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Download as PDF 76536 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 243 / Wednesday, December 17, 2008 / Rules and Regulations reversals, assignments, authorizations, decisions, judgments, rulings, or other actions of the PSOB Office; and (2) Consistent with subpart B, C, or D of this part, as applicable. (e) OJP’s General Counsel shall provide advice to the Hearing Officer as to all questions of law relating to any matter assigned pursuant to paragraph (b) of this section. ■ 18. Revise § 32.45 to read as follows: pwalker on PROD1PC71 with RULES § 32.45 Hearings. (a) Except with respect to a remand or referral, at the election of a claimant under subpart B or C of this part, the Hearing Officer shall hold a hearing, at a location agreeable to the claimant and the Officer (or, otherwise, at a location ruled by the Hearing Officer to be suitable), for the sole purposes of obtaining, consistent with § 32.5(c), (1) Evidence from the claimant and his fact or expert witnesses; and (2) Such other evidence as the Hearing Officer, at his discretion, may rule to be necessary or useful. (b) Unless, for good cause shown, the Director extends the time for filing, no election under paragraph (a) of this section shall be honored if it is filed with the PSOB Office later than ninety days after service of the notice described in § 32.43(c). (c) Not less than seven days prior to any hearing, the claimant shall file simultaneously with the PSOB Office and the Hearing Officer a list of all expected fact or expert witnesses and a brief summary of the evidence each witness is expected to provide. (d) At any hearing, the Hearing Officer— (1) May exclude any evidence whose probative value is substantially outweighed by considerations of undue delay, waste of time, or needless presentation of cumulative evidence; and (2) Shall exclude witnesses (other than the claimant, or any person whose presence is shown by the claimant to be essential to the presentation of his claim), so that they cannot hear the testimony of other witnesses. (e) Each hearing shall be recorded, and the original of the complete record or transcript thereof shall be made a part of the claim file. (f) Unless, for good cause shown, the Director grants a waiver, a claimant’s failure to appear at a hearing (in person or through a representative) shall constitute a withdrawal of his election under paragraph (a) of this section. (g) Upon a claimant’s failure to pursue in timely fashion his filed election under paragraph (a) of this section, the Director may, at his discretion, deem the VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:07 Dec 16, 2008 Jkt 217001 same to be abandoned. Not less than thirty-three days prior thereto, the PSOB Office shall serve the claimant with notice of the Director’s intention to exercise such discretion. ■ 19. Revise § 32.52 to read as follows: § 32.52 Time for filing Director appeal. Dated: December 10, 2008. Jeffrey L. Sedgwick, Assistant Attorney General. [FR Doc. E8–29703 Filed 12–16–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–18–P (a) Unless, for good cause shown, the Director extends the time for filing, no Director appeal shall be considered if it is filed with the PSOB Office later than thirty-three days after the service of notice of the denial (under subpart E of this part) of a claim. (b) A claimant may file with his Director appeal such supporting documentary, electronic, video, or other nonphysical evidence and legal arguments as he may wish to provide. ■ 20. Revise § 32.54 to read as follows: DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY § 32.54 AGENCY: Director determination. (a) Upon the Director’s approving or denying a claim, the PSOB Office shall serve notice of the same simultaneously upon the claimant (and upon any other claimant who may have filed a claim with respect to the same public safety officer), and upon any Hearing Officer who made a determination with respect to the claim. In the event of a denial, such notice shall— (1) Specify the factual findings and legal conclusions that support it; and (2) Provide information as to judicial appeals (for the claimant or claimants). (b) Upon a claimant’s failure (without reasonable justification or excuse) to pursue in timely fashion the determination of his claim pursuant to his filed Director appeal, the Director may, at his discretion, deem the same to be abandoned, as though never filed. Not less than thirty-three days prior thereto, the PSOB Office shall serve the claimant with notice of the Director’s intention to exercise such discretion. (c) With respect to any claim before him, the Director, as appropriate, may— (1) Remand the same to the PSOB Office, or to a Hearing Officer; (2) Vacate any related determination under this part; or (3) Refer any related matters to a Hearing Officer (as a special master), to recommend factual findings and dispositions in connection therewith. ■ 21. Revise § 32.55 to read as follows: § 32.55 Judicial appeal. (a) Consistent with § 32.8, any approval or denial described in § 32.54(a) shall constitute the final agency determination. (b) A claimant seeking relief from the denial of his claim may appeal judicially pursuant to the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796c–2. PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 [Docket No. USCG–2008–1001] RIN 1625–AA87 Security Zone; Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, Washington, DC, Arlington and Fairfax Counties, VA, and Prince George’s County, MD ACTION: Coast Guard, DHS. Temporary final rule. SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary security zone encompassing certain waters of the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers. This action is necessary to ensure the security of persons and property, and to prevent terrorist acts or incidents before, during, and after scheduled activities associated with the 2009 U.S. Presidential Inauguration. This rule prohibits vessels and persons from entering the security zone and requires vessels and persons in the security zone to depart the security zone during the effective time frame, and to immediately depart the security zone when requested to do so by government authorities. DATES: This rule is effective from 4 a.m. on January 14, 2009, through 10 p.m. on January 25, 2009. ADDRESSES: Comments and material received from the public, as well as documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, are part of docket USCG–2008–1001 and are available online by going to http:// www.regulations.gov, selecting the Advanced Docket Search option on the right side of the screen, inserting USCG– 2008–1001 in the Docket ID box, pressing Enter, and then clicking on the item in the Docket ID column. This material is also available for inspection or copying at two locations: 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 and the Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, 2401 Hawkins Point Road, E:\FR\FM\17DER1.SGM 17DER1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 243 / Wednesday, December 17, 2008 / Rules and Regulations Baltimore, Maryland 21226–1791, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this temporary rule, call Ronald L. Houck, Waterways Management Division, at 410–576–2674 or 2693. If you have questions on viewing the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202–366–9826. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulatory Information On October 27, 2008, we published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) entitled ‘‘Security Zone; Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, Washington, DC, Arlington and Fairfax Counties, VA, and Prince George’s County, MD’’ in the Federal Register (73 FR 63663). We received one letter commenting on the proposed rule. No public meeting was requested, and none was held. pwalker on PROD1PC71 with RULES Background and Purpose The Coast Guard has determined that the Coast Guard Captain of the Port must have the means to be aware of, deter, detect, intercept, and respond to asymmetric threats, acts of aggression, and attacks by terrorists on the American homeland while still maintaining our freedoms and sustaining the flow of commerce. This proposed security zone is part of a comprehensive port security regime designed to safeguard human life, vessels, and waterfront facilities against sabotage or terrorist attacks. The Captain of the Port Baltimore is proposing to establish a security zone to address the aforementioned security concerns and to take steps to prevent the catastrophic impact that a terrorist attack against the large gatherings of high-ranking United States officials, the public at large, and surrounding waterfront areas and communities would have. The proposed security zone is necessary to safeguard life and property on the navigable waters before, during, and after scheduled activities associated with the 2009 U.S. Presidential Inauguration and will help the Coast Guard prevent vessels or persons from bypassing the security measures established on shore for the events and engaging in waterborne terrorist actions during the highlypublicized events. Discussion of Comments and Changes The Coast Guard received one comment in response to the NPRM. No public meeting was requested and none was held. What follows is a review of, and the Coast Guard’s response to, the issues that were presented by the VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:07 Dec 16, 2008 Jkt 217001 commenter concerning the proposed regulations. The commenter, who was anonymous, stated that although they agree a secure perimeter is needed for the U.S. Presidential Inauguration, they do not agree that certain details of the security zone, such as the enforcement period and boundaries, should be provided to the general public beforehand. The commentor believes such information could be used by an adversary to devise a plan to circumvent the government’s security efforts. The Administrative Procedures Act directs Federal agencies to ensure that adequate notice is provided to the public concerning actions that the Federal Government is considering for implementation. In addition, we do not feel that issuing the proposed rule adversely affects the patrol and enforcement of the security zone. Regulatory Analyses We developed this rule after considering numerous statutes and executive orders related to rulemaking. Below we summarize our analyses based on 13 of these statutes or executive orders. Regulatory Planning and Review 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. There is no vessel traffic associated with recreational boating and commercial fishing during the effective period, and vessels may seek permission from the Captain of the Port Baltimore to enter and transit the zone. 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 would affect the following entities, some of which might be small entities: The owners or operators of vessels intending to operate or transit on PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 76537 (1) all waters of the Potomac River, from shoreline to shoreline, bounded on the north by the Francis Scott Key (U.S. Route 29) Bridge, downstream to and bounded on the south from a position at latitude 38°46′42″ N, longitude 077°02′55″ W on the Virginia shoreline to a position at latitude 38°46′42″ N, longitude 077°01′33″ W on the Maryland shoreline, including the waters of the Georgetown Channel Tidal Basin; and (2) all waters of the Anacostia River, from shoreline to shoreline, bounded on the north by the New York Avenue (U.S. Route 50) Bridge, downstream to and bounded on the south by its confluence with the Potomac River. This security zone would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities because vessels with compelling interests that outweigh the port’s security needs may be granted waivers from the requirements of the security zone. Assistance for Small Entities Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104–121), in the NPRM 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 E:\FR\FM\17DER1.SGM 17DER1 76538 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 243 / Wednesday, December 17, 2008 / Rules and Regulations 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 effect a taking of private property or otherwise have taking implications under Executive Order 12630, Governmental Actions and Interference with Constitutionally Protected Property Rights. Civil Justice Reform This rule meets applicable standards in sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform, to minimize litigation, eliminate ambiguity, and reduce burden. Protection of Children We have analyzed this rule under Executive Order 13045, Protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks. This rule is not an economically significant rule and does not create an environmental risk to health or risk to safety that may disproportionately affect children. Indian Tribal Governments This rule does not have tribal implications under Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments, because it does not have a substantial direct effect on one or more Indian tribes, on the relationship between the Federal Government and Indian tribes, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities between the Federal Government and Indian tribes. pwalker on PROD1PC71 with RULES We have analyzed this rule under Executive Order 13211, Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use. We have determined that it is not a ‘‘significant energy action’’ under that order because it is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866 and is not likely to have a significant adverse effect on the supply, distribution, or use of energy. The Administrator of the Office 16:07 Dec 16, 2008 Jkt 217001 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 Department of Homeland Security Management Directive 5100.1 and Commandant Instruction M16475.lD, 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 under the Instruction that there are no factors in this case that would limit the use of a categorical exclusion under section 2.B.2 of the Instruction. Therefore, this rule is categorically excluded, under figure 2– 1, paragraph (34)(g), of the Instruction, from further environmental documentation. This rule establishes a security zone. An environmental analysis checklist and a categorical exclusion determination will be available in the docket where indicated under ADDRESSES. Harbors, Marine safety, Navigation (water), Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Security measures, Waterways. ■ For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 33 CFR part 165 as follows: PART 165—REGULATED NAVIGATION AREAS AND LIMITED ACCESS AREAS 1. The authority citation for part 165 continues to read as follows: ■ PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4700 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; Pub. L. 107–295, 116 Stat. 2064; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1. 2. Add § 165.T05–1001 to read as follows: ■ Technical Standards List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165 Energy Effects VerDate Aug<31>2005 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. Sfmt 4700 § 165.T05–1001 Security Zone; Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, Washington, DC, Arlington and Fairfax Counties, VA, and Prince George’s County, MD. (a) Location. The following area is a security zone: (1) All waters of the Potomac River, from shoreline to shoreline, bounded on the north by the Francis Scott Key (U.S. Route 29) Bridge, downstream to and bounded on the south from a position at latitude 38°46′42″ N, longitude 077°02′55″ W on the Virginia shoreline to a position at latitude 38°46′42″ N, longitude 077°01′33″ W on the Maryland shoreline, including the waters of the Georgetown Channel Tidal Basin; and (2) All waters of the Anacostia River, from shoreline to shoreline, bounded on the north by the New York Avenue (U.S. Route 50) Bridge, downstream to and bounded on the south by its confluence with the Potomac River. (b) Definitions. As used in this section: Captain of the Port Baltimore means the Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, Maryland. Designated representative means any Coast Guard commissioned, warrant, or petty officer who has been authorized by the Captain of the Port Baltimore to assist in enforcing the security zone described in paragraph (a) of this section. (c) Regulations. (1) All persons are required to comply with the general regulations governing security zones found in 33 CFR 165.33. (2) Entry into or remaining in this zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port Baltimore. Vessels already at berth, mooring, or anchor at the time the security zone is implemented do not have to depart the security zone. All vessels underway within this security zone at the time it is implemented are to depart the zone. The Captain of the Port Baltimore may, in his discretion, grant waivers or exemptions to this rule, either on a case-by-case basis or categorically to a particular class of vessel that otherwise is subject to adequate control measures. (3) Persons desiring to transit the area of the security zone must first obtain authorization from the Captain of the Port Baltimore or his designated representative. To seek permission to transit the area, the Captain of the Port E:\FR\FM\17DER1.SGM 17DER1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 243 / Wednesday, December 17, 2008 / Rules and Regulations Baltimore and his designated representatives can be contacted at telephone number 410–576–2693 or on Marine Band Radio, VHF-FM channel 16 (156.8 MHz). The Coast Guard vessels enforcing this section can be contacted on Marine Band Radio, VHFFM channel 16 (156.8 MHz). Upon being hailed by a U.S. Coast Guard vessel, or other Federal, State, or local agency vessel, by siren, radio, flashing light, or other means, the operator of a vessel shall proceed as directed. If permission is granted, all persons and vessels must comply with the instructions of the Captain of the Port Baltimore or his designated representative and proceed at the minimum speed necessary to maintain a safe course while within the zone. (4) Enforcement. The U.S. Coast Guard may be assisted in the patrol and enforcement of the zone by Federal, State, and local agencies. (d) Enforcement period. This section will be enforced from 4 a.m. on January 14, 2009, through 10 p.m. on January 25, 2009. Dated: December 5, 2008. Austin J. Gould, Commander, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port, Baltimore, Maryland, Acting. [FR Doc. E8–29726 Filed 12–16–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–15–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 51 [EPA–HQ–OAR–2004–0489; FRL–8749–5] RIN 2060–AN20 Air Emissions Reporting Requirements AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Final rule. SUMMARY: This action finalizes changes to EPA’s emission inventory reporting requirements. This action consolidates, reduces, and simplifies the current requirements; adds limited new requirements; provides additional Category pwalker on PROD1PC71 with RULES a North flexibility to states in the ways they collect and report emissions data; and accelerates the reporting of emissions data to EPA by state and local agencies. DATES: This final rule is effective on December 17, 2008. ADDRESSES: EPA has established a docket for this action under Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OAR–2004–0489. All documents in the docket are listed on the www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, will be publicly available only in hard copy form. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically through www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the Air Emissions Reporting Requirements Docket, EPA/DC, EPA West Building, Room 3334, Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566–1744, and the telephone number for the Air Docket is (202) 566– 1742. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general questions, please contact Dennis Beauregard, U.S. EPA, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Air Quality Assessment Division, Mail Code C339–02, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711; telephone number: (919) 541–5512; fax number: (919) 541– 0684; e-mail address: beauregard.dennis@epa.gov. For legal questions, please contact Kristi Smith, U.S. EPA, Office of General Counsel, Mail Code 2344A, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460, telephone (202) 564–3068, e-mail at smith.kristi@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: D. Judicial Review II. Background and Purpose of This Rulemaking III. Response to Comments A. Major Source Definition for Point Source Reporting B. Harmonizing Report Due Dates C. Accelerating Report Due Dates D. Reporting Biogenic Emissions E. Reporting Emission Model Inputs F. Reporting Summer Day Emissions G. Reporting Winter Work Weekday Emissions H. New Data Elements I. Identification of New Emissions Related Data Requirements J. Revisions to Specific Data Elements IV. This Action A. Consolidation of Reporting Requirements B. Point Source Reporting C. Report Due Dates D. Reporting Biogenic Emissions E. Reporting Emission Model Inputs F. Reporting Summer Day Emissions G. Reporting Winter Work Weekday Emissions H. New Data Elements I. Identification of New Emissions Related Data Requirements J. Revisions to Specific Data Elements K. EPA Initiated Changes V. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews A. Executive Order 12866: Regulatory Planning and Review B. Paperwork Reduction Act C. Regulatory Flexibility Act D. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act E. Executive Order 13132: Federalism F. Executive Order 13175: Consultation and Coordination With Indian Tribal Governments G. Executive Order 13045: Protection of Children From Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks H. Executive Order 13211: Actions That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use I. National Technology Transfer Advancement Act J. Executive Order 12898: Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations K. Congressional Review Act Table of Contents I. General Information A. Does this action apply to me? B. Where can I get a copy of this document and other related information? C. Public Comments on Proposed Rule I. General Information NAICS code a State/local/tribal government. 92411 A. Does this action apply to me? Categories and entities potentially regulated by this action include: Examples of regulated entities State, territorial, and local government air quality management programs. Tribal governments are not affected, unless they have sought and obtained treatment as state status under the Tribal Authority Rule and, on that basis, are authorized to implement and enforce the Air Emissions Reporting Requirements rule. American Industry Classification System. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:07 Dec 16, 2008 76539 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\17DER1.SGM 17DER1

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 165

[Docket No. USCG-2008-1001]
RIN 1625-AA87


Security Zone; Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, Washington, DC, 
Arlington and Fairfax Counties, VA, and Prince George's County, MD

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Temporary final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary security zone 
encompassing certain waters of the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers. This 
action is necessary to ensure the security of persons and property, and 
to prevent terrorist acts or incidents before, during, and after 
scheduled activities associated with the 2009 U.S. Presidential 
Inauguration. This rule prohibits vessels and persons from entering the 
security zone and requires vessels and persons in the security zone to 
depart the security zone during the effective time frame, and to 
immediately depart the security zone when requested to do so by 
government authorities.

DATES: This rule is effective from 4 a.m. on January 14, 2009, through 
10 p.m. on January 25, 2009.

ADDRESSES: Comments and material received from the public, as well as 
documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, 
are part of docket USCG-2008-1001 and are available online by going to 
http://www.regulations.gov, selecting the Advanced Docket Search option 
on the right side of the screen, inserting USCG-2008-1001 in the Docket 
ID box, pressing Enter, and then clicking on the item in the Docket ID 
column. This material is also available for inspection or copying at 
two locations: 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 and the Commander, U.S. 
Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, 2401 Hawkins Point Road,

[[Page 76537]]

Baltimore, Maryland 21226-1791, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this 
temporary rule, call Ronald L. Houck, Waterways Management Division, at 
410-576-2674 or 2693. If you have questions on viewing the docket, call 
Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-
9826.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Regulatory Information

    On October 27, 2008, we published a notice of proposed rulemaking 
(NPRM) entitled ``Security Zone; Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, 
Washington, DC, Arlington and Fairfax Counties, VA, and Prince George's 
County, MD'' in the Federal Register (73 FR 63663). We received one 
letter commenting on the proposed rule. No public meeting was 
requested, and none was held.

Background and Purpose

    The Coast Guard has determined that the Coast Guard Captain of the 
Port must have the means to be aware of, deter, detect, intercept, and 
respond to asymmetric threats, acts of aggression, and attacks by 
terrorists on the American homeland while still maintaining our 
freedoms and sustaining the flow of commerce. This proposed security 
zone is part of a comprehensive port security regime designed to 
safeguard human life, vessels, and waterfront facilities against 
sabotage or terrorist attacks.
    The Captain of the Port Baltimore is proposing to establish a 
security zone to address the aforementioned security concerns and to 
take steps to prevent the catastrophic impact that a terrorist attack 
against the large gatherings of high-ranking United States officials, 
the public at large, and surrounding waterfront areas and communities 
would have. The proposed security zone is necessary to safeguard life 
and property on the navigable waters before, during, and after 
scheduled activities associated with the 2009 U.S. Presidential 
Inauguration and will help the Coast Guard prevent vessels or persons 
from bypassing the security measures established on shore for the 
events and engaging in waterborne terrorist actions during the highly-
publicized events.

Discussion of Comments and Changes

    The Coast Guard received one comment in response to the NPRM. No 
public meeting was requested and none was held. What follows is a 
review of, and the Coast Guard's response to, the issues that were 
presented by the commenter concerning the proposed regulations.
    The commenter, who was anonymous, stated that although they agree a 
secure perimeter is needed for the U.S. Presidential Inauguration, they 
do not agree that certain details of the security zone, such as the 
enforcement period and boundaries, should be provided to the general 
public beforehand. The commentor believes such information could be 
used by an adversary to devise a plan to circumvent the government's 
security efforts.
    The Administrative Procedures Act directs Federal agencies to 
ensure that adequate notice is provided to the public concerning 
actions that the Federal Government is considering for implementation. 
In addition, we do not feel that issuing the proposed rule adversely 
affects the patrol and enforcement of the security zone.

Regulatory Analyses

    We developed this rule after considering numerous statutes and 
executive orders related to rulemaking. Below we summarize our analyses 
based on 13 of these statutes or executive orders.

Regulatory Planning and Review

    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. There is no vessel traffic associated 
with recreational boating and commercial fishing during the effective 
period, and vessels may seek permission from the Captain of the Port 
Baltimore to enter and transit the zone.

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 would affect the following entities, some of which 
might be small entities: The owners or operators of vessels intending 
to operate or transit on (1) all waters of the Potomac River, from 
shoreline to shoreline, bounded on the north by the Francis Scott Key 
(U.S. Route 29) Bridge, downstream to and bounded on the south from a 
position at latitude 38[deg]46'42'' N, longitude 077[deg]02'55'' W on 
the Virginia shoreline to a position at latitude 38[deg]46'42'' N, 
longitude 077[deg]01'33'' W on the Maryland shoreline, including the 
waters of the Georgetown Channel Tidal Basin; and (2) all waters of the 
Anacostia River, from shoreline to shoreline, bounded on the north by 
the New York Avenue (U.S. Route 50) Bridge, downstream to and bounded 
on the south by its confluence with the Potomac River. This security 
zone would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial 
number of small entities because vessels with compelling interests that 
outweigh the port's security needs may be granted waivers from the 
requirements of the security zone.

Assistance for Small Entities

    Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement 
Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-121), in the NPRM 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

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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 effect a taking of private property or otherwise 
have taking implications under Executive Order 12630, Governmental 
Actions and Interference with Constitutionally Protected Property 
Rights.

Civil Justice Reform

    This rule meets applicable standards in sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) 
of Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform, to minimize litigation, 
eliminate ambiguity, and reduce burden.

Protection of Children

    We have analyzed this rule under Executive Order 13045, Protection 
of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks. This rule 
is not an economically significant rule and does not create an 
environmental risk to health or risk to safety that may 
disproportionately affect children.

Indian Tribal Governments

    This rule does not have tribal implications under Executive Order 
13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments, 
because it does not have a substantial direct effect on one or more 
Indian tribes, on the relationship between the Federal Government and 
Indian tribes, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities 
between the Federal Government and Indian tribes.

Energy Effects

    We have analyzed this rule under Executive Order 13211, Actions 
Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, 
Distribution, or Use. We have determined that it is not a ``significant 
energy action'' under that order because it is not a ``significant 
regulatory action'' under Executive Order 12866 and is not likely to 
have a significant adverse effect on the supply, distribution, or use 
of energy. 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 Department of Homeland Security 
Management Directive 5100.1 and Commandant Instruction M16475.lD, 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 
under the Instruction that there are no factors in this case that would 
limit the use of a categorical exclusion under section 2.B.2 of the 
Instruction. Therefore, this rule is categorically excluded, under 
figure 2-1, paragraph (34)(g), of the Instruction, from further 
environmental documentation. This rule establishes a security zone.
    An environmental analysis checklist and a categorical exclusion 
determination will be available in the docket where indicated under 
ADDRESSES.

List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165

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

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For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 33 
CFR part 165 as follows:

PART 165--REGULATED NAVIGATION AREAS AND LIMITED ACCESS AREAS

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1. The authority citation for part 165 continues to read as follows:

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


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2. Add Sec.  165.T05-1001 to read as follows:


Sec.  165.T05-1001  Security Zone; Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, 
Washington, DC, Arlington and Fairfax Counties, VA, and Prince George's 
County, MD.

    (a) Location. The following area is a security zone: (1) All waters 
of the Potomac River, from shoreline to shoreline, bounded on the north 
by the Francis Scott Key (U.S. Route 29) Bridge, downstream to and 
bounded on the south from a position at latitude 38[deg]46'42'' N, 
longitude 077[deg]02'55'' W on the Virginia shoreline to a position at 
latitude 38[deg]46'42'' N, longitude 077[deg]01'33'' W on the Maryland 
shoreline, including the waters of the Georgetown Channel Tidal Basin; 
and
    (2) All waters of the Anacostia River, from shoreline to shoreline, 
bounded on the north by the New York Avenue (U.S. Route 50) Bridge, 
downstream to and bounded on the south by its confluence with the 
Potomac River.
    (b) Definitions. As used in this section:
    Captain of the Port Baltimore means the Commander, U.S. Coast Guard 
Sector Baltimore, Maryland.
    Designated representative means any Coast Guard commissioned, 
warrant, or petty officer who has been authorized by the Captain of the 
Port Baltimore to assist in enforcing the security zone described in 
paragraph (a) of this section.
    (c) Regulations. (1) All persons are required to comply with the 
general regulations governing security zones found in 33 CFR 165.33.
    (2) Entry into or remaining in this zone is prohibited unless 
authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port Baltimore. Vessels 
already at berth, mooring, or anchor at the time the security zone is 
implemented do not have to depart the security zone. All vessels 
underway within this security zone at the time it is implemented are to 
depart the zone. The Captain of the Port Baltimore may, in his 
discretion, grant waivers or exemptions to this rule, either on a case-
by-case basis or categorically to a particular class of vessel that 
otherwise is subject to adequate control measures.
    (3) Persons desiring to transit the area of the security zone must 
first obtain authorization from the Captain of the Port Baltimore or 
his designated representative. To seek permission to transit the area, 
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Baltimore and his designated representatives can be contacted at 
telephone number 410-576-2693 or on Marine Band Radio, VHF-FM channel 
16 (156.8 MHz). The Coast Guard vessels enforcing this section can be 
contacted on Marine Band Radio, VHF-FM channel 16 (156.8 MHz). Upon 
being hailed by a U.S. Coast Guard vessel, or other Federal, State, or 
local agency vessel, by siren, radio, flashing light, or other means, 
the operator of a vessel shall proceed as directed. If permission is 
granted, all persons and vessels must comply with the instructions of 
the Captain of the Port Baltimore or his designated representative and 
proceed at the minimum speed necessary to maintain a safe course while 
within the zone.
    (4) Enforcement. The U.S. Coast Guard may be assisted in the patrol 
and enforcement of the zone by Federal, State, and local agencies.
    (d) Enforcement period. This section will be enforced from 4 a.m. 
on January 14, 2009, through 10 p.m. on January 25, 2009.

    Dated: December 5, 2008.
Austin J. Gould,
Commander, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port, Baltimore, Maryland, 
Acting.
[FR Doc. E8-29726 Filed 12-16-08; 8:45 am]
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