-4353.



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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Regulatory Information

    We did not publish a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for this 
regulation. Under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), the Coast Guard finds that good 
cause exists for not publishing an NPRM. To protect the LNG slip from 
potential sabotage and unauthorized access prior to a LNG ship arrival, 
we are publishing this interim rule with request for comments that will 
become effective upon publication in the Federal Register. 
Additionally, under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), the Coast Guard finds that good 
cause exists for making this interim rule effective upon publication in 
the Federal Register. Delaying implementation of this rule any longer 
to await public notice and comment would be contrary to the public 
interest because of the adverse effect on the safety of navigation in 
the Savannah River, vessel congestion, and the safety and security of 
LNG transfer operations in the port.
    Even though, we did not publish an NPRM, we still encourage you to 
participate in this rulemaking by submitting comments and related 
material to the docket. We will accept comments for 60 days, after 
which we intend to publish the final rule. If you submit comments, 
please include your name and address, identify the docket number for 
this rulemaking [COTP Savannah 06-160], 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 interim rule in view of them.

Public Meeting

    We do not plan to hold a public meeting on the interim rule. But 
you may submit a request for a meeting by writing to MSU Savannah (see 
ADDRESSES above) explaining why one would be beneficial. If we 
determine that one would aid this rulemaking, we will hold one at the 
time and place announced by a later notice in the Federal Register.

Background and Purpose

    In May of 2002, Southern LNG, Inc., submitted a letter of intent to 
expand the LNG facility on Elba Island that would nearly double the LNG 
storage capacity and substantially increase the number of LNG tankship 
arrivals. The expansion project, completed in early 2006, resulted in 
the creation of two new berths within a slip at the Southern LNG 
Facility on the Savannah River. The design of the new slip 
inadvertently creates a safe refuge off the Savannah River with 
unrestricted access to LNG berths. As a result, the LNG facility and 
arriving LNG vessels are put at risk of sabotage or other adverse 
action that could result in significant damage to property and loss of 
life.
    This concern was confirmed by an incident on June 6, 2006, when a 
sailing vessel entered the LNG slip and anchored for six hours, one day 
before the scheduled arrival of an LNG carrier. This incident raised 
security concerns and prompted the LNG facility to conduct a visual 
inspection of the above water mooring features and a complete 
underwater survey, in turn delaying the LNG vessel. The visual 
inspection and underwater survey was necessary to ensure no objects 
that could potentially harm the vessel or facility were left in the 
slip. Although the incident did not result in any harm to the facility 
or vessel, it was recognized by the Coast Guard that a potential 
vulnerability exists in the security of the LNG slip.
    Additionally, as the demand for natural gas continues to grow, 
Southern LNG plans to expand its current operation, potentially 
increasing both the size and frequency of LNG vessel arrivals and 
further concerns over a potential accidental spill or intentional 
release of LNG. The risks and hazards from an LNG spill will vary 
depending on the size of the spill, environmental conditions, and the 
site at which the spill occurs. Hazards can include cryogenic burns to 
the ship's crew and people nearby or potential damage to the LNG ship 
from contact with the cryogenic LNG. Vaporization of the liquid LNG can 
occur once a spill occurs and subsequent ignition of the vapor cloud 
could cause fires and overpressures that could injure people or cause 
damage to the tanker's structure, other LNG tanks, or nearby 
structures.
    Therefore, the incident of June 6, 2006, discussed above, the 
hazards associated with the transportation of LNG, and the expansion of 
Elba Island LNG facility necessitate making this interim rule effective 
upon publication with a 60-day request for comment period. 
Additionally, this security zone is necessary to protect the berths and 
moored LNG vessels within the LNG slip from potential sabotage and 
unauthorized access prior to an LNG ship arrival.

Discussion of Interim Rule

    The Security Zone encompasses the following area: All the waters 
from surface to bottom of the northeastern most mooring dolphin located 
at approximately 32[deg] 05.01' North, 080[deg] 59.38' West, to the 
southeastern most mooring dolphin located at approximately 32[deg] 
04.49' North, 080[deg] 59.20' West, and continues west along the North 
and South shoreline of the mooring slip to the shoreline of the right 
descending bank of the Savannah River. All marine traffic is prohibited 
from entering this zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port 
(COTP).

Regulatory Evaluation

    This 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 is unnecessary. These 
regulations will have minimal impact on recreational and commercial 
vessels and is necessary to protect the berths and moored LNG vessels 
within the LNG slip from potential sabotage and unauthorized access 
prior to an LNG ship arrival. This security zone is outside the channel 
and outside recreational vessel grounds. It encompasses waters inside 
the LNG terminal piers. Therefore, it should have a minimal impact on 
recreational and commercial vessels.

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.
    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. This security zone will only restrict access to a limited 
area, immediately surrounding an LNG facility, where vessels should not 
be operating due to the danger associated with the facility.

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    If you think that your business, organization, or governmental 
jurisdiction qualifies as a small entity and that this rule would have 
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.

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 proposal so that they could better 
evaluate its effects on them and participate in the rulemaking. If the 
rule would affect your small business and you have questions concerning 
its provisions or options for compliance, please contact the person 
listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Small businesses may also 
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).

Collection of Information

    This rule calls 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 a State, local, or tribal government, in 
the aggregate, or by the private sector of $100,000,000 or more in any 
one year. This interim rule would not result in such an expenditure.

Taking of Private Property

    This 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 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 create an 
environmental risk to health or risk to safety that might 
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.

Environment

    We have analyzed this rule under Commandant Instruction M16475.1D 
and Department of Homeland Security Management Directive 5100.1, which 
guide 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. A final ``Environmental Analysis Checklist'' and a final 
``Categorical Exclusion Determination'' are available in the docket 
where indicated under ADDRESSES.

List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165

    Harbors, Marine safety, Navigation (water), Reporting and 
recordkeeping requirements, Safety 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. A Section 165.751 is added to read as follows:


Sec.  165.751  Security Zone: LNG mooring Slip, Savannah River, 
Savannah, Georgia.

    (a) Security Zone. The following area is a security zone: All the 
waters from surface to bottom of the northeastern most mooring dolphin 
located at approximately 32[deg]05.01' North, 080[deg]59.38' West, to 
the southeastern most mooring dolphin located at approximately 
32[deg]04.49' North, 080[deg]59.20' West, and continues west along the 
North and South shoreline of the mooring slip to the shoreline of the 
right descending bank of the Savannah River. All marine traffic is 
prohibited from entering this zone unless authorized by the Captain of 
the Port (COTP).
    (b) Applicability. This section applies to all vessels including 
naval and other public vessels, except vessels that are engaged in the 
following operations: (1) Law enforcement, security, or search and 
rescue; (2) servicing aids to navigation; (3) surveying, maintenance, 
or improvement of waters in the security zone; or (4) actively engaged 
in escort, maneuvering, or support duties for an LNG tankship.
    (c) Regulations. In accordance with the general regulations in 
Sec.  165.33 of this part, entry into or movement within this zone is 
prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Savannah or 
vessels engaged in activities defined in paragraph (b).

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    (d) Reporting of Violations. Violations of this section should be 
reported to the Captain of the Port, Savannah, at (912) 652-4353. In 
accordance with the general regulations in Sec.  165.13 of this part, 
no person may cause or authorize the operation of a vessel in the 
security zone contrary to the provisions of this section.

    Dated: October 27, 2006.
D.W. Murk,
Commander, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port.
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