Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Bonfouca Bayou, Slidell, LA, 63530-63532 [E7-21884]

Download as PDF 63530 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 217 / Friday, November 9, 2007 / Proposed Rules time to review and comment on the transcripts of the public hearings. MSHA is extending the comment period to November 16, 2007. This action allows commenters sufficient time to review the posted transcripts and submit comments. All comments and other appropriate data must be submitted by midnight, November 16, 2007, Eastern Standard Time. Dated: November 6, 2007. Richard E. Stickler, Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health. [FR Doc. E7–22089 Filed 11–8–07; 8:45 am] will post all comments on the Internet without change, including any personal information provided. Comments may also be reviewed at the Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, 1100 Wilson Blvd., Room 2350, Arlington, Virginia. Sign in at the receptionist’s desk on the 21st floor. 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ADDRESSES: Comments must be clearly identified and may be submitted by any of the following methods: (1) Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. (2) Electronic mail: zzMSHAComments@dol.gov. Include ‘‘RIN 1219–AB53’’ in the subject line of the message. (3) Telefax: (202) 693–9441. Include ‘‘RIN 1219–AB53’’ in the subject. (4) Regular Mail: MSHA, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, 1100 Wilson Blvd., Room 2350, Arlington, Virginia, 22209–3939. (5) Hand Delivery or Courier: MSHA, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, 1100 Wilson Blvd., Room 2350, Arlington, Virginia 22209–3939. Sign in at the receptionist’s desk on the 21st floor. (6) Docket: Comments can be accessed electronically at http://www.msha.gov under the ‘‘Rules and Regs’’ link. MSHA VerDate Aug<31>2005 Patricia W. Silvey, Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, MSHA, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2350, Arlington, Virginia 22209–3939. Ms. Silvey can be reached at Silvey.Patricia@dol.gov (Internet Email), (202) 693–9440 (voice), or (202) 693–9441 (facsimile). This notice is available on the Internet at http:// www.msha.gov/REGSINFO.HTM. Dated: November 6, 2007. Richard E. Stickler, Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health. [FR Doc. E7–22088 Filed 11–8–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–43–P PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 117 [CGD08–07–033] RIN 1625–AA09 Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Bonfouca Bayou, Slidell, LA Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of proposed rulemaking. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The Coast Guard proposes to change the regulation governing the operation of the State Route 433 (S433) swing span bridge across Bonfouca Bayou, mile 7.0, at Slidell, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has requested changes to the present drawbridge operating regulations to make more efficient use of operating resources and to enhance the flow of vehicles across the bridge during peak traffic hours. DATES: Comments and related material must reach the Coast Guard on or before January 8, 2008. 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) 671–2128. 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 [CGD08–07–033], 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 E:\FR\FM\09NOP1.SGM 09NOP1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 217 / Friday, November 9, 2007 / Proposed Rules 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. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with PROPOSALS 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 Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has requested that the operating regulation of the S433 swing span bridge be changed in order to make more efficient use of operating resources. Currently 33 CFR 117.433 reads: The draw of the S433 bridge, mile 7.0, at Slidell shall operated as follows: (a) The draw need not open for passage of vessels from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Monday through Friday except federal holidays. (b) The draw need open only on the hour and half-hour from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday except federal holidays. (c) The draw shall open on signal from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., if at least four hours notice is given to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Security Service at (504) 375–0100. (d) At all other times the draw shall open on signal. The bridge owner has requested that the operating regulation be changed to read as follows: The draw of the S433 Bridge, mile 7.0 at Slidell, shall open on signal, except that from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., the draw shall open on signal if at least two hours notice is given. On Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays, the draw need not open for the passage of vessels from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Traffic counts indicate that the majority of vehicular traffic crosses the bridge between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. and between 1:45 p.m. and 2:45 p.m., rush hours for commuters and school busses. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development believes that the proposed operating regulation will accommodate most vehicular traffic, and that the needs of navigation will also be met, while making the best use of available VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:12 Nov 08, 2007 Jkt 214001 personnel to operate the bridge. Most of the vessels that request openings are commercial vessels consisting of small tugboats with one or two barges, shrimp trawlers and large recreational powerboats and sailboats that routinely transit this waterway and are able to give advance notice. Concurrent with the publication of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, a Test Deviation [CGD08–07–034], has been issued to allow the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development to test the proposed schedule and to obtain data and public comments. The test period will be in effect during the entire Notice of Proposed Rulemaking comment period. The Coast Guard will review the logs of the drawbridge and evaluate public comments from this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and the above referenced Temporary Deviation to determine if a permanent special drawbridge operating regulation is warranted. The Test Deviation allows the draw of the S433 Bridge to operate as follows: The draw of the S433 Bridge, mile 7.0 at Slidell, shall open on signal, except that from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., the draw shall open on signal if at least two hours notice is given. On Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays, the draw need not open for the passage of vessels from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Discussion of Proposed Rule The proposed rule change to 33 CFR 117.433 would reduce the hours that the bridge must be manned during the period between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., making more efficient use of operating resources. The proposed rule change will also delete the incorrect area code and the telephone number provided in subpart (c) of the regulation, which is not necessary since the telephone number is required to be posted on 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. We expect the economic impact of this proposed rule to be so minimal that a full Regulatory Evaluation is unnecessary. The existing special operating regulation has been in place since March, 1997 and the Coast Guard has not received complaints regarding the PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 63531 drawbridge operating schedule. The current and historical waterway traffic is very minimal with an average of 2.5 signals to open a day. Most signals come from commercial vessels and recreational craft that are able to schedule an opening in advance. 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 a limited number of small entities. These entities include operators of tug boats and trawlers using the waterway. This proposed rule will have no impact on any small entities because they are able to give notice prior to transiting through this bridge, and most vessel operators that require an opening are currently providing advance notice. If you think that your business, organization, or governmental jurisdiction qualifies as a small entity and that this rule would have a significant economic impact on it, please submit a comment (see ADDRESSES) explaining why you think it qualifies and how and to what degree this rule would economically affect it. 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 E:\FR\FM\09NOP1.SGM 09NOP1 63532 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 217 / Friday, November 9, 2007 / Proposed Rules Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501–3520.). power and responsibilities between the Federal Government and Indian tribes. Federalism 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. 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 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 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. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with PROPOSALS 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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:12 Nov 08, 2007 Jkt 214001 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.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 made a preliminary determination 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, we believe that this rule should be categorically excluded, under figure 2–1, (32)(e), of the Instruction, from further environmental documentation. Under figure 2–1, paragraph (32)(e), an ‘‘Environmental Analysis Check List’’ or ‘‘Categorical Exclusion Determination’’ is not required for this rule. Comments on this section will be considered before PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 we make the final decision on whether to categorically exclude this rule from further environmental review. List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 117 Bridges. 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; 33 CFR 1.05–1(g); Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1. 2. § 117.433 is revised to read as follows: § 117.433 Bonfouca Bayou. The draw of the S433 Bridge, mile 7.0, at Slidell, shall open on signal, except that from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., the draw shall open on signal if at least 2 hours notice is given. On Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays, the draw need not open for the passage of vessels from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Dated: October 29, 2007. Joel R. Whitehead, Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. E7–21884 Filed 11–8–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–15–P LIBRARY OF CONGRESS Copyright Royalty Board 37 CFR Part 383 [Docket No. 2005–5 CRB DTNSRA] Digital Performance Right in Sound Recordings and Ephemeral Recordings for a New Subscription Service Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking. 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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 117

[CGD08-07-033]
RIN 1625-AA09


Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Bonfouca Bayou, Slidell, LA

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard proposes to change the regulation governing 
the operation of the State Route 433 (S433) swing span bridge across 
Bonfouca Bayou, mile 7.0, at Slidell, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. 
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has 
requested changes to the present drawbridge operating regulations to 
make more efficient use of operating resources and to enhance the flow 
of vehicles across the bridge during peak traffic hours.

DATES: Comments and related material must reach the Coast Guard on or 
before January 8, 2008.

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) 671-2128.

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 [CGD08-07-
033], 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

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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 Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has 
requested that the operating regulation of the S433 swing span bridge 
be changed in order to make more efficient use of operating resources.
    Currently 33 CFR 117.433 reads: The draw of the S433 bridge, mile 
7.0, at Slidell shall operated as follows:
    (a) The draw need not open for passage of vessels from 7 a.m. to 8 
a.m. and from 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Monday through Friday except 
federal holidays.
    (b) The draw need open only on the hour and half-hour from 6 a.m. 
to 7 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday except 
federal holidays.
    (c) The draw shall open on signal from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., if at 
least four hours notice is given to the Louisiana Department of 
Transportation and Development Security Service at (504) 375-0100.
    (d) At all other times the draw shall open on signal. The bridge 
owner has requested that the operating regulation be changed to read as 
follows: The draw of the S433 Bridge, mile 7.0 at Slidell, shall open 
on signal, except that from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., the draw shall open on 
signal if at least two hours notice is given. On Monday through Friday, 
except Federal holidays, the draw need not open for the passage of 
vessels from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
    Traffic counts indicate that the majority of vehicular traffic 
crosses the bridge between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. and between 1:45 p.m. and 
2:45 p.m., rush hours for commuters and school busses. The Louisiana 
Department of Transportation and Development believes that the proposed 
operating regulation will accommodate most vehicular traffic, and that 
the needs of navigation will also be met, while making the best use of 
available personnel to operate the bridge. Most of the vessels that 
request openings are commercial vessels consisting of small tugboats 
with one or two barges, shrimp trawlers and large recreational 
powerboats and sailboats that routinely transit this waterway and are 
able to give advance notice.
    Concurrent with the publication of the Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking, a Test Deviation [CGD08-07-034], has been issued to allow 
the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development to test the 
proposed schedule and to obtain data and public comments. The test 
period will be in effect during the entire Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking comment period. The Coast Guard will review the logs of the 
drawbridge and evaluate public comments from this Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking and the above referenced Temporary Deviation to determine if 
a permanent special drawbridge operating regulation is warranted.
    The Test Deviation allows the draw of the S433 Bridge to operate as 
follows: The draw of the S433 Bridge, mile 7.0 at Slidell, shall open 
on signal, except that from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., the draw shall open on 
signal if at least two hours notice is given. On Monday through Friday, 
except Federal holidays, the draw need not open for the passage of 
vessels from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Discussion of Proposed Rule

    The proposed rule change to 33 CFR 117.433 would reduce the hours 
that the bridge must be manned during the period between 6 p.m. and 6 
a.m., making more efficient use of operating resources. The proposed 
rule change will also delete the incorrect area code and the telephone 
number provided in subpart (c) of the regulation, which is not 
necessary since the telephone number is required to be posted on 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.
    We expect the economic impact of this proposed rule to be so 
minimal that a full Regulatory Evaluation is unnecessary.
    The existing special operating regulation has been in place since 
March, 1997 and the Coast Guard has not received complaints regarding 
the drawbridge operating schedule. The current and historical waterway 
traffic is very minimal with an average of 2.5 signals to open a day. 
Most signals come from commercial vessels and recreational craft that 
are able to schedule an opening in advance.

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 a limited 
number of small entities. These entities include operators of tug boats 
and trawlers using the waterway. This proposed rule will have no impact 
on any small entities because they are able to give notice prior to 
transiting through this bridge, and most vessel operators that require 
an opening are currently providing advance notice.
    If you think that your business, organization, or governmental 
jurisdiction qualifies as a small entity and that this rule would have 
a significant economic impact on it, please submit a comment (see 
ADDRESSES) explaining why you think it qualifies and how and to what 
degree this rule would economically affect it.

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

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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 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 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.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 
made a preliminary determination 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, we believe that this rule should be 
categorically excluded, under figure 2-1, (32)(e), of the Instruction, 
from further environmental documentation. Under figure 2-1, paragraph 
(32)(e), an ``Environmental Analysis Check List'' or ``Categorical 
Exclusion Determination'' is not required for this rule. Comments on 
this section will be considered before we make the final decision on 
whether to categorically exclude this rule from further environmental 
review.

List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 117

    Bridges.

    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; 33 CFR 1.05-1(g); Department of 
Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1.

    2. Sec.  117.433 is revised to read as follows:


Sec.  117.433  Bonfouca Bayou.

    The draw of the S433 Bridge, mile 7.0, at Slidell, shall open on 
signal, except that from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., the draw shall open on 
signal if at least 2 hours notice is given. On Monday through Friday, 
except Federal holidays, the draw need not open for the passage of 
vessels from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

    Dated: October 29, 2007.
Joel R. Whitehead,
Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District.
[FR Doc. E7-21884 Filed 11-8-07; 8:45 am]
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