Safety Zone; Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Oak Island, NC, 68686-68689 [E9-30718]

Download as PDF 68686 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 248 / Tuesday, December 29, 2009 / Rules and Regulations b. In paragraph (b), the first sentence is amended by removing the word ‘‘shall’’ and, in its place, adding the word ‘‘must’’ and by removing the term ‘‘Customs territory’’ and, in its place, adding the term ‘‘customs territory’’; the third sentence is amended by removing the term ‘‘shall’’ and, in its place, adding the term ‘‘will’’ and by removing the two references to ‘‘Customs’’ and, in its place, adding the term ‘‘CBP’’; and the fourth sentence is amended by removing the reference to ‘‘Customs’’ and, in its place, adding the term ‘‘CBP’’. ■ c. In paragraph (c), the first and fourth sentences are amended by removing the term ‘‘shall’’ each place it appears and adding the term ‘‘must’’ in its place; and the fifth sentence is amended by removing the term ‘‘shall’’ and, in its place, adding the term ‘‘will’’ and by removing the two references to ‘‘Customs’’ and, in its place, adding the term ‘‘CBP’’. ■ d. Paragraph (g) is amended by removing the term ‘‘shall’’ each place it appears and, in its place, adding the term ‘‘must’’; and by removing the term ‘‘Customs’’ and, in its place, adding the term ‘‘CBP’’. ■ e. Paragraph (e) is revised to read as follows: ■ § 19.36 Requirements for duty-free store operations. cprice-sewell on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with RULES * * * * * (e) Merchandise eligible for warehousing in duty-free stores (Class 9 Warehouses)—(1) In General. Conditionally duty-free merchandise and other merchandise (domestic merchandise and merchandise which was previously entered or withdrawn for consumption and brought into a duty-free store (Class 9 warehouse) for display and sale or for delivery to purchasers can be warehoused in a duty-free store (Class 9 warehouse), but the conditionally duty-free merchandise and other merchandise must be physically segregated from one another, unless one of the following exceptions apply. (2) Marking exception to physical segregation. Merchandise may be identified or marked ‘‘DUTY-PAID’’ or ‘‘U.S.-ORIGIN’’, or similar markings, as applicable, to enable CBP officers to easily distinguish conditionally dutyfree merchandise from other merchandise in the sales or crib area. (3) Electronic inventory exception to physical segregation. If the proprietor has an electronic inventory system capable of immediately identifying conditionally duty-free merchandise from other merchandise, the proprietor need not physically separate VerDate Nov<24>2008 15:16 Dec 28, 2009 Jkt 220001 conditionally duty-free merchandise from other merchandise or mark the merchandise. * * * * * PART 144—WAREHOUSE AND REWAREHOUSE ENTRIES AND WITHDRAWALS 5. The general authority citation for part 144 and specific authority citation for § 144.37 continue to read as follows: ■ Authority: 19 U.S.C. 66, 1484, 1557, 1559, 1624. * * * * * Section 144.37 also issued under 19 U.S.C. 1555, 1562. 6. Section 144.5 is revised to read as follows: ■ § 144.5 Period of warehousing. Merchandise must not remain in a bonded warehouse beyond 5 years from the date of importation or such longer period of time as the port director may at his discretion permit upon proper request being filed and good cause shown. ■ 7. In § 144.37: ■ a. Paragraph (a) is amended by removing the word ‘‘shall’’ each place it appears and, in its place, adding the word ‘‘must’’; and by removing the word ‘‘Customs’’ each place it appears and, in its place, adding the term ‘‘CBP’’. ■ b. Paragraphs (b)(1), (f), and (h)(3) are amended by removing the word ‘‘shall’’ each place it appears and, in its place, adding the word ‘‘must’’. ■ c. In paragraph (b)(2), the first sentence is amended by removing the word ‘‘shall’’ and, in its place, adding the word ‘‘must’’ and by removing the reference to ‘‘Customs’’ and, in its place, adding the term ‘‘CBP’’; the second and third sentences are amended by removing the word ‘‘shall’’ each place it appears and, in its place, adding the word ‘‘will’’; and the last sentence is amended by removing the word ‘‘shall’’ and, in its place, adding the word ‘‘must’’. ■ d. Paragraph (d) is amended by removing the word ‘‘Customs’’ each place it appears and, in its place, adding the term ‘‘CBP’’; and by removing the word ‘‘shall’’ each place it appears and, in its place, adding the word ‘‘must’’. ■ e. Paragraphs (h)(2), introductory text, and (h)(2)(vi) are revised to read as follows: § 144.37 Withdrawal for exportation. * * * * * (h) * * * (2) Sales ticket content and handling. Sales ticket withdrawals must be made only under a blanket permit to PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 withdrawal (see § 19.6(d) of this chapter) and the sales ticket will serve as the equivalent of the supplementary withdrawal. A sales ticket is an invoice of the proprietor’s design which will include: * * * * * (vi) A statement on the original copy (purchaser’s copy) to the effect that goods purchased in a duty-free store will be subject to duty and/or tax with personal exemption if returned to the United States. At the time of purchase, the original sales ticket must be made out in the name of the purchaser and given to the purchaser. One copy of the sales ticket must be retained by the proprietor. This copy may be maintained electronically. A permit file copy will be attached to the parcel containing the purchased articles unless the proprietor has established and maintained an effective method to match the parcel containing the purchased articles with the purchaser. Additional copies may be retained by the proprietor. * * * * * Approved: December 22, 2009. Jayson P. Ahern, Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Timothy E. Skud, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury. [FR Doc. E9–30735 Filed 12–28–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–14–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 [Docket No. USCG–2009–1067] RIN 1625–AA00 Safety Zone; Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Oak Island, NC Coast Guard, DHS. Temporary final rule. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on the waters of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway at Oak Island, North Carolina. All vessels are prohibited from transiting the zone near the second crossing to Oak Island, North Carolina except as specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port or a designated representative. The safety zone is necessary to provide for the safety of mariners on navigable waters during the installation of bridge girders at the new high-level fixed highway bridge at the E:\FR\FM\29DER1.SGM 29DER1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 248 / Tuesday, December 29, 2009 / Rules and Regulations cprice-sewell on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with RULES second crossing to Oak Island, North Carolina. DATES: This rule is effective December 29, 2009 through 5:30 p.m. January 11, 2010, and applicable for purposes of enforcement from 7:30 a.m. December 7, 2009 through 5:30 p.m. January 11, 2010. ADDRESSES: Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket are part of docket USCG–2009– 1067 and are available online by going to http://www.regulations.gov, inserting USCG–2009–1067 in the ‘‘Keyword’’ box, and then clicking ‘‘Search.’’ 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: If you have questions on this temporary rule, call or e-mail CWO4 Stephen Lyons, Waterways Management Division Chief, Coast Guard Sector North Carolina; telephone (252) 247– 4525, e-mail Stephen.W.Lyons2@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202–366– 9826. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulatory Information The Coast Guard is issuing this temporary final rule without prior notice and opportunity to comment pursuant to authority under section 4(a) of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 553(b)). This provision authorizes an agency to issue a rule without prior notice and opportunity to comment when the agency for good cause finds that those procedures are ‘‘impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest.’’ Under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for not publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) with respect to this rule because immediate action is needed to provide for the safety of life and property on navigable waters. Under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for making this rule effective less than 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. Delaying the effective date would be contrary to public interest because hazards associated with the girder installation, including potential falling debris and the use of heavy equipment and machinery in the waterway, could lead to severe injury, VerDate Nov<24>2008 15:16 Dec 28, 2009 Jkt 220001 fatalities and/or destruction of public property. Therefore, immediate action is needed to ensure the public’s safety from the hazards noted above. Background and Purpose The State of North Carolina Department of Transportation awarded a contract to Lee Construction Company of the Carolinas, Inc. of Charlotte, North Carolina, to perform bridge girder installation at the new high-level fixed highway bridge at the second crossing to Oak Island, North Carolina. The contract provides for the installation of bridge girders. The center girder installation is scheduled to begin on December 7, 2009 and will be completed by January 11, 2010. The contractor will be utilizing a deck barge with a 55’ beam, a 450 ton ringer crane on a stationary barge with an 85’ beam, and an assist tug to conduct the girder installation. This operation presents a potential hazard to mariners from falling debris and the use of heavy equipment and machinery. To provide for the safety of the public, the Coast Guard will temporarily restrict access to this section of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway during girder installation, scheduled daily from 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Discussion of Rule The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone to encompass the waters of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway extending 250 yards in all directions from the main construction site at the second crossing to Oak Island, North Carolina, located at Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Mile 316.6 (33°55.63 N, 078°9.37 W, NAD 1983). All vessels are prohibited from transiting this section of the waterway while the safety zone is in effect. Entry into the zone will not be permitted except as specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port or a designated representative. To seek permission to transit the area, mariners can contact Sector North Carolina at telephone number (252) 247–4570. This zone will be enforced daily from 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. while girder installation is in progress from December 7, 2009 through January 11, 2010. Notification of the safety zone will be provided to the public via broadcast notice to mariners. 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. PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 68687 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. Although this regulation will restrict access to the area, the effect of this rule will not be significant because: (i) The safety zone will be in effect for a limited duration of time, (ii) the Coast Guard will give advance notification via maritime advisories so mariners can adjust their plans accordingly, and (iii) vessels may be granted permission to transit the area by the Captain of the Port or a designated representative. 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 may be small entities: The owners or operators of tug and barge, recreational, and fishing vessels intending to transit the specified portion of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway from 7:30 a.m. December 7, 2009 through 5:30 p.m. January 11, 2010. This safety zone will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities for the following reason: This rule will be enforced for only a limited time each day. Although the safety zone will apply to the entire width of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, vessel traffic can use alternate waterways to transit safely around the safety zone. Before the effective period, the Coast Guard will issue maritime advisories widely available to the users of the waterway. Assistance for Small Entities Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104–121), we offer to assist small entities in understanding the rule so that they can E:\FR\FM\29DER1.SGM 29DER1 68688 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 248 / Tuesday, December 29, 2009 / Rules and Regulations 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. cprice-sewell on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with RULES 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. VerDate Nov<24>2008 15:16 Dec 28, 2009 Jkt 220001 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 PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Management Directive 023–01 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 this action is one of a category of actions which do not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment. This rule is categorically excluded, under figure 2–1, paragraph (34)(g), of the Instruction. This rule establishes a temporary safety zone to protect the public from bridge construction operations. An environmental analysis checklist and a categorical exclusion determination are available in the docket where indicated under ADDRESSES. List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165 Harbors, Marine safety, Navigation (water), Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, 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: ■ Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1226, 1231; 46 U.S.C. Chapter 701, 3306, 3703; 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.T05–1067 to read as follows: ■ § 165.T05–1067 Safety Zone; Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Oak Island, NC. (a) Definitions. For the purposes of this section, Captain of the Port means the Commander, Sector North Carolina. Designated representative means any Coast Guard commissioned, warrant, or petty officer who has been authorized to act on behalf of the Captain of the Port. (b) Location. The following area is a safety zone: The waters of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway extending 250 yards in all directions from the main construction site at the new high-level fixed highway bridge at the second crossing to Oak Island, North Carolina, located at Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Mile 316.6 (33°55.63 N., 078°9.37 W., NAD 1983). (c) Regulations. (1) The general regulations contained in § 165.23 of this part apply to the area described in paragraph (b) of this section. (2) Persons or vessels requiring entry into or passage through any portion of the safety zone must first request E:\FR\FM\29DER1.SGM 29DER1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 248 / Tuesday, December 29, 2009 / Rules and Regulations authorization from the Captain of the Port, or a designated representative, unless the Captain of the Port previously announced via Marine Safety Radio Broadcast on VHF Marine Band Radio channel 22 (157.1 MHz) that this regulation will not be enforced in that portion of the safety zone. The Captain of the Port can be contacted at telephone number (252) 247–4570 or by radio on VHF Marine Band Radio, channels 13 and 16. (d) Enforcement. The U.S. Coast Guard may be assisted in the patrol and enforcement of the zone by Federal, State, and local agencies. (e) Enforcement period. This section will be enforced daily from 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. while girder installation is in progress throughout the effective period from 7:30 a.m. December 7, 2009 through 5:30 p.m. January 11, 2010 unless cancelled earlier by the Captain of the Port. The exact daily times will be announced in Broadcast Notice to Mariners. Dated: December 7, 2009. J.E. Ryan, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port North Carolina. [FR Doc. E9–30718 Filed 12–28–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 52 [EPA–R07–OAR–2008–0787; FRL–9096–4] Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Missouri cprice-sewell on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with RULES AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Direct final rule. SUMMARY: EPA is approving a revision to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the state of Missouri. This revision applies to Missouri’s rule relating to restriction of emission of visible air contaminants and removes redundant definitions, removes an outdated exemption for incinerators used to burn refuse in the outstate area, and clarifies that the test methods stated in the rule shall be used to determine the opacity of visible emissions. EPA is not taking action on the state submitted revisions relating to open burning, as these provisions revise a rule that has not been adopted into the SIP. Approval of this revision will ensure consistency between the state and the Federally approved rules. VerDate Nov<24>2008 15:16 Dec 28, 2009 Jkt 220001 68689 Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the http:// www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available; i.e., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, is not placed on the Internet and will be publicly available only in hard copy ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, form. Publicly available docket identified by Docket ID No. EPA–R07– materials are available either OAR–2008–0787, by one of the electronically in http:// following methods: 1. http://www.regulations.gov. Follow www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the Environmental Protection Agency, the on-line instructions for submitting Air Planning and Development Branch, comments. 901 North 5th Street, Kansas City, 2. E-mail: kemp.lachala@epa.gov. 3. Mail: Lachala Kemp, Environmental Kansas 66101. The Regional Office’s official hours of business are Monday Protection Agency, Air Planning and through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Development Branch, 901 North 5th excluding Federal holidays. The Street, Kansas City, Kansas 66101. interested persons wanting to examine 4. Hand Delivery or Courier: Deliver these documents should make an your comments to Lachala Kemp, appointment with the office at least 24 Environmental Protection Agency, Air Planning and Development Branch, 901 hours in advance. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: North 5th Street, Kansas City, Kansas Lachala Kemp at (913) 551–7214, or by 66101. Instructions: Direct your comments to e-mail at kemp.lachala@epa.gov. Docket ID No. EPA–R07–OAR–2008– SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 0787. EPA’s policy is that all comments Throughout this document ‘‘we,’’ ‘‘us,’’ received will be included in the public or ‘‘our’’ refer to EPA. This section docket without change and may be provides additional information by made available online at http:// addressing the following questions: www.regulations.gov, including any What is a SIP? personal information provided, unless What is the Federal approval process for a the comment includes information SIP? What does Federal approval of a state claimed to be Confidential Business regulation mean to me? Information (CBI) or other information What is being addressed in this document? whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Have the requirements for approval of a Do not submit through http:// SIP revision been met? www.regulations.gov or e-mail What action is EPA taking? information that you consider to be CBI What is a SIP? or otherwise protected. The http:// www.regulations.gov Web site is an Section 110 of the Clean Air Act ‘‘anonymous access’’ system, which (CAA) requires states to develop air means EPA will not know your identity pollution regulations and control or contact information unless you strategies to ensure that state air quality provide it in the body of your comment. meets the national ambient air quality If you send an e-mail comment directly standards established by EPA. 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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 248 (Tuesday, December 29, 2009)]
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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 165

[Docket No. USCG-2009-1067]
RIN 1625-AA00


Safety Zone; Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Oak Island, NC

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Temporary final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on the 
waters of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway at Oak Island, North 
Carolina. All vessels are prohibited from transiting the zone near the 
second crossing to Oak Island, North Carolina except as specifically 
authorized by the Captain of the Port or a designated representative. 
The safety zone is necessary to provide for the safety of mariners on 
navigable waters during the installation of bridge girders at the new 
high-level fixed highway bridge at the

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second crossing to Oak Island, North Carolina.

DATES: This rule is effective December 29, 2009 through 5:30 p.m. 
January 11, 2010, and applicable for purposes of enforcement from 7:30 
a.m. December 7, 2009 through 5:30 p.m. January 11, 2010.

ADDRESSES: Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in 
the docket are part of docket USCG-2009-1067 and are available online 
by going to http://www.regulations.gov, inserting USCG-2009-1067 in the 
``Keyword'' box, and then clicking ``Search.'' 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: If you have questions on this 
temporary rule, call or e-mail CWO4 Stephen Lyons, Waterways Management 
Division Chief, Coast Guard Sector North Carolina; telephone (252) 247-
4525, e-mail Stephen.W.Lyons2@uscg.mil. If you have questions on 
viewing the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket 
Operations, telephone 202-366-9826.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Regulatory Information

    The Coast Guard is issuing this temporary final rule without prior 
notice and opportunity to comment pursuant to authority under section 
4(a) of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 553(b)). This 
provision authorizes an agency to issue a rule without prior notice and 
opportunity to comment when the agency for good cause finds that those 
procedures are ``impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public 
interest.'' Under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), the Coast Guard finds that good 
cause exists for not publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) 
with respect to this rule because immediate action is needed to provide 
for the safety of life and property on navigable waters.
    Under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), the Coast Guard finds that good cause 
exists for making this rule effective less than 30 days after 
publication in the Federal Register. Delaying the effective date would 
be contrary to public interest because hazards associated with the 
girder installation, including potential falling debris and the use of 
heavy equipment and machinery in the waterway, could lead to severe 
injury, fatalities and/or destruction of public property. Therefore, 
immediate action is needed to ensure the public's safety from the 
hazards noted above.

Background and Purpose

    The State of North Carolina Department of Transportation awarded a 
contract to Lee Construction Company of the Carolinas, Inc. of 
Charlotte, North Carolina, to perform bridge girder installation at the 
new high-level fixed highway bridge at the second crossing to Oak 
Island, North Carolina. The contract provides for the installation of 
bridge girders. The center girder installation is scheduled to begin on 
December 7, 2009 and will be completed by January 11, 2010. The 
contractor will be utilizing a deck barge with a 55' beam, a 450 ton 
ringer crane on a stationary barge with an 85' beam, and an assist tug 
to conduct the girder installation. This operation presents a potential 
hazard to mariners from falling debris and the use of heavy equipment 
and machinery. To provide for the safety of the public, the Coast Guard 
will temporarily restrict access to this section of the Atlantic 
Intracoastal Waterway during girder installation, scheduled daily from 
7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

Discussion of Rule

    The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone to 
encompass the waters of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway extending 
250 yards in all directions from the main construction site at the 
second crossing to Oak Island, North Carolina, located at Atlantic 
Intracoastal Waterway Mile 316.6 (33[deg]55.63 N, 078[deg]9.37 W, NAD 
1983). All vessels are prohibited from transiting this section of the 
waterway while the safety zone is in effect. Entry into the zone will 
not be permitted except as specifically authorized by the Captain of 
the Port or a designated representative. To seek permission to transit 
the area, mariners can contact Sector North Carolina at telephone 
number (252) 247-4570. This zone will be enforced daily from 7:30 a.m. 
until 11:30 a.m. while girder installation is in progress from December 
7, 2009 through January 11, 2010. Notification of the safety zone will 
be provided to the public via broadcast notice to mariners.

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.
    Although this regulation will restrict access to the area, the 
effect of this rule will not be significant because: (i) The safety 
zone will be in effect for a limited duration of time, (ii) the Coast 
Guard will give advance notification via maritime advisories so 
mariners can adjust their plans accordingly, and (iii) vessels may be 
granted permission to transit the area by the Captain of the Port or a 
designated representative.

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 
may be small entities: The owners or operators of tug and barge, 
recreational, and fishing vessels intending to transit the specified 
portion of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway from 7:30 a.m. December 
7, 2009 through 5:30 p.m. January 11, 2010.
    This safety zone will not have a significant economic impact on a 
substantial number of small entities for the following reason: This 
rule will be enforced for only a limited time each day. Although the 
safety zone will apply to the entire width of the Atlantic Intracoastal 
Waterway, vessel traffic can use alternate waterways to transit safely 
around the safety zone. Before the effective period, the Coast Guard 
will issue maritime advisories widely available to the users of the 
waterway.

Assistance for Small Entities

    Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement 
Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-121), we offer to assist small 
entities in understanding the rule so that they can

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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 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 023-01 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 
this action is one of a category of actions which do not individually 
or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment. 
This rule is categorically excluded, under figure 2-1, paragraph 
(34)(g), of the Instruction. This rule establishes a temporary safety 
zone to protect the public from bridge construction operations. An 
environmental analysis checklist and a categorical exclusion 
determination are available in the docket where indicated under 
ADDRESSES.

List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165

    Harbors, Marine safety, Navigation (water), Reporting and 
recordkeeping requirements, 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, 3306, 
3703; 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.T05-1067 to read as follows:


Sec.  165.T05-1067  Safety Zone; Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Oak 
Island, NC.

    (a) Definitions. For the purposes of this section, Captain of the 
Port means the Commander, Sector North Carolina. Designated 
representative means any Coast Guard commissioned, warrant, or petty 
officer who has been authorized to act on behalf of the Captain of the 
Port.
    (b) Location. The following area is a safety zone: The waters of 
the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway extending 250 yards in all 
directions from the main construction site at the new high-level fixed 
highway bridge at the second crossing to Oak Island, North Carolina, 
located at Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Mile 316.6 (33[deg]55.63 N., 
078[deg]9.37 W., NAD 1983).
    (c) Regulations. (1) The general regulations contained in Sec.  
165.23 of this part apply to the area described in paragraph (b) of 
this section.
    (2) Persons or vessels requiring entry into or passage through any 
portion of the safety zone must first request

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authorization from the Captain of the Port, or a designated 
representative, unless the Captain of the Port previously announced via 
Marine Safety Radio Broadcast on VHF Marine Band Radio channel 22 
(157.1 MHz) that this regulation will not be enforced in that portion 
of the safety zone. The Captain of the Port can be contacted at 
telephone number (252) 247-4570 or by radio on VHF Marine Band Radio, 
channels 13 and 16.
    (d) Enforcement. The U.S. Coast Guard may be assisted in the patrol 
and enforcement of the zone by Federal, State, and local agencies.
    (e) Enforcement period. This section will be enforced daily from 
7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. while girder installation is in progress 
throughout the effective period from 7:30 a.m. December 7, 2009 through 
5:30 p.m. January 11, 2010 unless cancelled earlier by the Captain of 
the Port. The exact daily times will be announced in Broadcast Notice 
to Mariners.

    Dated: December 7, 2009.
J.E. Ryan,
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port North Carolina.
[FR Doc. E9-30718 Filed 12-28-09; 8:45 am]
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