Drawbridge Operation Regulations: Isle of Wight Bay (Sinepuxent Bay), Ocean City, MD, 5093-5095 [E8-1567]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 19 / Tuesday, January 29, 2008 / Rules and Regulations This rule does not use technical standards. Therefore, we did not consider the use of voluntary consensus standards. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Environment 33 CFR Part 117 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 (32) (e) of the Instruction, from further environmental documentation because it has been determined that the promulgation of operating regulations for drawbridges are categorically excluded. The Coast Guard has determined that changing the operating schedule for the SR 1172 Bridge will not have any foreseeable effect on any coastal uses or natural resources within the coastal zone of the State of North Carolina. [USCG–2007–0065 [previously published as CGD05–07–100]] List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 117 Bridges. For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 33 CFR part 117 as follows: I PART 117—DRAWBRIDGE OPERATION REGULATIONS 1. The authority citation for part 117 continues to read as follows: I 2. In § 117.821, paragraph (a)(5) is revised to read as follows: I § 117.821 Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Albermarle Sound to Sunset Beach. * * * * (a) * * * (5) S.R. 1172 Bridge, mile 337.9, at Sunset Beach, NC, shall open on the hour on signal between 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. * * * * * rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with RULES * Dated: December 18, 2007. Fred M. Rosa, Jr., Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. E8–1476 Filed 1–28–08; 8:45 am] VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:22 Jan 28, 2008 Jkt 214001 RIN 1625–AA09 Drawbridge Operation Regulations: Isle of Wight Bay (Sinepuxent Bay), Ocean City, MD Coast Guard, DHS. Final temporary rule. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is temporarily changing the regulations that govern the operation of the U.S. 50 Bridge across the Isle of Wight Bay (Sinepuxent Bay), at mile 0.5, in Ocean City, MD. This closure is necessary to facilitate extensive rehabilitation and to maintain the bridge’s operational integrity. Vessels that can pass under the bridge without a bridge opening may do so at all times. DATES: This rule is effective from 8 a.m. on Monday, January 7, 2008 until and including 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 21, 2008. ADDRESSES: Comments and related materials received from the public, as well as documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket, are part of docket USCG–2007– 0065. The docket is available at http:// www.regulations.gov and will include any personal information you have provided. If you have questions on this rule, call Sandra S. Elliott, Bridge Management Specialist, Fifth Coast Guard District, at (757) 398–6557. If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202–366–9826. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Authority: 33 U.S.C. 499; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1; 33 CFR 1.05–1(g); section 117.255 also issued under the authority of Pub. L. 102–587, 106 Stat. 5039. BILLING CODE 4910–15–P Coast Guard Regulatory Information On October 1, 2007, the new Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) was established and FDMS numbers were assigned to all actions published in the Federal Register. New FDMS numbers are posted and requested comments are reviewed at www.regulations.gov. The FDMS number assigned to this rule is USCG– 2007–0065. On November 8, 2007, we published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) entitled ‘‘Drawbridge Operation Regulations: Isle of Wight Bay PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 5093 (Sinepuxent Bay), Ocean City, Maryland’’ in the Federal Register (72 FR 63156). The previously assigned NPRM docket number was CGD05–07– 100. We received no comments on the proposed rule. No public meeting was requested, and none was held. Under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for making this rule effective in less than 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. The bridge repairs, scheduled to begin on January 7, 2008, are necessary repairs that must be performed with all due speed to assure the continued safe and reliable operation of the bridge. Any delay in making this rule effective would not be in the best interest of public safety and the marine interests that use Isle of Wight Bay (Sinepuxent Bay). We received no comments on the published NPRM, which included the effective period, indicating a need to delay the effective date of this temporary final rule. Background and Purpose Maryland Department of Transportation-State Highway Administration (MDOT) owns and operates the bascule span of the U.S. 50 Bridge, at mile 0.5, across Isle of Wight Bay (Sinepuxent Bay) in Ocean City, MD. The bridge has a vertical clearance in the closed position to vessels of 13 feet, above mean high water (vertical clearance at center of channel increased by five feet). The current regulations are outlined at 33 CFR 117.559, which require the bridge to open on signal except: From October 1 through April 30 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., the draw shall open if at least three hours notice is given and from May 25 through September 15 from 9:25 a.m. to 9:55 p.m., the draw shall open at 25 minutes after and 55 minutes after the hour for a maximum of five minutes to let accumulated vessels pass, except that, on Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the draw shall open on the hour for all waiting vessels and shall remain in the open position until all waiting vessels pass. The Office of Bridge Inspection and Remedial Engineering, a division under MDOT, requested a change to the existing operating drawbridge regulations to accommodate the necessary repairs. The repairs include replacing the existing north and south pinion/bull gear sets in the west bascule leaf and replacing the existing grid deck in the bascule span. To facilitate the repairs, the drawbridge will be locked in the closed-to-navigation position from 8 a.m. on Monday, January 7, 2008 until E:\FR\FM\29JAR1.SGM 29JAR1 5094 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 19 / Tuesday, January 29, 2008 / Rules and Regulations and including 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 21, 2008. Information provided by MDOT indicates that during the winter months, in January and February, the bridge has an opening frequency of five openings per month. Vessel operators with mast height lower than 13 feet still can transit through the drawbridge across Isle of Wight Bay (Sinepuxent Bay) during the rehabilitation. The project will also require a small barge, measuring 8 feet by 27 feet, for the gear removal/grid deck installation. The barge will only be needed for a six-day period and removed at the end of each procedure at the end of each day. However, the barge can be removed during an emergency at any time. Also, the Atlantic Ocean is an alternate route for vessels with a mast height greater than 13 feet. Therefore, vessels should not be negatively impacted by this temporary change. Discussion of Comments and Changes The Coast Guard received no comments to the NPRM. Based on the information provided, we will implement a final temporary rule with no changes to the NPRM. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with RULES Discussion of Rule The Coast Guard is suspending the operating regulations at 33 CFR 117.559 for the U.S. 50 Bridge at mile 0.5, in Ocean City, Maryland from 8 a.m. on January 7, 2008, through 5 p.m. on February 21, 2008. During this suspension period, the Coast Guard will implement temporary operating regulations for this bridge. The final temporary rule states that the bridge need not be opened by the bridge operator, Maryland Department of Transportation-State Highway Administration, during this period. 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. Due to the historical average number of bridge openings during this time period, this temporary change will have only a minimal impact on maritime traffic seeking to transit the bridge. Vessel operators with mast height lower than 13 feet still can transit through the drawbridge across Isle of Wight Bay (Sinepuxent Bay) during the rehabilitation. Also, the Atlantic Ocean is an alternate route for vessels with a mast height greater than 13 feet who VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:22 Jan 28, 2008 Jkt 214001 cannot transit under the bridge during this period. 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 rule will affect the following entities, some of which might be small entities: Owners and operators of vessels with over 13 feet of mast height seeking to transit the bridge between 8 a.m. on January 7, 2008, through 5 p.m. on February 21, 2008. This rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities because vessel operators with mast height lower than 13 feet still can transit thorough the drawbridge. The Atlantic Ocean is an alternate route for vessels with a mast height greater than 13 feet. Assistance for Small Entities Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104–121), we offered to assist small entities in understanding the rule so that they could better evaluate its effects on them and participate in the rulemaking process. Small businesses may send comments on the actions of Federal employees who enforce, or otherwise determine compliance with, Federal regulations to the Small Business and Agriculture Regulatory Enforcement Ombudsman and the Regional Small Business Regulatory Fairness Boards. The Ombudsman evaluates these actions annually and rates each agency’s responsiveness to small business. If you wish to comment on actions by employees of the Coast Guard, call 1– 888–REG–FAIR (1–888–734–3247). The Coast Guard will not retaliate against small entities that question or complain about this rule or any policy or action of the Coast Guard. 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. Though this 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 rule will 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 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 would not create an environmental risk to health or risk to safety that might disproportionately affect children. Collection of Information 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. This rule calls for no new collection of information under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501– 3520). Energy Effects We have analyzed this rule under Executive Order 13211, Actions Concerning Regulations That PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\29JAR1.SGM 29JAR1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 19 / Tuesday, January 29, 2008 / Rules and Regulations 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 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 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 because this rule involves drawbridge regulations. Therefore, this rule is categorically excluded, under figure 2–1, paragraph (32)(e) of the Instruction, from further environmental documentation. § 117.559 Isle of Wight Bay. * * * * * (b) From 8 a.m. on January 7, 2008 through 5 p.m. on February 21, 2008, the draw of the U.S. 50 Bridge, mile 0.5, at Ocean City, need not be opened. Dated: 16 January 2008. Fred M. Rosa, Jr., Rear Admiral, United States Coast Guard, Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. E8–1567 Filed 1–28–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–15–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 117 Drawbridge Operation Regulations CFR Correction In Title 33 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 1 to 124, revised as of July 1, 2007, in part 117, under ILLINOIS, on page 587, reinstate § 117.397 to read as follows: § 117.397 Wabash River. The draws of each bridge across the Wabash River shall open on signal if at least 72 hours notice is given. [FR Doc. 08–55502 Filed 1–28–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 1505–01–D DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 RIN 1625–AA87 Bridges. Words of Issuance and Regulatory Text For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard temporarily amends 33 CFR part 117 as follows: I rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with RULES 2. From 8 a.m. on January 7, 2008 through 5 p.m. on February 21, 2008, temporarily designate the regulatory text in § 117.559 as paragraph (a), temporarily suspend newly designated paragraph (a), and temporarily add paragraph (b) to read as follows: I [USCG–2008–0005] List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 117 PART 117—DRAWBRIDGE OPERATION REGULATIONS 1. The authority citation for part 117 continues to read as follows: I VerDate Aug<31>2005 Authority: 33 U.S.C. 499; 33 CFR 1.05–1; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1. 16:22 Jan 28, 2008 Jkt 214001 Security Zone; Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, Washington, DC and Arlington and Fairfax Counties, VA Coast Guard, DHS Temporary final rule. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary security zone, encompassing certain waters of the Potomac River and Anacostia River, for PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 5095 the 2008 State of the Union Address. This action is necessary to safeguard the public and high-ranking public officials from terrorist acts or incidents. This rule prohibits vessels and people from entering the security zone and requires vessels and persons in the security zone to depart the security zone, unless specifically exempt under the provisions in this rule or granted specific permission from the Coast Guard Captain of the Port Baltimore. DATES: This rule is effective from 8 a.m. on January 28, 2008, through 8 a.m. on January 29, 2008. ADDRESSES: Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket are part of docket USCG–2008– 0005 and are available online at www.regulations.gov. They are also available for inspection or copying at the Docket Management Facility (M–30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ronald L. Houck, Waterways Management Division, at (410) 576– 2674. 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) and (d)(3), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for not publishing an NPRM and for making this rule effective less than 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. It would be contrary to public interest to delay the effective date of this rule. The Department of Homeland Security designated the 2008 State of the Union Address a National Special Security Event (NSSE). The Coast Guard is establishing this security zone to support the United States Secret Service, the designated lead federal agency for an NSSE, in their efforts to coordinate security operations and establish a secure environment for this highly visible and publicized event. The measures contemplated by the rule are intended to protect the public and high-ranking public officials by preventing waterborne acts of terrorism, which terrorists have demonstrated a capability to carry out. Immediate action is needed to defend against and deter these terrorist acts. Background and Purpose The ongoing hostilities in Afghanistan and Iraq have made it prudent for U.S. E:\FR\FM\29JAR1.SGM 29JAR1

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 117

[USCG-2007-0065 [previously published as CGD05-07-100]]
RIN 1625-AA09


Drawbridge Operation Regulations: Isle of Wight Bay (Sinepuxent 
Bay), Ocean City, MD

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Final temporary rule.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is temporarily changing the regulations that 
govern the operation of the U.S. 50 Bridge across the Isle of Wight Bay 
(Sinepuxent Bay), at mile 0.5, in Ocean City, MD. This closure is 
necessary to facilitate extensive rehabilitation and to maintain the 
bridge's operational integrity. Vessels that can pass under the bridge 
without a bridge opening may do so at all times.

DATES: This rule is effective from 8 a.m. on Monday, January 7, 2008 
until and including 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 21, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Comments and related materials received from the public, as 
well as documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the 
docket, are part of docket USCG-2007-0065. The docket is available at 
http://www.regulations.gov and will include any personal information 
you have provided.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this rule, 
call Sandra S. Elliott, Bridge Management Specialist, Fifth Coast Guard 
District, at (757) 398-6557. If you have questions on viewing or 
submitting material to the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program 
Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Regulatory Information

    On October 1, 2007, the new Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) 
was established and FDMS numbers were assigned to all actions published 
in the Federal Register. New FDMS numbers are posted and requested 
comments are reviewed at www.regulations.gov. The FDMS number assigned 
to this rule is USCG-2007-0065.
    On November 8, 2007, we published a notice of proposed rulemaking 
(NPRM) entitled ``Drawbridge Operation Regulations: Isle of Wight Bay 
(Sinepuxent Bay), Ocean City, Maryland'' in the Federal Register (72 FR 
63156). The previously assigned NPRM docket number was CGD05-07-100. We 
received no comments on the proposed rule. No public meeting was 
requested, and none was held.
    Under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), the Coast Guard finds that good cause 
exists for making this rule effective in less than 30 days after 
publication in the Federal Register. The bridge repairs, scheduled to 
begin on January 7, 2008, are necessary repairs that must be performed 
with all due speed to assure the continued safe and reliable operation 
of the bridge. Any delay in making this rule effective would not be in 
the best interest of public safety and the marine interests that use 
Isle of Wight Bay (Sinepuxent Bay). We received no comments on the 
published NPRM, which included the effective period, indicating a need 
to delay the effective date of this temporary final rule.

Background and Purpose

    Maryland Department of Transportation-State Highway Administration 
(MDOT) owns and operates the bascule span of the U.S. 50 Bridge, at 
mile 0.5, across Isle of Wight Bay (Sinepuxent Bay) in Ocean City, MD. 
The bridge has a vertical clearance in the closed position to vessels 
of 13 feet, above mean high water (vertical clearance at center of 
channel increased by five feet). The current regulations are outlined 
at 33 CFR 117.559, which require the bridge to open on signal except: 
From October 1 through April 30 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., the draw shall 
open if at least three hours notice is given and from May 25 through 
September 15 from 9:25 a.m. to 9:55 p.m., the draw shall open at 25 
minutes after and 55 minutes after the hour for a maximum of five 
minutes to let accumulated vessels pass, except that, on Saturdays from 
1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the draw shall open on the hour for all waiting 
vessels and shall remain in the open position until all waiting vessels 
pass.
    The Office of Bridge Inspection and Remedial Engineering, a 
division under MDOT, requested a change to the existing operating 
drawbridge regulations to accommodate the necessary repairs. The 
repairs include replacing the existing north and south pinion/bull gear 
sets in the west bascule leaf and replacing the existing grid deck in 
the bascule span. To facilitate the repairs, the drawbridge will be 
locked in the closed-to-navigation position from 8 a.m. on Monday, 
January 7, 2008 until

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and including 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 21, 2008.
    Information provided by MDOT indicates that during the winter 
months, in January and February, the bridge has an opening frequency of 
five openings per month. Vessel operators with mast height lower than 
13 feet still can transit through the drawbridge across Isle of Wight 
Bay (Sinepuxent Bay) during the rehabilitation. The project will also 
require a small barge, measuring 8 feet by 27 feet, for the gear 
removal/grid deck installation. The barge will only be needed for a 
six-day period and removed at the end of each procedure at the end of 
each day. However, the barge can be removed during an emergency at any 
time. Also, the Atlantic Ocean is an alternate route for vessels with a 
mast height greater than 13 feet. Therefore, vessels should not be 
negatively impacted by this temporary change.

Discussion of Comments and Changes

    The Coast Guard received no comments to the NPRM. Based on the 
information provided, we will implement a final temporary rule with no 
changes to the NPRM.

Discussion of Rule

    The Coast Guard is suspending the operating regulations at 33 CFR 
117.559 for the U.S. 50 Bridge at mile 0.5, in Ocean City, Maryland 
from 8 a.m. on January 7, 2008, through 5 p.m. on February 21, 2008. 
During this suspension period, the Coast Guard will implement temporary 
operating regulations for this bridge. The final temporary rule states 
that the bridge need not be opened by the bridge operator, Maryland 
Department of Transportation-State Highway Administration, during this 
period.

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.
    Due to the historical average number of bridge openings during this 
time period, this temporary change will have only a minimal impact on 
maritime traffic seeking to transit the bridge. Vessel operators with 
mast height lower than 13 feet still can transit through the drawbridge 
across Isle of Wight Bay (Sinepuxent Bay) during the rehabilitation. 
Also, the Atlantic Ocean is an alternate route for vessels with a mast 
height greater than 13 feet who cannot transit under the bridge during 
this period.

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 rule will affect the following entities, some of which might 
be small entities: Owners and operators of vessels with over 13 feet of 
mast height seeking to transit the bridge between 8 a.m. on January 7, 
2008, through 5 p.m. on February 21, 2008. This rule will not have a 
significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities 
because vessel operators with mast height lower than 13 feet still can 
transit thorough the drawbridge. The Atlantic Ocean is an alternate 
route for vessels with a mast height greater than 13 feet.

Assistance for Small Entities

    Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement 
Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-121), we offered to assist small 
entities in understanding the rule so that they could better evaluate 
its effects on them and participate in the rulemaking process.
    Small businesses may send comments on the actions of Federal 
employees who enforce, or otherwise determine compliance with, Federal 
regulations to the Small Business and Agriculture Regulatory 
Enforcement Ombudsman and the Regional Small Business Regulatory 
Fairness Boards. The Ombudsman evaluates these actions annually and 
rates each agency's responsiveness to small business. If you wish to 
comment on actions by employees of the Coast Guard, call 1-888-REG-FAIR 
(1-888-734-3247). The Coast Guard will not retaliate against small 
entities that question or complain about this rule or any policy or 
action of the Coast Guard.

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. Though this 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 rule will 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 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 would 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

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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 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 
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 because this rule involves drawbridge regulations. 
Therefore, this rule is categorically excluded, under figure 2-1, 
paragraph (32)(e) of the Instruction, from further environmental 
documentation.

List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 117

    Bridges.

Words of Issuance and Regulatory Text

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For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard temporarily 
amends 33 CFR part 117 as follows:

PART 117--DRAWBRIDGE OPERATION REGULATIONS

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

    Authority: 33 U.S.C. 499; 33 CFR 1.05-1; Department of Homeland 
Security Delegation No. 0170.1.


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2. From 8 a.m. on January 7, 2008 through 5 p.m. on February 21, 2008, 
temporarily designate the regulatory text in Sec.  117.559 as paragraph 
(a), temporarily suspend newly designated paragraph (a), and 
temporarily add paragraph (b) to read as follows:


Sec.  117.559  Isle of Wight Bay.

* * * * *
    (b) From 8 a.m. on January 7, 2008 through 5 p.m. on February 21, 
2008, the draw of the U.S. 50 Bridge, mile 0.5, at Ocean City, need not 
be opened.

    Dated: 16 January 2008.
Fred M. Rosa, Jr.,
Rear Admiral, United States Coast Guard, Commander, Fifth Coast Guard 
District.
 [FR Doc. E8-1567 Filed 1-28-08; 8:45 am]
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