Safety Zone; Central Astoria Independence Celebration Fireworks Event, Wards Island, NY, 37002-37005 [2011-15788]

Download as PDF 37002 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 122 / Friday, June 24, 2011 / Rules and Regulations from 9:40 p.m. through 11:15 p.m. on July 5, 2011. At all other times during the effective period of this temporary regulation, the bridge will operate as outlined at 33 CFR 117.733(e). The vertical clearance of this bascule bridge is 20 feet above mean high water in the closed position to vessels and unlimited in the open position. The current operating regulations are outlined at 33 CFR 117.733(e), which require that the bridge shall open on signal but only if at least four hours of notice is given; except that from April 1 through October 31, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., the draw need only open on the hour. The majority of the vessels that transit this bridge during this time are recreational boats. Vessels able to pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so at any time. The bridge will be able to open for emergencies. The Atlantic Ocean is an alternate route for vessels with mast heights greater than 20 feet. The Coast Guard will inform the users of the waterway through our Local and Broadcast Notices to Mariners of the closure period so that vessels can plan their transits to minimize any impact caused by the temporary deviation. In accordance with 33 CFR 117.35(e), the drawbridge must return to its regular operating schedule immediately at the end of the designated time period. This deviation from the operating regulations is authorized under 33 CFR 117.35. Dated: June 15, 2011. Waverly W. Gregory, Jr., Bridge Program Manager, By direction of the Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. 2011–15802 Filed 6–23–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 117 [Docket No. USCG–2011–0529] Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Delaware River, Between Burlington, NJ and Bristol, PA Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of temporary deviation from regulations. AGENCY: ACTION: The Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District has issued a temporary deviation from the regulations governing the operation of the Burlington-Bristol Bridge on Route 413, across the Delaware River, at mile 117.8, between Burlington, NJ and Bristol, PA. The deviation restricts the operation of jlentini on DSK4TPTVN1PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:28 Jun 23, 2011 Jkt 223001 the draw span in order to facilitate the replacement of the operating lift cables. DATES: This deviation is effective from 12:01 a.m. July 9, 2011, until 11:59 p.m. July 22, 2011. ADDRESSES: Documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket are part of docket USCG–2011– 0529 and are available online by going to http://www.regulations.gov, inserting USCG–2011–0529 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 rule, call or e-mail Terrance Knowles, Environmental Protection Specialist, Fifth Coast Guard District, at telephone 757–398–6587, e-mail Terrance.A.Knowles@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202–366– 9826. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Burlington County Bridge Commission, who owns and operates this vertical-lift type drawbridge, has requested a temporary deviation from the current operating regulations set out in 33 CFR 117.5 and 117.716(b) to facilitate the replacement of the lift cables. The Burlington-Bristol Bridge on Route 413, at mile 117.8, across the Delaware River, between Burlington NJ and Bristol PA, has a vertical clearance in the closed position to vessels of 62 feet above mean high water. Under the regular operating schedule the bridge opens on signal as required by 33 CFR 117.5 and the opening of a bridge may not be delayed more than five minutes for a highway bridge, after the signal to open is given as required by 33 CFR 117.716(b). Under this temporary deviation, beginning 12:01 a.m. on Saturday July 9, 2011 and ending at 11:59 p.m. on Friday July 22, 2011, the Burlington-Bristol Bridge will be closed to vessels and unable to open on signal. Vessels that can pass under the bridge without a drawbridge opening may do so at all times. A barge/crane, involved in the maintenance operation, will be located near the center of the channel, adjacent to the bridge, reducing the horizontal clearance of the waterway to approximately 200 feet. on either side of the barge/crane. Vessels able to pass under the closed span in conjunction PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 with this horizontal clearance may do so at any time. There are no alternate routes for vessels transiting this section of the Delaware River. There are approximately four to six vessels per week from four facilities whose vertical clearance surpasses the closed bridge position, requiring an opening of the draw span. The Coast Guard has coordinated this replacement work with the Mariners Advisory Committee for Bay & River Delaware, and will inform the other users of the waterway through our Local and Broadcast Notices to Mariners of the closure periods for the bridge so that vessels can arrange their transits to minimize any impact caused by the temporary deviation. The bridge will not be able to open in an emergency due to the lift cables being removed. In accordance with 33 CFR 117.35(e), the drawbridge must return to its regular operating schedule immediately at the end of the designated time period. This deviation from the operating regulations is authorized under 33 CFR 117.35. Dated: June 15, 2011. Waverly W. Gregory, Jr., Bridge Program Manager, By direction of the Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. 2011–15803 Filed 6–23–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–15–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 [Docket No. USCG–2011–0475] RIN 1625–AA00 Safety Zone; Central Astoria Independence Celebration Fireworks Event, Wards Island, NY Coast Guard, DHS. Temporary final rule. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone in the Captain of the Port (COTP) Zone New York on a portion of the navigable waters of the East River in the vicinity of Wards Island, New York for a fireworks display. This temporary safety zone is necessary to ensure the safety of vessels and spectators from hazards associated with fireworks displays. Persons and vessels are prohibited from entering into, transiting through, mooring, or anchoring within the temporary safety zone unless authorized by the COTP New York or the designated on-scene representative. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\24JNR1.SGM 24JNR1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 122 / Friday, June 24, 2011 / Rules and Regulations This rule is effective from 8:45 p.m. until 10:15 p.m. on June 30, 2011. ADDRESSES: Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket are part of docket USCG–2011– 4075 and are available online by going to http://www.regulations.gov, inserting USCG–2011–4075 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 LTJG Eunice James, Coast Guard Sector New York Waterways Management Division; 718– 354–4163, e-mail Eunice.A.James@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202–366– 9826. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: jlentini on DSK4TPTVN1PROD with RULES DATES: 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 the Coast Guard did not receive information regarding the dates and scope of the event in time to publish a NPRM followed by a final rule before the effective date. The Coast Guard was notified of this event on February 24, 2011. This event is a reoccurring marine event with a proposed permanent rule currently in a public comment period under docket number USCG–2010–1001 titled, Special Local Regulations and Safety Zones; Recurring Events in Captain of the Port New York Zone. The sponsor was not aware of the requirements for submitting an application for a marine event 135 days in advance, resulting in a late notification to the Coast Guard. The sponsor is aware of this requirement for all future events. The sponsor is unable VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:28 Jun 23, 2011 Jkt 223001 to reschedule this event due to other activities being held in conjunction with the fireworks display. Due to the dangers posed by the pyrotechnics used in this fireworks display, the safety zone is necessary to provide for the safety of event participants, spectator craft, and other vessels operating near the event area. For the safety concerns noted, it is in the public interest to have these regulations in effect during the event. 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. The rule must become effective on the date specified above in order to provide for the safety of the public including spectators and vessels operating in the area near the fireworks display. Delaying the effective date of this rule until after 30 days have elapsed since publication is impractical and would expose spectators, vessels, and other property to the hazards associated with pyrotechnics used in the fireworks display. Basis and Purpose The legal basis for the temporary rule is 33 U.S.C. 1226, 1231, 46 U.S.C. Chapter 701, 3306, 3703; 50 U.S.C. 191, 195; Pub. L. 107–295, 116 Stat. 2064; and Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1, which collectively authorize the Coast Guard to define safety zones. The Central Astoria Local Development Coalition has planned a fireworks event to celebrate Independence Day. The fireworks will commence at 9:15 p.m. on June 30, 2011 and will last approximately 25 minutes. This event poses significant potential risk to participants, spectators and the maritime public because of hazardous conditions associated with a fireworks display. This temporary safety zone is necessary to ensure the safety of participants, spectators and vessels. Discussion of Rule This rule establishes a temporary safety zone on a portion of the waters of the East River. The temporary safety zone will encompass all waters of the East River in the vicinity of Wards Island, Queens, NY, within a 150-yard radius of a shore location, approximate position 40°46′57.83″ N, 073°55′28.58″ W (NAD 83) approximately 150 yards south of Hells Gate Bridge. All persons and vessels shall comply with the instructions of the COTP New York or the designated on-scene representative. Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the temporary safety zone is prohibited unless authorized by PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 37003 the COTP New York or the designated on-scene representative. The COTP New York or the designated representative may be reached on VFH Channel 16. 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. Executive Order 12866 and Executive Order 13563 This rule is not a significant regulatory action under section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, as supplemented by Executive Order 13563, 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. The Coast Guard’s implementation of this temporary safety zone will be of short duration and designed to minimize the impact to vessel traffic on navigable waters. This safety zone will only be enforced for 90 minutes. Furthermore, vessels may be authorized to transit the zone with permission of the COTP New York or the designated on-scene 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 and operators of vessels intending to transit or anchor within the fireworks fall-out zone, a portion of the East River in the vicinity of Wards Island, Queens, NY. The fireworks will commence at 9:15 p.m. on June 30, 2011 and will last approximately 25 minutes. This rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities for the following reasons: Vessel traffic can safely transit around the zone. Before the effective period, we will issue E:\FR\FM\24JNR1.SGM 24JNR1 37004 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 122 / Friday, June 24, 2011 / Rules and Regulations maritime advisories widely available to users of the waterway. This rule will be in effect for only 90 minutes. 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. jlentini on DSK4TPTVN1PROD with RULES 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 expenditure, we do discuss the effects of this rule elsewhere in this preamble. Taking of Private Property This rule will not affect a taking of private property or otherwise have taking implications under Executive Order 12630, Governmental Actions and VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:28 Jun 23, 2011 Jkt 223001 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 PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 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 temporary safety zone on a portion of the Upper New York Bay during the launching of fireworks. 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; Pub. L. 107–295, 116 Stat. 2064; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1. 2. Add § 165.T01–0475 to read as follows: ■ § 165.T01–0475 Safety Zone; Central Astoria Independence Celebration Fireworks Event, Wards Island, NY. (a) Regulated Area. The following area is a temporary safety zone: A 150 yard radius around position 40°46′57.83″ N, 073°55′28.58″ W on the shore of Wards Island, Queens, NY. (b) Enforcement period. This section will be enforced from 8:45 p.m. until 10:15 p.m. on June 30, 2011. (c) Regulations. (1) The general regulations contained in 33 CFR 165.23 apply. (2) In accordance with the general regulations in § 165.23 of this part, entry into, transit through, mooring or anchoring within this safety zone is prohibited unless authorized by the COTP New York or the designated on- E:\FR\FM\24JNR1.SGM 24JNR1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 122 / Friday, June 24, 2011 / Rules and Regulations scene representative. ‘‘Designated onscene representative’’ means any commissioned, warrant, and petty officer of the Coast Guard on board Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, and local, state, and federal law enforcement vessels who have been authorized to act on behalf of the COTP New York. (3) Persons desiring to operate within the safety zone established in this section may contact the COTP New York at telephone number 718–354– 4398 or via on-scene patrol personnel on VHF channel 16 to seek permission to do so. If permission is granted, all persons and vessels must still comply with the instructions of the COTP New York or the designated on-scene representative. Dated: June 8, 2011. L.L. Fagan, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port New York. [FR Doc. 2011–15788 Filed 6–23–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 [Docket No. USCG–2011–0437] RIN 1625–AA00 Safety Zone; Fan Pier Yacht Club Fireworks, Boston Harbor, Boston, MA Coast Guard, DHS. Temporary final rule. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone within the Sector Boston Captain of the Port (COTP) Zone for the Fan Pier Yacht Club Fireworks display. This safety zone is necessary to provide for the safety of life on navigable waters during the fireworks event. Entering into, transiting through, mooring or anchoring within this zone is prohibited unless authorized by the COTP or the designated on-scene representative. DATES: This rule is effective and will be enforced from 9:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on June 30, 2011. ADDRESSES: Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket are part of docket USCG–2011– 0437 and are available online by going to http://www.regulations.gov, inserting USCG–2011–0437 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 jlentini on DSK4TPTVN1PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:28 Jun 23, 2011 Jkt 223001 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. If you have questions on this temporary rule, call or e-mail MST1 David Labadie of the Waterways Management Division, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Boston; telephone 617–223–3010, e-mail david.j.labadie@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing material related to the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202–366–9826. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 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 sufficient information regarding the dates and scope of the event was not received in time to publish a NPRM followed by a final rule as the event would occur before the rulemaking process was complete. The Coast Guard was notified of this event on May 5, 2011. The sponsor was not aware of the requirements for submitting an application for a marine event 135 days in advance, resulting in a late notification to the Coast Guard. The sponsor is aware of this requirement for all future events. The sponsor is unable to reschedule this event due to other activities being held in conjunction with the fireworks display. Due to the dangers posed by the pyrotechnics used in this fireworks display, the safety zone is necessary to provide for the safety of event participants, spectator craft, and other vessels transiting the event area. For the safety concerns noted, it is in the public interest to have these regulations in effect during the event. 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. Any delay in the effective date of this rule would expose spectators, vessels and other property to the PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 37005 hazards associated with pyrotechnics used in the fireworks display. Basis and Purpose The legal basis for the temporary rule is 33 U.S.C. 1226, 1231, 46 U.S.C. Chapter 701, 3306, 3703; 50 U.S.C. 191, 195; Public Law 107–295, 116 Stat. 2064; and Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1, which collectively authorize the Coast Guard to define safety zones. The safety zone is being issued to establish a temporary regulated area in Boston Harbor around the fireworks launch barge during the fireworks display. Discussion of Rule This temporary rule is necessary to ensure the safety of spectators, vessels and other property from the hazards associated with fireworks display. The COTP Boston has determined that fireworks displays in close proximity to watercraft and waterfront structures pose a significant risk to public safety and property. Such hazards include obstructions to the waterway that may cause marine casualties and the explosive danger of fireworks and debris falling into the water that may cause death or serious bodily harm. Establishing a safety zone around the location of this fireworks event will help ensure the safety of spectators, vessels and other property and help minimize the associated risks. The Coast Guard has implemented safety zones for past events and has not received public comments or concerns regarding the impact to waterway traffic from these events. 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. Executive Order 12866 and Executive Order 13563 This rule is not a significant regulatory action under section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, as supplemented by Executive Order 13563, 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. The Coast Guard determined that this rule is not a significant regulatory action for the following reasons: The safety zone will be of limited duration and is designed to avoid, to the extent E:\FR\FM\24JNR1.SGM 24JNR1

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 165

[Docket No. USCG-2011-0475]
RIN 1625-AA00


Safety Zone; Central Astoria Independence Celebration Fireworks 
Event, Wards Island, NY

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Temporary final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone in the 
Captain of the Port (COTP) Zone New York on a portion of the navigable 
waters of the East River in the vicinity of Wards Island, New York for 
a fireworks display. This temporary safety zone is necessary to ensure 
the safety of vessels and spectators from hazards associated with 
fireworks displays. Persons and vessels are prohibited from entering 
into, transiting through, mooring, or anchoring within the temporary 
safety zone unless authorized by the COTP New York or the designated 
on-scene representative.

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DATES: This rule is effective from 8:45 p.m. until 10:15 p.m. on June 
30, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in 
the docket are part of docket USCG-2011-4075 and are available online 
by going to http://www.regulations.gov, inserting USCG-2011-4075 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 LTJG Eunice James, Coast Guard Sector 
New York Waterways Management Division; 718-354-4163, e-mail 
Eunice.A.James@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 the Coast Guard did not receive 
information regarding the dates and scope of the event in time to 
publish a NPRM followed by a final rule before the effective date.
    The Coast Guard was notified of this event on February 24, 2011. 
This event is a reoccurring marine event with a proposed permanent rule 
currently in a public comment period under docket number USCG-2010-1001 
titled, Special Local Regulations and Safety Zones; Recurring Events in 
Captain of the Port New York Zone.
    The sponsor was not aware of the requirements for submitting an 
application for a marine event 135 days in advance, resulting in a late 
notification to the Coast Guard. The sponsor is aware of this 
requirement for all future events. The sponsor is unable to reschedule 
this event due to other activities being held in conjunction with the 
fireworks display.
    Due to the dangers posed by the pyrotechnics used in this fireworks 
display, the safety zone is necessary to provide for the safety of 
event participants, spectator craft, and other vessels operating near 
the event area. For the safety concerns noted, it is in the public 
interest to have these regulations in effect during the event.
    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. The rule must become effective on 
the date specified above in order to provide for the safety of the 
public including spectators and vessels operating in the area near the 
fireworks display. Delaying the effective date of this rule until after 
30 days have elapsed since publication is impractical and would expose 
spectators, vessels, and other property to the hazards associated with 
pyrotechnics used in the fireworks display.

Basis and Purpose

    The legal basis for the temporary rule is 33 U.S.C. 1226, 1231, 46 
U.S.C. Chapter 701, 3306, 3703; 50 U.S.C. 191, 195; Pub. L. 107-295, 
116 Stat. 2064; and Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 
0170.1, which collectively authorize the Coast Guard to define safety 
zones.
    The Central Astoria Local Development Coalition has planned a 
fireworks event to celebrate Independence Day. The fireworks will 
commence at 9:15 p.m. on June 30, 2011 and will last approximately 25 
minutes. This event poses significant potential risk to participants, 
spectators and the maritime public because of hazardous conditions 
associated with a fireworks display. This temporary safety zone is 
necessary to ensure the safety of participants, spectators and vessels.

Discussion of Rule

    This rule establishes a temporary safety zone on a portion of the 
waters of the East River. The temporary safety zone will encompass all 
waters of the East River in the vicinity of Wards Island, Queens, NY, 
within a 150-yard radius of a shore location, approximate position 
40[deg]46'57.83'' N, 073[deg]55'28.58'' W (NAD 83) approximately 150 
yards south of Hells Gate Bridge.
    All persons and vessels shall comply with the instructions of the 
COTP New York or the designated on-scene representative. Entry into, 
transiting, or anchoring within the temporary safety zone is prohibited 
unless authorized by the COTP New York or the designated on-scene 
representative. The COTP New York or the designated representative may 
be reached on VFH Channel 16.

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.

Executive Order 12866 and Executive Order 13563

    This rule is not a significant regulatory action under section 3(f) 
of Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, as 
supplemented by Executive Order 13563, 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.
    The Coast Guard's implementation of this temporary safety zone will 
be of short duration and designed to minimize the impact to vessel 
traffic on navigable waters. This safety zone will only be enforced for 
90 minutes. Furthermore, vessels may be authorized to transit the zone 
with permission of the COTP New York or the designated on-scene 
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 and operators of vessels intending to 
transit or anchor within the fireworks fall-out zone, a portion of the 
East River in the vicinity of Wards Island, Queens, NY. The fireworks 
will commence at 9:15 p.m. on June 30, 2011 and will last approximately 
25 minutes.
    This rule will not have a significant economic impact on a 
substantial number of small entities for the following reasons: Vessel 
traffic can safely transit around the zone. Before the effective 
period, we will issue

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maritime advisories widely available to users of the waterway. This 
rule will be in effect for only 90 minutes.

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 or more in any 
one year. Though this rule will not result in such expenditure, we do 
discuss the effects of this rule elsewhere in this preamble.

Taking of Private Property

    This rule will not affect a taking of private property or otherwise 
have taking implications under Executive Order 12630, Governmental 
Actions and Interference with Constitutionally Protected Property 
Rights.

Civil Justice Reform

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

Protection of Children

    We have analyzed this rule under Executive Order 13045, Protection 
of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks. This rule 
is not an economically significant rule and 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 temporary 
safety zone on a portion of the Upper New York Bay during the launching 
of fireworks.

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

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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; Pub. L. 107-295, 116 Stat. 2064; 
Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1.


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2. Add Sec.  165.T01-0475 to read as follows:


Sec.  165.T01-0475  Safety Zone; Central Astoria Independence 
Celebration Fireworks Event, Wards Island, NY.

    (a) Regulated Area. The following area is a temporary safety zone: 
A 150 yard radius around position 40[deg]46'57.83'' N, 
073[deg]55'28.58'' W on the shore of Wards Island, Queens, NY.
    (b) Enforcement period. This section will be enforced from 8:45 
p.m. until 10:15 p.m. on June 30, 2011.
    (c) Regulations.
    (1) The general regulations contained in 33 CFR 165.23 apply.
    (2) In accordance with the general regulations in Sec.  165.23 of 
this part, entry into, transit through, mooring or anchoring within 
this safety zone is prohibited unless authorized by the COTP New York 
or the designated on-

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scene representative. ``Designated on-scene representative'' means any 
commissioned, warrant, and petty officer of the Coast Guard on board 
Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, and local, state, and federal law 
enforcement vessels who have been authorized to act on behalf of the 
COTP New York.
    (3) Persons desiring to operate within the safety zone established 
in this section may contact the COTP New York at telephone number 718-
354-4398 or via on-scene patrol personnel on VHF channel 16 to seek 
permission to do so. If permission is granted, all persons and vessels 
must still comply with the instructions of the COTP New York or the 
designated on-scene representative.

    Dated: June 8, 2011.
L.L. Fagan,
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port New York.
[FR Doc. 2011-15788 Filed 6-23-11; 8:45 am]
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