Safety Zone: Thames River, New London, CT, 16812-16814 [E8-6472]

Download as PDF 16812 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 62 / Monday, March 31, 2008 / Proposed Rules PART 165—REGULATED NAVIGATION AREAS AND LIMITED ACCESS AREAS DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Public Participation and Request for Comments 1. The authority citation for part 165 continues to read as follows: Coast Guard Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1226, 1231; 46 U.S.C. Chapter 701; 50 U.S.C. 191, 195; 33 CFR 1.05–1, 6.04–1, 6.04–6, and 160.5; Public Law 107–295, 116 Stat. 2064; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1. 33 CFR Part 165 We encourage you to participate in this rulemaking by submitting comments and related materials. All comments received will be posted, without change, to http:// www.regulations.gov and will include any personal information you have provided. We have an agreement with the Department of Transportation (DOT) to use the Docket Management Facility. Please see DOT’s ‘‘Privacy Act’’ paragraph below. 2. Add § 165.T05–008 to read as follows: jlentini on PROD1PC65 with PROPOSALS VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:12 Mar 28, 2008 Jkt 214001 Safety Zone: Thames River, New London, CT ACTION: (a) Location. The following area is a safety zone: All waters of the Nansemond River, located within 500 feet of position 36° ¥44′ ¥27.3″ N/076° ¥34′ ¥42″ W in the vicinity of Constant’s Wharf, Suffolk, VA. These coordinates are based upon (NAD 1983). (b) Definition: Captain of the Port Representative: means any U.S. Coast Guard commissioned, warrant or petty officer who has been authorized by the Captain of the Port, Hampton Roads, Virginia to act on his behalf. (c) Regulation: (1) In accordance with the general regulations in 165.23 of this part, entry into this zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port, Hampton Roads or his designated representatives. (2) The operator of any vessel in the immediate vicinity of this safety zone shall: (i) Stop the vessel immediately upon being directed to do so by any commissioned, warrant or petty officer on shore or on board a vessel that is displaying a U.S. Coast Guard Ensign. (ii) Proceed as directed by any commissioned, warrant or petty officer on shore or on board a vessel that is displaying a U.S. Coast Guard Ensign. (1) The Captain of the Port, Hampton Roads and the Sector Duty Officer at Sector Hampton Roads in Portsmouth, Virginia can be contacted at telephone Number (757) 668–5555 or (757) 484– 8192. (2) The Coast Guard Representatives enforcing the safety zone can be contacted on VHF–FM 13 and 16. (d) Effective Period: This regulation will be in effect from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4, 2008. BILLING CODE 4910–15–P RIN 1625–AA00 Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of proposed rulemaking. AGENCY: § 165.T05–008 Safety Zone: Stars and Stripes Fourth of July Fireworks Event, Nansemond River, Suffolk, VA. Dated: March 14, 2008. Patrick B. Trapp, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port, Hampton Roads. [FR Doc. E8–6474 Filed 3–28–08; 8:45 am] [Docket No. USCG–2008–0097] SUMMARY: The Coast Guard proposes to establish a temporary safety zone on the federal channel of the Thames River surrounding the Amtrak Railroad Bridge in the Town of New London, Connecticut. This safety zone is necessary to protect vessels transiting in the area from hazards imposed by construction barges and equipment. The barges and equipment are being utilized to remove the old bascule bridge and install a new vertical lift span bridge over the Thames River. Entry into this zone will be prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port, Long Island Sound. DATES: Comments and related material must reach the Coast Guard on or before April 30, 2008. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by Coast Guard docket number USCG–2008–0097 to the Docket Management Facility at the U.S. Department of Transportation. To avoid duplication, please use only one of the following methods: (1) Online: http:// www.regulations.gov. (2) Mail: 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– 0001. (3) Hand delivery: Room W12–140 on the Ground Floor of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The telephone number is 202–366–9329. (4) Fax: 202–493–2251. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this proposed rule, call LT D. J. Miller, Chief, Waterways Management, Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, 203–468– 4596. 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: PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Submitting Comments If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this rulemaking (USCG–2008–0097), indicate the specific section of this document to which each comment applies, and give the reason for each comment. We recommend that you include your name and a mailing address, an e-mail address, or a phone number in the body of your document so that we can contact you if we have questions regarding your submission. You may submit your comments and material by electronic means, mail, fax, or delivery to the Docket Management Facility at the address under ADDRESSES; but please submit your comments and material by only one means. If you submit them by mail or delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no larger than 81⁄2 by 11 inches, suitable for copying and electronic filing. If you submit them by mail and would like to know that they reached the Facility, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope. We will consider all comments and material received during the comment period. We may change this proposed rule in view of them. Viewing Comments and Documents To view comments, as well as documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov at any time. Enter the docket number for this rulemaking (USCG–2008–0097) in the Search box, and click ‘‘Go >>.’’ You may also visit either the Docket Management Facility in Room W12–140 on the ground floor of the DOT West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays; or U.S. Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, 120 Woodward Ave, New Haven, Connecticut 06512 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. E:\FR\FM\31MRP1.SGM 31MRP1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 62 / Monday, March 31, 2008 / Proposed Rules Privacy Act Anyone can search the electronic form of all comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review the Department of Transportation’s Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477), or you may visit http:// DocketsInfo.dot.gov. Public Meeting We do not now plan to hold a public meeting. But you may submit a request for one to the Docket Management Facility 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. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with PROPOSALS Background and Purpose Currently, there is an Amtrak Railroad bascule bridge over the Thames River in the Town of New London, Connecticut. Amtrak decided to replace the 100 year old bascule bridge that crosses the Thames River with a new lift bridge. In 2005, the Coast Guard approved bridge construction and issued a permit for bridge construction for the Amtrak Railroad Bridge over the Thames River. Contractors began work constructing the two-lift span mechanism for the new bridge in early June 2005. To complete the construction on the bridge, barges need to block the navigable federal channel during the removal of the old bascule bridge and the installation of the new vertical lift span bridge. To ensure the continued safety of the boating community, the Coast Guard is establishing a safety zone in all navigable waters of the federal channel on the Thames River within 300 yards of the bridge. This proposed rule will effectively close the federal channel for the duration of the enforcement period; however, vessels that may safely navigate outside of the federal channel may continue to do so. This safety zone is necessary to protect the safety of the boating community who wish to utilize the federal channel on the Thames River in the vicinity of the Amtrak railroad bridge. Marine traffic may transit safely outside of the safety zone during the effective dates of the safety zone, allowing navigation in all other areas of the Thames River, except the portion delineated by this rule. Additionally, Coast Guard District One Bridge Branch will be issuing a Deviation to Bridge Operations for a period both before and VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:12 Mar 28, 2008 Jkt 214001 after the removal of the span to facilitate the removal process. Discussion of Proposed Rule This regulation proposes to establish a temporary safety zone on the navigable federal channel of the Thames River within 300-yards of the Amtrak Railroad Bridge. This action is intended to prohibit vessel traffic in a portion of the federal channel on the Thames River in the Town of New London, Connecticut to provide for the safety of the boating community due to the hazards posed by significant construction equipment located in the waterway during the removal of the existing bascule bridge and installation of a new vertical lift span bridge. The safety zone will be needed for four consecutive days during the month of June 2008. Therefore, the safety zone would be in effect from 12:01 a.m. on June 14, 2008 until 11:59 p.m. on June 17, 2008. Notification for enforcement of the safety zone will be made via notice in the Federal Register, marine broadcasts and broadcast notice to mariners. Marine traffic that may safely do so, may transit outside of the safety zone during the enforcement period, allowing navigation on other portions of the Thames River no covered by this rule. Entry into this safety zone would be prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port, Long Island Sound. Any violation of the safety zone described herein is punishable by, among others, civil and criminal penalties, in rem liability against the offending vessel, and license sanctions. 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. This regulation may have some impact on the public, but the potential impact would be minimized for the following reason: vessels may transit in all areas of the Thames River other than the area of the safety zone with minimal increased transit time and the safety zone will only be effective for a four-day period. Small Entities Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601–612), we have considered whether this proposed rule would have PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 16813 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 may affect the following entities, some of which may be small entities: the owners or operators of vessels intending to transit in those portions of the Thames River in the Town of New London, Connecticut covered by the safety zone. For the reasons outlined in the Regulatory Evaluation section above, this rule will not have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities. 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 Lieutenant Douglas Miller, Chief, Waterways Management at (203) 468–4596 or the Command Center at Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, CT, at (203) 468– 4444. The Coast Guard will not retaliate against small entities that question or complain about this rule or any policy or action of the Coast Guard. Collection of Information This proposed rule would call for no new collection of information under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501–3520.). Federalism A rule has implications for federalism under Executive Order 13132, Federalism, if it has a substantial direct effect on State or local governments and would either preempt State law or impose a substantial direct cost of E:\FR\FM\31MRP1.SGM 31MRP1 16814 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 62 / Monday, March 31, 2008 / Proposed Rules 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 would 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 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 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. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with PROPOSALS 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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:12 Mar 28, 2008 Jkt 214001 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 which guides 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 this action is not likely to have a significant effect on the human environment. A preliminary ‘‘Environmental Analysis Check List’’ supporting this preliminary determination is available in the docket where indicated under ADDRESSES. We seek any comments or information that may lead to the discovery of a significant environmental impact from this proposed rule. List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165 Harbors, Marine safety, Navigation (water), Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Security measures, and Waterways. For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard proposes to amend 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: PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1226 and 1231; 46 U.S.C. Chapter 701; 50 U.S.C. 191, 195; 33 CFR 1.05–1, 6.04–1, 6.04–6, and 160.5; Public Law 107–295, 116 Stat. 2064; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1. 2. Add § 165.T01–0097 to read as follows: § 165.T01–0097 Safety Zone: Amtrak Railroad Bridge over Thames River Channel, Town of New London, CT. (a) Location. The following area is a safety zone: All navigable waters of the federal channel on the Thames River in New London, CT, from surface to bottom, within 300 yards of the Amtrak Railroad Bridge. (b) Definitions. The following definitions apply to this section: Designated on-scene patrol personnel, means any commissioned, warrant and petty officers of the U.S. Coast Guard operating Coast Guard vessels who has been authorized to act on the behalf of the Captain of the Port, Long Island Sound. (c) Regulations. (1) The general regulations contained in 33 CFR § 165.23 apply. (2) In accordance with the general regulations in § 165.23 of this part, entry into or movement within this zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port, Long Island Sound. (3) All persons and vessels must comply with the Coast Guard Captain of the Port or the designated on-scene patrol personnel. (4) Upon being hailed by a U.S. Coast Guard vessel by siren, radio, flashing light or other means, the operator of the vessel must proceed as directed. (5) Persons and vessels may request permission to enter the zone on VHF– 16 or via phone at (203) 468–4401. (d) Effective Period. This rule is effective from 12:01 a.m. on June 14, 2008 to 11:59 p.m on June 17, 2008. (e) Enforcement Period. This rule will be enforced for a 4 day period based on construction plans by Amtrak. Notification of enforcing the safety zone will be made via notice in the Federal Register, marine broadcasts and broadcast notice to mariners Dated: March 10, 2008. Daniel A. Ronan, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port, Long Island Sound. [FR Doc. E8–6472 Filed 3–28–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–15–P E:\FR\FM\31MRP1.SGM 31MRP1

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 165

[Docket No. USCG-2008-0097]
RIN 1625-AA00


Safety Zone: Thames River, New London, CT

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard proposes to establish a temporary safety zone 
on the federal channel of the Thames River surrounding the Amtrak 
Railroad Bridge in the Town of New London, Connecticut. This safety 
zone is necessary to protect vessels transiting in the area from 
hazards imposed by construction barges and equipment. The barges and 
equipment are being utilized to remove the old bascule bridge and 
install a new vertical lift span bridge over the Thames River. Entry 
into this zone will be prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of 
the Port, Long Island Sound.

DATES: Comments and related material must reach the Coast Guard on or 
before April 30, 2008.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by Coast Guard docket 
number USCG-2008-0097 to the Docket Management Facility at the U.S. 
Department of Transportation. To avoid duplication, please use only one 
of the following methods:
    (1) Online: http://www.regulations.gov.
    (2) Mail: Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. Department of 
Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001.
    (3) Hand delivery: Room W12-140 on the Ground Floor of the West 
Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 
a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The 
telephone number is 202-366-9329.
    (4) Fax: 202-493-2251.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this proposed 
rule, call LT D. J. Miller, Chief, Waterways Management, Coast Guard 
Sector Long Island Sound, 203-468-4596. 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:

Public Participation and Request for Comments

    We encourage you to participate in this rulemaking by submitting 
comments and related materials. All comments received will be posted, 
without change, to http://www.regulations.gov and will include any 
personal information you have provided. We have an agreement with the 
Department of Transportation (DOT) to use the Docket Management 
Facility. Please see DOT's ``Privacy Act'' paragraph below.

Submitting Comments

    If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this 
rulemaking (USCG-2008-0097), indicate the specific section of this 
document to which each comment applies, and give the reason for each 
comment. We recommend that you include your name and a mailing address, 
an e-mail address, or a phone number in the body of your document so 
that we can contact you if we have questions regarding your submission. 
You may submit your comments and material by electronic means, mail, 
fax, or delivery to the Docket Management Facility at the address under 
ADDRESSES; but please submit your comments and material by only one 
means. If you submit them by mail or delivery, submit them in an 
unbound format, no larger than 8\1/2\ by 11 inches, suitable for 
copying and electronic filing. If you submit them by mail and would 
like to know that they reached the Facility, please enclose a stamped, 
self-addressed postcard or envelope. We will consider all comments and 
material received during the comment period. We may change this 
proposed rule in view of them.

Viewing Comments and Documents

    To view comments, as well as documents mentioned in this preamble 
as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov at 
any time. Enter the docket number for this rulemaking (USCG-2008-0097) 
in the Search box, and click ``Go >>.'' You may also visit either the 
Docket Management Facility in Room W12-140 on the ground floor of the 
DOT West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590, 
between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal 
holidays; or U.S. Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, 120 Woodward 
Ave, New Haven, Connecticut 06512 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays.

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Privacy Act

    Anyone can search the electronic form of all comments received into 
any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment 
(or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, 
business, labor union, etc.). You may review the Department of 
Transportation's Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register 
published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477), or you may visit http://
DocketsInfo.dot.gov.

Public Meeting

    We do not now plan to hold a public meeting. But you may submit a 
request for one to the Docket Management Facility 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

    Currently, there is an Amtrak Railroad bascule bridge over the 
Thames River in the Town of New London, Connecticut. Amtrak decided to 
replace the 100 year old bascule bridge that crosses the Thames River 
with a new lift bridge. In 2005, the Coast Guard approved bridge 
construction and issued a permit for bridge construction for the Amtrak 
Railroad Bridge over the Thames River. Contractors began work 
constructing the two-lift span mechanism for the new bridge in early 
June 2005. To complete the construction on the bridge, barges need to 
block the navigable federal channel during the removal of the old 
bascule bridge and the installation of the new vertical lift span 
bridge. To ensure the continued safety of the boating community, the 
Coast Guard is establishing a safety zone in all navigable waters of 
the federal channel on the Thames River within 300 yards of the bridge. 
This proposed rule will effectively close the federal channel for the 
duration of the enforcement period; however, vessels that may safely 
navigate outside of the federal channel may continue to do so. This 
safety zone is necessary to protect the safety of the boating community 
who wish to utilize the federal channel on the Thames River in the 
vicinity of the Amtrak railroad bridge. Marine traffic may transit 
safely outside of the safety zone during the effective dates of the 
safety zone, allowing navigation in all other areas of the Thames 
River, except the portion delineated by this rule. Additionally, Coast 
Guard District One Bridge Branch will be issuing a Deviation to Bridge 
Operations for a period both before and after the removal of the span 
to facilitate the removal process.

Discussion of Proposed Rule

    This regulation proposes to establish a temporary safety zone on 
the navigable federal channel of the Thames River within 300-yards of 
the Amtrak Railroad Bridge. This action is intended to prohibit vessel 
traffic in a portion of the federal channel on the Thames River in the 
Town of New London, Connecticut to provide for the safety of the 
boating community due to the hazards posed by significant construction 
equipment located in the waterway during the removal of the existing 
bascule bridge and installation of a new vertical lift span bridge. The 
safety zone will be needed for four consecutive days during the month 
of June 2008. Therefore, the safety zone would be in effect from 12:01 
a.m. on June 14, 2008 until 11:59 p.m. on June 17, 2008. Notification 
for enforcement of the safety zone will be made via notice in the 
Federal Register, marine broadcasts and broadcast notice to mariners. 
Marine traffic that may safely do so, may transit outside of the safety 
zone during the enforcement period, allowing navigation on other 
portions of the Thames River no covered by this rule. Entry into this 
safety zone would be prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the 
Port, Long Island Sound. Any violation of the safety zone described 
herein is punishable by, among others, civil and criminal penalties, in 
rem liability against the offending vessel, and license sanctions.

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. This 
regulation may have some impact on the public, but the potential impact 
would be minimized for the following reason: vessels may transit in all 
areas of the Thames River other than the area of the safety zone with 
minimal increased transit time and the safety zone will only be 
effective for a four-day period.

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 may affect the following 
entities, some of which may be small entities: the owners or operators 
of vessels intending to transit in those portions of the Thames River 
in the Town of New London, Connecticut covered by the safety zone. For 
the reasons outlined in the Regulatory Evaluation section above, this 
rule will not have a significant impact on a substantial number of 
small entities.
    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 Lieutenant Douglas Miller, 
Chief, Waterways Management at (203) 468-4596 or the Command Center at 
Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, CT, at (203) 468-4444. The Coast 
Guard will not retaliate against small entities that question or 
complain about this rule or any policy or action of the Coast Guard.

Collection of Information

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

Federalism

    A rule has implications for federalism under Executive Order 13132, 
Federalism, if it has a substantial direct effect on State or local 
governments and would either preempt State law or impose a substantial 
direct cost of

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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 would 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 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 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 which guides 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 this action is not likely to 
have a significant effect on the human environment. A preliminary 
``Environmental Analysis Check List'' supporting this preliminary 
determination is available in the docket where indicated under 
ADDRESSES. We seek any comments or information that may lead to the 
discovery of a significant environmental impact from this proposed 
rule.

List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165

    Harbors, Marine safety, Navigation (water), Reporting and 
recordkeeping requirements, Security measures, and Waterways.

    For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard proposes 
to amend 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:


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

    2. Add Sec.  165.T01-0097 to read as follows:


Sec.  165.T01-0097  Safety Zone: Amtrak Railroad Bridge over Thames 
River Channel, Town of New London, CT.

    (a) Location. The following area is a safety zone: All navigable 
waters of the federal channel on the Thames River in New London, CT, 
from surface to bottom, within 300 yards of the Amtrak Railroad Bridge.
    (b) Definitions. The following definitions apply to this section: 
Designated on-scene patrol personnel, means any commissioned, warrant 
and petty officers of the U.S. Coast Guard operating Coast Guard 
vessels who has been authorized to act on the behalf of the Captain of 
the Port, Long Island Sound.
    (c) Regulations. (1) The general regulations contained in 33 CFR 
Sec.  165.23 apply.
    (2) In accordance with the general regulations in Sec.  165.23 of 
this part, entry into or movement within this zone is prohibited unless 
authorized by the Captain of the Port, Long Island Sound.
    (3) All persons and vessels must comply with the Coast Guard 
Captain of the Port or the designated on-scene patrol personnel.
    (4) Upon being hailed by a U.S. Coast Guard vessel by siren, radio, 
flashing light or other means, the operator of the vessel must proceed 
as directed.
    (5) Persons and vessels may request permission to enter the zone on 
VHF-16 or via phone at (203) 468-4401.
    (d) Effective Period. This rule is effective from 12:01 a.m. on 
June 14, 2008 to 11:59 p.m on June 17, 2008.
    (e) Enforcement Period. This rule will be enforced for a 4 day 
period based on construction plans by Amtrak. Notification of enforcing 
the safety zone will be made via notice in the Federal Register, marine 
broadcasts and broadcast notice to mariners

    Dated: March 10, 2008.
Daniel A. Ronan,
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port, Long Island Sound.
 [FR Doc. E8-6472 Filed 3-28-08; 8:45 am]
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