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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 90 / Tuesday, May 11, 2010 / Rules and Regulations canceled and we will refund the proceeds of the maturing security. (3) Special rules if the maturing security was purchased prior to May 15, 2010. If the maturing security was purchased within TreasuryDirect or received through a transfer prior to May 15, 2010, we will debit your primary account at a financial institution for the additional funds. If we are unable to obtain sufficient funds from your primary account at a financial institution, the reinvestment will be canceled and we will refund the proceeds of the maturing security ■ 5. Revise § 363.210 to read as follows: § 363.210 Is there any period of time during which I will be unable to process certain transactions regarding my security? A closed book period will be in effect for four business days prior to the date a marketable security interest and/or redemption payment is made. 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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Coast Guard will enforce the following regulated areas, listed in three separate sections of 33 CFR part 100, which were published in the July 18, 2008 issue of the Federal Register. (73 FR 41263, 41264): § 100.914 Trenton Rotary Roar on the River, Trenton, MI. This regulation is effective from 12 p.m. on July 23, 2010 until 8 p.m. on July 25, 2010. This regulation will be enforced from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on July 23, 2010; and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on July 24 and 25, 2010. 26091 Captain of the Port Detroit, or his designated on-scene representative. These regulated areas are closed to all vessel traffic, except as may be permitted by the Captain of the Port Detroit or his designated on-scene representative. The ‘‘on-scene representative’’ of the Captain of the Port is any Coast Guard commissioned, warrant, or petty officer who has been designated by the Captain of the Port to act on his behalf. The onscene representative of the Captain of the Port will be aboard either a Coast Guard or Coast Guard Auxiliary vessel. The Captain of the Port or his designated on scene representative may be contacted via VHF Channel 16. Vessel operators desiring to enter or operate within the regulated area shall contact the Captain of the Port Detroit or his on-scene representative to obtain permission. Vessel operators given permission to enter or operate in the regulated area must comply with all directions given to them by the Captain of the Port or his on-scene representative. Dated: April 22, 2010. E. J. Marohn, Commander, U.S. Coast Guard, Acting Captain of the Port Detroit. [FR Doc. 2010–11081 Filed 5–10–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 147 [Docket No. USCG–2010–0337] § 100.915 St. Clair River Classic Offshore Race, St. Clair, MI. RIN 1625–AA00 BILLING CODE 4810–39–P This regulation is effective from 11 a.m. on July 23, 2010 until 6 p.m. on July 25, 2010. This regulation will be enforced daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 23, 24, and 25, 2010. Safety Zone; Riser for DEEPWATER HORIZON at Mississippi Canyon 252 Outer Continental Shelf MODU in the Gulf of Mexico DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY § 100.919 International Bay City River Roar, Bay City, MI. Coast Guard This regulation is effective from 8 a.m. on June 25, 2010 until 6 p.m. on June 28, 2010. This regulation will be enforced from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 25; and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 26 and 27, 2010. In the case of inclement weather on June 27, 2010, this regulation will also be enforced from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 28, 2010. In accordance with the general regulations in § 100.901 of this part, entry into, transiting, or anchoring within these regulated areas is prohibited unless authorized by the Richard L. Gregg, Acting Fiscal Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2010–11141 Filed 5–10–10; 8:45 am] 33 CFR Part 100 [Docket No. USCG–2010–0312] jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with RULES Regattas and Marine Parades; Great Lakes Annual Marine Events Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of enforcement of regulation. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The Coast Guard will enforce the local regulations for annual regattas VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:21 May 10, 2010 Jkt 220001 PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Coast Guard, DHS. Temporary final rule. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is establishing a safety zone around the riser for the DEEPWATER HORIZON, a Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU), at Mississippi Canyon 252 in the Outer Continental Shelf. The safety zone is needed to protect personnel involved in oil pollution response efforts. Placing a safety zone around the riser will significantly reduce the threat of collisions, oil spills, and releases of natural gas, and thereby protect the safety of life, property, and the environment. Oil response efforts are E:\FR\FM\11MYR1.SGM 11MYR1 26092 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 90 / Tuesday, May 11, 2010 / Rules and Regulations jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with RULES taking place on the water’s surface and subsurface. DATES: Effective Date: This rule is effective in the CFR on May 11, 2010 through May 26, 2010. This rule is effective with actual notice for purposes of enforcement on April 26, 2010. This rule will remain in effect until May 26, 2010. ADDRESSES: Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket are part of docket USCG–2010– 0337 and are available online by going to http://www.regulations.gov, inserting USCG–2010–0337 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 Dr. Madeleine McNamara, U.S. Coast Guard, District Eight Waterways Management Coordinator; telephone 504–671–2103, madeleine.w.mcnamara@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 it would be impracticable to do so, as the MODU is on fire and immediate action is necessary to protect first responders and to prevent entry into the area that is most impacted by the fire. 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. Good cause exists because the MODU is on fire and immediate action is necessary to protect first responders and to prevent entry into the area that is most impacted by the fire. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:21 May 10, 2010 Jkt 220001 Background and Purpose The Coast Guard is establishing a safety zone in the deepwater area of the Gulf of Mexico in response to the sinking of the DEEPWATER HORIZON, a Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU), which has sunk in the deepwater area of the Gulf of Mexico near Mississippi Canyon 252. The safety zone is located in the location of the riser attached to the seabed of the Outer Continental Shelf. The purpose of the safety zone is to protect both environmental responders and the environment. Efforts are underway to activate the blowout preventer using submersible remote operating vehicles. In evaluating the need for the safety zone, the Coast Guard explored relevant safety factors and considered several criteria, including but not limited to, (1) the level of shipping activity around the facility, (2) safety concerns for personnel aboard the facility, (3) concerns for the environment, (4) the likeliness that an allision would result in a catastrophic event based on proximity to shipping fairways, offloading operations, production levels, and size of the crew, (5) the volume of traffic in the vicinity of the proposed area, (6) the types of vessels navigating in the vicinity of the proposed area, and (7) the structural configuration of the facility. We have determined that a safety zone is needed to protect persons and vessels in the vicinity of the oil spill. Discussion of Rule The Coast Guard is establishing a safety zone encompassing all areas within 500 meters around the position 28–44–18N and 088–21–54W. The safety zone is located in the deepwater area of the Gulf of Mexico near Mississippi Canyon 252. For the purpose of this regulation, the deepwater area is considered to be waters of 304.8 meters (1,000 feet) or greater depth extending to the limits of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) contiguous to the territorial sea of the United States and extending to a distance up to 200 nautical miles from the baseline from which the breadth of the sea is measured. The deepwater area also includes an extensive system of fairways. Navigation in the vicinity of the safety zone consists of large commercial shipping vessels, fishing vessels, cruise ships, tugs with tows and the occasional recreational vessel. Results from a thorough and comprehensive examination of the criteria, IMO guidelines, and existing regulations warrant the establishment of PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 a safety zone of 500 meters around the position 28–44–18N and 088–21–54W. The regulation will reduce significantly the threat of collisions, allisions, oil spills, and releases of natural gas and increase the safety of life, property, and the environment in the Gulf of Mexico by prohibiting entry into the zone unless specifically authorized by the Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District. In accordance with the general regulations located at 33 CFR 147, entry into this zone is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District or a designated representative. They may be contacted on VHF–FM Channel 13 or 16 or by telephone at 504–589–6225. 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. This rule is not a significant regulatory action due to the location of the riser for the MODU DEEPWATER HORIZON—on the Outer Continental Shelf—and its distance from both land and safety fairways. Vessels traversing waters near the safety zone will be able to safely travel around the zone without incurring additional costs. Small Entities Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601–612), we have considered whether this rule would have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The term ‘‘small entities’’ comprises small businesses, not-for-profit organizations that are independently owned and operated and are not dominant in their fields, and governmental jurisdictions with populations of less than 50,000. The Coast Guard certifies under 5 U.S.C. 605(b) that this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. This rule will affect the following entities, some of which might be small entities: The owners or operators of E:\FR\FM\11MYR1.SGM 11MYR1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 90 / Tuesday, May 11, 2010 / Rules and Regulations vessels intending to transit or anchor in Mississippi Canyon block 252. This safety zone will not have a significant economic impact or a substantial number of small entities for the following reasons: This rule will enforce a safety zone around a MODU that is in an area of the Gulf of Mexico not frequented by vessel traffic and is not in close proximity to a safety fairway. Further, vessel traffic can pass safely around the safety zone without incurring additional costs. 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. 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 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. 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. 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). jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with RULES 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 (adjusted for inflation) or VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:21 May 10, 2010 Jkt 220001 Taking of Private Property This rule will not cause 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 26093 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 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. 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 that 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 involves the establishment of a safety zone. Pursuant to paragraph (34)(g) of the Instruction, an environmental analysis checklist and a categorical exclusion determination will be available in the future in the docket where indicated under ADDRESSES. Energy Effects List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 147 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. Continental shelf, Marine safety, Navigation (water). ■ For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 33 CFR part 147 as follows: Technical Standards (a) Location. All areas within 500 meters (1640.4 feet) around the position of the riser at 28–44–18N and 088–21– 54W is a safety zone. This area surrounds the DEEPWATER HORIZON, a Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU), has sunk in the deepwater area 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 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 PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 PART 147—SAFETY ZONES 1. The authority citation for part 147 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 14 U.S.C. 85; 43 U.S.C. 1333; and Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1. 2. Add § 147.T08–849 to read as follows: ■ § 147.T08–849 DEEPWATER HORIZON Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit Safety Zone. E:\FR\FM\11MYR1.SGM 11MYR1 26094 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 90 / Tuesday, May 11, 2010 / Rules and Regulations of the Gulf of Mexico near Mississippi Canyon 252. (b) Regulation. No vessel may enter or remain in this safety zone except the following: (1) An attending or first response vessel; or (2) A vessel authorized by the Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District or a designated representative. Dated: 26 April 2010. Mary E. Landry, Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. 2010–10945 Filed 5–10–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 [Docket No. USCG–2010–0166] RIN 1625–AA00 Safety Zone, Brandon Road Lock and Dam to Lake Michigan including Des Plaines River, Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, Chicago River, and Calumet-Saganashkee Channel, Chicago, IL Coast Guard, DHS. Temporary interim rule with request for comments. AGENCY: jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with RULES ACTION: SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone from Brandon Road Lock and Dam to Lake Michigan. This temporary safety zone will cover 77 miles of navigable waterways in the Chicago area. This temporary interim rule is intended to restrict vessels from entering certain segments of the navigable waters of the Des Plaines River, the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal (CSSC), branches of the Chicago River, and the CalumetSaganashkee Channel (Cal-Sag Channel). This temporary safety zone is necessary to protect the waters, waterway users and vessels from hazards associated with a myriad of actions designed to control the spread of aquatic nuisance species. Because Federal and State agencies may take such actions at any time and in any segment of the waterways covered by this temporary safety zone, this rule provides the Captain of the Port, Sector Lake Michigan, the ability to take targeted and expeditious action in order to protect vessels and persons from the hazards associated with any Federal and State efforts to control aquatic nuisance species. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:21 May 10, 2010 Jkt 220001 DATES: Effective Date: This rule is effective in the CFR on May 11, 2010 through March 1, 2011. This rule is effective with actual notice for purposes of enforcement on April 28, 2010. This rule will remain in effect until March 1, 2011. Comment Period: Comments and related material must reach the Coast Guard on or before July 12, 2010. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG– 2010–0166 using any one of the following methods: (1) Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. (2) Fax: 202–493–2251. (3) 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. (4) Hand delivery: Same as mail address above, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The telephone number is 202–366–9329. To avoid duplication, please use only one of these four methods. See the ‘‘Public Participation and Request for Comments’’ portion of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below for instructions on submitting comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this rule, call CDR Tim Cummins, Deputy Prevention Division, Ninth Coast Guard District, telephone 216–902–6045, e-mail address Timothy.M.Cummins@uscg.mil. If you have questions related to the application of piscicide, please contact Mr. Bill Bolen, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Senior Advisor, Great Lakes National Program Office, 77 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, Il. 60604, at (312) 353–6316. If you have questions on viewing the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202–366–9826. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: indicate the specific section of this document to which each comment applies, and provide a reason for each suggestion or recommendation. You may submit your comments and material online (via http:// www.regulations.gov) or by fax, mail or hand delivery, but please use only one of these means. If you submit a comment online via http:// www.regulations.gov, it will be considered received by the Coast Guard when you successfully transmit the comment. If you fax, hand deliver, or mail your comment, it will be considered received by the Coast Guard when it is received at the Docket Management Facility. We recommend that you include your name and mailing address, e-mail address, or telephone number in the body of your document so that we can contact you if we have questions regarding your submission. To submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov, click on the ‘‘submit a comment’’ box, which will then become highlighted in blue. In the ‘‘Document Type’’ drop down menu select ‘‘Proposed Rule’’ and insert ‘‘USCG–2010–0166’’ in the ‘‘Keyword’’ box. Click ‘‘Search’’ then click on the balloon shape in the ‘‘Actions’’ column. If you submit comments by mail or hand delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no larger than 81⁄2 by 11 inches, suitable for copying and electronic filing. If you submit comments 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 and may change this rule based on your comments. 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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 90 (Tuesday, May 11, 2010)]
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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 147

[Docket No. USCG-2010-0337]
RIN 1625-AA00


Safety Zone; Riser for DEEPWATER HORIZON at Mississippi Canyon 
252 Outer Continental Shelf MODU in the Gulf of Mexico

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Temporary final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is establishing a safety zone around the riser 
for the DEEPWATER HORIZON, a Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU), at 
Mississippi Canyon 252 in the Outer Continental Shelf. The safety zone 
is needed to protect personnel involved in oil pollution response 
efforts. Placing a safety zone around the riser will significantly 
reduce the threat of collisions, oil spills, and releases of natural 
gas, and thereby protect the safety of life, property, and the 
environment. Oil response efforts are

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taking place on the water's surface and subsurface.

DATES: Effective Date: This rule is effective in the CFR on May 11, 
2010 through May 26, 2010. This rule is effective with actual notice 
for purposes of enforcement on April 26, 2010. This rule will remain in 
effect until May 26, 2010.

ADDRESSES: Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in 
the docket are part of docket USCG-2010-0337 and are available online 
by going to http://www.regulations.gov, inserting USCG-2010-0337 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 Dr. Madeleine McNamara, U.S. Coast 
Guard, District Eight Waterways Management Coordinator; telephone 504-
671-2103, madeleine.w.mcnamara@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 it would be impracticable to do so, 
as the MODU is on fire and immediate action is necessary to protect 
first responders and to prevent entry into the area that is most 
impacted by the fire.
    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. Good cause exists because the MODU 
is on fire and immediate action is necessary to protect first 
responders and to prevent entry into the area that is most impacted by 
the fire.

Background and Purpose

    The Coast Guard is establishing a safety zone in the deepwater area 
of the Gulf of Mexico in response to the sinking of the DEEPWATER 
HORIZON, a Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU), which has sunk in the 
deepwater area of the Gulf of Mexico near Mississippi Canyon 252.
    The safety zone is located in the location of the riser attached to 
the seabed of the Outer Continental Shelf. The purpose of the safety 
zone is to protect both environmental responders and the environment. 
Efforts are underway to activate the blowout preventer using 
submersible remote operating vehicles. In evaluating the need for the 
safety zone, the Coast Guard explored relevant safety factors and 
considered several criteria, including but not limited to, (1) the 
level of shipping activity around the facility, (2) safety concerns for 
personnel aboard the facility, (3) concerns for the environment, (4) 
the likeliness that an allision would result in a catastrophic event 
based on proximity to shipping fairways, offloading operations, 
production levels, and size of the crew, (5) the volume of traffic in 
the vicinity of the proposed area, (6) the types of vessels navigating 
in the vicinity of the proposed area, and (7) the structural 
configuration of the facility. We have determined that a safety zone is 
needed to protect persons and vessels in the vicinity of the oil spill.

Discussion of Rule

    The Coast Guard is establishing a safety zone encompassing all 
areas within 500 meters around the position 28-44-18N and 088-21-54W. 
The safety zone is located in the deepwater area of the Gulf of Mexico 
near Mississippi Canyon 252. For the purpose of this regulation, the 
deepwater area is considered to be waters of 304.8 meters (1,000 feet) 
or greater depth extending to the limits of the Exclusive Economic Zone 
(EEZ) contiguous to the territorial sea of the United States and 
extending to a distance up to 200 nautical miles from the baseline from 
which the breadth of the sea is measured. The deepwater area also 
includes an extensive system of fairways. Navigation in the vicinity of 
the safety zone consists of large commercial shipping vessels, fishing 
vessels, cruise ships, tugs with tows and the occasional recreational 
vessel.
    Results from a thorough and comprehensive examination of the 
criteria, IMO guidelines, and existing regulations warrant the 
establishment of a safety zone of 500 meters around the position 28-44-
18N and 088-21-54W. The regulation will reduce significantly the threat 
of collisions, allisions, oil spills, and releases of natural gas and 
increase the safety of life, property, and the environment in the Gulf 
of Mexico by prohibiting entry into the zone unless specifically 
authorized by the Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District.
    In accordance with the general regulations located at 33 CFR 147, 
entry into this zone is prohibited unless specifically authorized by 
the Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District or a designated 
representative. They may be contacted on VHF-FM Channel 13 or 16 or by 
telephone at 504-589-6225.

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.
    This rule is not a significant regulatory action due to the 
location of the riser for the MODU DEEPWATER HORIZON--on the Outer 
Continental Shelf--and its distance from both land and safety fairways. 
Vessels traversing waters near the safety zone will be able to safely 
travel around the zone without incurring additional costs.

Small Entities

    Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612), we have 
considered whether this rule would have a significant economic impact 
on a substantial number of small entities. The term ``small entities'' 
comprises small businesses, not-for-profit organizations that are 
independently owned and operated and are not dominant in their fields, 
and governmental jurisdictions with populations of less than 50,000.
    The Coast Guard certifies under 5 U.S.C. 605(b) that this rule will 
not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small 
entities. This rule will affect the following entities, some of which 
might be small entities: The owners or operators of

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vessels intending to transit or anchor in Mississippi Canyon block 252.
    This safety zone will not have a significant economic impact or a 
substantial number of small entities for the following reasons: This 
rule will enforce a safety zone around a MODU that is in an area of the 
Gulf of Mexico not frequented by vessel traffic and is not in close 
proximity to a safety fairway. Further, vessel traffic can pass safely 
around the safety zone without incurring additional costs.

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 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 (adjusted for 
inflation) 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 cause 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 that 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 involves the establishment of a safety zone.
    Pursuant to paragraph (34)(g) of the Instruction, an environmental 
analysis checklist and a categorical exclusion determination will be 
available in the future in the docket where indicated under ADDRESSES.

List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 147

    Continental shelf, Marine safety, Navigation (water).

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For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 33 
CFR part 147 as follows:

PART 147--SAFETY ZONES

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1. The authority citation for part 147 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  14 U.S.C. 85; 43 U.S.C. 1333; and Department of 
Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1.


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2. Add Sec.  147.T08-849 to read as follows:


Sec.  147.T08-849  DEEPWATER HORIZON Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit 
Safety Zone.

    (a) Location. All areas within 500 meters (1640.4 feet) around the 
position of the riser at 28-44-18N and 088-21-54W is a safety zone. 
This area surrounds the DEEPWATER HORIZON, a Mobile Offshore Drilling 
Unit (MODU), has sunk in the deepwater area

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of the Gulf of Mexico near Mississippi Canyon 252.
    (b) Regulation. No vessel may enter or remain in this safety zone 
except the following:
    (1) An attending or first response vessel; or
    (2) A vessel authorized by the Commander, Eighth Coast Guard 
District or a designated representative.

    Dated: 26 April 2010.
Mary E. Landry,
Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District.
[FR Doc. 2010-10945 Filed 5-10-10; 8:45 am]
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