Regulated Navigation Area; MBTA Saugus River Railroad Drawbridge Rehabilitation Project, Saugus River, MA, 13971-13974 [2012-5329]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 46 / Thursday, March 8, 2012 / Rules and Regulations 13971 TABLE THREE Vessel Number Masthead lights arc of visibility; rule 21(a) * USS MISSISSIPPI ................ * SSN 782 ............. * ...................... Approved: February 27, 2012. M. Robb Hyde, Commander, JAGC, U.S. Navy, Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate, General (Admiralty and Maritime Law. J.M. Beal, Lieutenant Commander, Office of the Judge Advocate General, U.S. Navy, Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. 2012–5612 Filed 3–7–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3810–FF–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 [Docket No. USCG–2012–0048] RIN 1625–AA11 Regulated Navigation Area; MBTA Saugus River Railroad Drawbridge Rehabilitation Project, Saugus River, MA Coast Guard, DHS. Temporary interim rule with request for comments. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard is establishing a regulated navigation area (RNA) on the navigable waters of the Saugus River under and surrounding the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Saugus River Railroad Drawbridge which crosses the Saugus River between Saugus and Lynn, Massachusetts. This temporary interim rule is intended to protect both vessels and construction workers by restricting vessel traffic during periods when the bridge is being repaired. DATES: This rule is effective in the CFR from March 8, 2012, until 11:59 p.m. on November 30, 2012, and is effective with actual notice for purposes of enforcement February 17, 2012. Public comments will be accepted and reviewed by the Coast Guard through November 30, 2012. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG– 2012–0048 using any one of the following methods: wreier-aviles on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:32 Mar 07, 2012 Jkt 226001 Side lights arc of visibility; rule 21(b) ...................... Side lights distance inboard of ship’s sides in meters 3(b) annex 1 Stern light arc of visibility; rule 21(c) * * 209.0° 4.37 (1) Federal e-Rulemaking 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. Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket are part of docket USCG–2012–0048 and are available online by going to http:// www.regulations.gov, inserting USCG– 2012–0048 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 email Mr. Mark Cutter, Coast Guard Sector Boston Waterways Management Division, telephone 617– 223–4000, email Mark.E.Cutter@uscg.mil or Lieutenant Junior Grade Isaac Slavitt, Coast Guard First District Waterways Management Branch, telephone 617–223–8385, email Isaac.M.Slavitt@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202–366– 9826. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Public Participation and Request for Comments We encourage you to participate in this rulemaking by submitting PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4700 Stern light, distance forward of stern in meters; rule 21(c) Sfmt 4700 * 11.05 Forward anchor light, height above hull in meters; 2(K) annex 1 Anchor lights relation-ship of aft light to forward light in meters 2(K) annex 1 * 2.8 0.30 below. comments and related materials. All comments received will be posted, without change, to http:// www.regulations.gov and will include any personal information you have provided. As this temporary interim rule will be in effect before the end of the comment period, the Coast Guard will evaluate and revise this rule as necessary to address significant public comments. Submitting Comments If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this rulemaking (USCG–2012–0048), 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 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 as having been received by the Coast Guard when it is received at the Docket Management Facility. We recommend that you include your name and a mailing address, an email address, or a 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–2012–0048’’ 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 E:\FR\FM\08MRR1.SGM 08MRR1 13972 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 46 / Thursday, March 8, 2012 / Rules and Regulations envelope. We will consider all comments and material received during the comment period and may change this rule based on your comments. Viewing Comments and Documents To view comments, as well as documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov, click on the ‘‘read comments’’ box, which will then become highlighted in blue. In the ‘‘Keyword’’ box insert ‘‘USCG–2012– 0048’’ and click ‘‘Search.’’ Click the ‘‘Open Docket Folder’’ in the ‘‘Actions’’ column. You may also visit the Docket Management Facility in Room W12–140 on the ground floor of the Department of Transportation West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. We have an agreement with the Department of Transportation to use the Docket Management Facility. Privacy Act Anyone can search the electronic form of comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review a Privacy Act notice regarding our public dockets in the January 17, 2008, issue of the Federal Register (73 FR 3316). Public Meeting We do not now plan to hold a public meeting within the meaning of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), 5 U.S.C. 553. But you may submit a request for one using one of the four methods specified under ADDRESSES. Please explain why you believe such a public meeting would be beneficial. If we determine that one would aid this rulemaking, we will hold one at a time and place announced by a later notice in the Federal Register. wreier-aviles on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with RULES Regulatory Information The Coast Guard is issuing this interim rule without prior Federal Register notice 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 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. VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:32 Mar 07, 2012 Jkt 226001 During an in-depth inspection of the railroad bridge structure, significant deterioration of the granite pier that supports the bascule bridge was observed. Out of safety concerns, the MBTA has instituted single track operation, a reduction of speed, and prohibited braking on the bridge until they can stabilize the pier. The long term goal is to replace the granite pier, but in the short term they have to add additional support to the bridge; this is being done by adding a new temporary support pier. The MBTA notified the Coast Guard on January 10, 2012 that it intended to close the bridge for multiple weekends beginning in late February, 2012. It would be impracticable to issue an NPRM and take public comments within that timeframe, and it would be contrary to the public interest to delay promulgating this rule, as it is necessary to protect the safety of waterway users operating in the vicinity of the bridge. The delay of necessary repair operations would result in increased costs, delay the date when the bridge is expected to reopen for normal operations, and have a larger impact on the boating public during the peak of the recreational boating season. Additionally, the potential dangers posed by the bridge in its current state demand immediate action. It is impracticable and contrary to the public interest to delay this regulation, especially in light of the fact that the Coast Guard may publish an amended rule at any time if necessary to address public concerns. For the same reasons, 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. construction work involves large machinery and construction vessel operations in the navigable waters of the Saugus River immediately surrounding the MBTA Saugus River Railroad Drawbridge. The ongoing operations are, by their nature, hazardous and pose risks both to recreational and commercial traffic as well as the construction crew. The Coast Guard may close the regulated area described in this rule to all vessel traffic during any circumstance that poses an imminent threat to waterway users operating in the area. The weekend waterway closures will be made with as much advance notice as possible. The Captain of the Port (COTP) Sector Boston will cause notice of enforcement, suspension of enforcement, or closure of the waterway to be made by appropriate means to ensure the widest distribution among the affected segments of the public. Such means of notification may include, but are not limited to, Broadcast Notice to Mariners, Local Notice to Mariners, and Marine Safety Information Bulletins. Entry into this RNA is prohibited unless authorized by the COTP Sector Boston. Any violation of this RNA is punishable by civil and criminal penalties, in rem liability against the offending vessel, and the initiation of suspension or revocation proceedings against Coast Guard-issued merchant mariner credentials. Basis and Purpose Under the Ports and Waterways Safety Act, the Coast Guard has the authority to establish RNAs in defined water areas that are determined to have hazardous conditions and in which vessel traffic can be regulated in the interest of safety. See 33 U.S.C. 1231 and Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1. The purpose of this interim rule is to ensure the safe transit of vessels in the area and to protect all persons, vessels, and the marine environment during the rehabilitation project of the MBTA Saugus River Railroad Drawbridge. 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. We expect the economic impact of this rule to be minimal because the amount of traffic in this waterway is extremely limited. Furthermore, the Captain of the Port has the ability to suspend the provisions of this regulation when necessary. Discussion of Rule This action is intended to control vessel traffic for the duration of the MBTA Saugus River Railroad Drawbridge rehabilitation over the main channel of the Saugus River. The PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 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. Small Entities Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601–612), we have considered E:\FR\FM\08MRR1.SGM 08MRR1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 46 / Thursday, March 8, 2012 / Rules and Regulations Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501– 3520). Assistance for Small Entities wreier-aviles on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with RULES whether this rule would have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The term ‘‘small entities’’ means 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: Local fishermen, the owners or operators of marinas, businesses (such as waterside restaurants), and vessels who intend to transit in the Saugus River beneath the MBTA Saugus River Railroad Drawbridge during the effective period. This regulation may have some impact on the public, but the potential impact will be minimized for the following reasons: The primary waterway users, of which there are approximately six during this time of the year, are lobster fishermen. The parties that have the potential to be affected have been contacted through the Saugus Harbormaster and have made plans to work around the closure times. Additionally, we will use appropriate means to inform the public before, during, and at the conclusion of any RNA enforcement period. Civil Justice Reform 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 VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:32 Mar 07, 2012 Jkt 226001 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 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. 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. PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 13973 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 involves the establishment of an RNA. An environmental analysis checklist and a categorical exclusion determination are available in the docket where indicated under ADDRESSES. Any comments received concerning environmental impacts will be considered and changes made to the environmental analysis checklist and E:\FR\FM\08MRR1.SGM 08MRR1 13974 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 46 / Thursday, March 8, 2012 / Rules and Regulations categorical exclusion determination as appropriate. 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, 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.T01–0048 to read as follows: ■ wreier-aviles on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with RULES § 165.T01–0048 Regulated Navigation Area; MBTA Saugus River Railroad Drawbridge rehabilitation project, Saugus River, MA. (a) Location. The following area is a Regulated Navigation Area (RNA): All navigable waters, surface to bottom, on the Saugus River, within a 300 yard radius of position 42°26′50″ N, 70°58′19″ W in the vicinity of the MBTA Saugus River Railroad Drawbridge between Saugus and Lynn, MA. (b) Regulations. (1) The general regulations contained in 33 CFR 165.10, 165.11, and 165.13 apply in addition to those provisions outlined below. (2) In accordance with the general regulations, entry into or movement within this zone during periods of enforcement is prohibited unless authorized by Captain of the Port Sector Boston (COTP). (3) All persons and vessels must comply with all directions given to them by the COTP or the on-scene representative. The ‘‘on-scene representative’’ of the COTP is any Coast Guard commissioned, warrant or petty officer who has been designated by the COTP to act on the COTP’s behalf. The on-scene representative may be on a Coast Guard vessel or other designated craft, or may be on shore and will communicate with vessels via VHF–FM radio or loudhailer. Members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary may be present to inform vessel operators of this regulation. (4) Upon being hailed by a U.S. Coast Guard vessel by siren, radio, flashing light or other means, the operator of the vessel must proceed as directed. (5) Notwithstanding any other provisions in this regulation, the VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:32 Mar 07, 2012 Jkt 226001 movement of official, emergency vessels within the regulated area will be permitted provided that the contractor is notified in order to remove potential hazards or obstructions. (6) All other relevant regulations, including but not limited to the Rules of the Road (33 CFR Subchapter E, Inland Navigational Rules), remain in effect within the regulated area and must be strictly followed at all times. (c) Enforcement period. (1) This regulation is enforceable each week from Friday at 11 p.m. until Monday at 4 a.m., from February 24, 2012, through November 30, 2012. (2) The COTP Sector Boston will cause notice of enforcement to be made by all appropriate means to achieve the widest distribution among the affected segments of the public. Such means of notification may include but are not limited to Broadcast Notice to Mariners, Local Notice to Mariners, and Marine Safety Information Bulletins. Such notification will include the dates and times that enforcement will begin and end. (d) Penalties. Failure to comply with this section may result in civil or criminal penalties pursuant to the Ports and Waterways Safety Act, 33 U.S.C. 1221 et seq. Report violations of this regulated navigation area to the COTP Sector Boston, at 617–223–5757 or on VHF–Channel 16. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY Adhesives, Sealants and Primers,’’ Part 234, ‘‘Graphic Arts,’’ and Part 241, ‘‘Asphalt Pavement and Asphalt Based Surface Coating.’’ The intended effect of this action is to approve control strategies, required by the Clean Air Act, which will result in emission reductions that will help attain and maintain the national ambient air quality standards for ozone. DATES: Effective Date: This rule will be effective April 9, 2012. ADDRESSES: EPA has established a docket for this action under the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) which replaces the Regional Materials in EDOCKET (RME) docket system. The new FDMS is located at www.regulations.gov and the docket ID for this action is EPA–R02–OAR–2011– 0796. All documents in the docket are listed in the FDMS index. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically in FDMS or in hard copy at the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2 Office, Air Programs Branch, 290 Broadway, 25th Floor, New York, New York 10007–1866. Copies of the documents relevant to this action are also available for public inspection during normal business hours, by appointment at the Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC; and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Air Resources, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kirk J. Wieber, Air Programs Branch, Environmental Protection Agency, 290 Broadway, 25th Floor, New York, New York 10007–1866, (212) 637–3381. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 40 CFR Part 52 Table of Contents [EPA–R02–OAR–2011–0796, FRL–9645–4] I. What was included in New York’s submittals? II. What is EPA’s evaluation of part 228, ‘‘Surface Coating Processes, Commercial and Industrial Adhesives, Sealants and Primers?’’ III. What is EPA’s evaluation of part 234, ‘‘Graphic Arts?’’ IV. What is EPA’s evaluation of part 241, ‘‘Asphalt Pavement and Asphalt Based Surface Coating?’’ V. What comments did EPA receive in response to its proposal? VI. What is EPA’s conclusion? VII. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews Dated: February 17, 2012. D.A. Neptun, Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, First Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. 2012–5329 Filed 3–7–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; New York State Ozone Implementation Plan Revision Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a proposed revision to the New York State Implementation Plan (SIP) for ozone concerning the control of volatile organic compounds. The proposed SIP revision consists of amendments to Title 6 of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations Part 228, ‘‘Surface Coating Processes, Commercial and Industrial SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 I. What was included in New York’s submittals? On August 19, 2010 and December 15, 2010, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), E:\FR\FM\08MRR1.SGM 08MRR1

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 165

[Docket No. USCG-2012-0048]
RIN 1625-AA11


Regulated Navigation Area; MBTA Saugus River Railroad Drawbridge 
Rehabilitation Project, Saugus River, MA

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Temporary interim rule with request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is establishing a regulated navigation area 
(RNA) on the navigable waters of the Saugus River under and surrounding 
the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Saugus River 
Railroad Drawbridge which crosses the Saugus River between Saugus and 
Lynn, Massachusetts. This temporary interim rule is intended to protect 
both vessels and construction workers by restricting vessel traffic 
during periods when the bridge is being repaired.

DATES: This rule is effective in the CFR from March 8, 2012, until 
11:59 p.m. on November 30, 2012, and is effective with actual notice 
for purposes of enforcement February 17, 2012. Public comments will be 
accepted and reviewed by the Coast Guard through November 30, 2012.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG-
2012-0048 using any one of the following methods:
    (1) Federal e-Rulemaking 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.
    Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the 
docket are part of docket USCG-2012-0048 and are available online by 
going to http://www.regulations.gov, inserting USCG-2012-0048 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 email Mr. Mark Cutter, Coast Guard Sector 
Boston Waterways Management Division, telephone 617-223-4000, email 
Mark.E.Cutter@uscg.mil or Lieutenant Junior Grade Isaac Slavitt, Coast 
Guard First District Waterways Management Branch, telephone 617-223-
8385, email Isaac.M.Slavitt@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing 
the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, 
telephone 202-366-9826.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Public Participation and Request for Comments

    We encourage you to participate in this rulemaking by submitting 
comments and related materials. All comments received will be posted, 
without change, to http://www.regulations.gov and will include any 
personal information you have provided.
    As this temporary interim rule will be in effect before the end of 
the comment period, the Coast Guard will evaluate and revise this rule 
as necessary to address significant public comments.

Submitting Comments

    If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this 
rulemaking (USCG-2012-0048), 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 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 as 
having been received by the Coast Guard when it is received at the 
Docket Management Facility. We recommend that you include your name and 
a mailing address, an email address, or a 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-2012-0048'' 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 8\1/2\ 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

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envelope. We will consider all comments and material received during 
the comment period and may change this rule based on your comments.

Viewing Comments and Documents

    To view comments, as well as documents mentioned in this preamble 
as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov, 
click on the ``read comments'' box, which will then become highlighted 
in blue. In the ``Keyword'' box insert ``USCG-2012-0048'' and click 
``Search.'' Click the ``Open Docket Folder'' in the ``Actions'' column. 
You may also visit the Docket Management Facility in Room W12-140 on 
the ground floor of the Department of Transportation West Building, 
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 
p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. We have an 
agreement with the Department of Transportation to use the Docket 
Management Facility.

Privacy Act

    Anyone can search the electronic form of comments received into any 
of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or 
signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, 
business, labor union, etc.). You may review a Privacy Act notice 
regarding our public dockets in the January 17, 2008, issue of the 
Federal Register (73 FR 3316).

Public Meeting

    We do not now plan to hold a public meeting within the meaning of 
the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), 5 U.S.C. 553. But you may 
submit a request for one using one of the four methods specified under 
ADDRESSES. Please explain why you believe such a public meeting would 
be beneficial. If we determine that one would aid this rulemaking, we 
will hold one at a time and place announced by a later notice in the 
Federal Register.

Regulatory Information

    The Coast Guard is issuing this interim rule without prior Federal 
Register notice 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 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.
    During an in-depth inspection of the railroad bridge structure, 
significant deterioration of the granite pier that supports the bascule 
bridge was observed. Out of safety concerns, the MBTA has instituted 
single track operation, a reduction of speed, and prohibited braking on 
the bridge until they can stabilize the pier. The long term goal is to 
replace the granite pier, but in the short term they have to add 
additional support to the bridge; this is being done by adding a new 
temporary support pier.
    The MBTA notified the Coast Guard on January 10, 2012 that it 
intended to close the bridge for multiple weekends beginning in late 
February, 2012. It would be impracticable to issue an NPRM and take 
public comments within that timeframe, and it would be contrary to the 
public interest to delay promulgating this rule, as it is necessary to 
protect the safety of waterway users operating in the vicinity of the 
bridge. The delay of necessary repair operations would result in 
increased costs, delay the date when the bridge is expected to reopen 
for normal operations, and have a larger impact on the boating public 
during the peak of the recreational boating season. Additionally, the 
potential dangers posed by the bridge in its current state demand 
immediate action. It is impracticable and contrary to the public 
interest to delay this regulation, especially in light of the fact that 
the Coast Guard may publish an amended rule at any time if necessary to 
address public concerns.
    For the same reasons, 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.

Basis and Purpose

    Under the Ports and Waterways Safety Act, the Coast Guard has the 
authority to establish RNAs in defined water areas that are determined 
to have hazardous conditions and in which vessel traffic can be 
regulated in the interest of safety. See 33 U.S.C. 1231 and Department 
of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1.
    The purpose of this interim rule is to ensure the safe transit of 
vessels in the area and to protect all persons, vessels, and the marine 
environment during the rehabilitation project of the MBTA Saugus River 
Railroad Drawbridge.

Discussion of Rule

    This action is intended to control vessel traffic for the duration 
of the MBTA Saugus River Railroad Drawbridge rehabilitation over the 
main channel of the Saugus River. The construction work involves large 
machinery and construction vessel operations in the navigable waters of 
the Saugus River immediately surrounding the MBTA Saugus River Railroad 
Drawbridge. The ongoing operations are, by their nature, hazardous and 
pose risks both to recreational and commercial traffic as well as the 
construction crew. The Coast Guard may close the regulated area 
described in this rule to all vessel traffic during any circumstance 
that poses an imminent threat to waterway users operating in the area. 
The weekend waterway closures will be made with as much advance notice 
as possible.
    The Captain of the Port (COTP) Sector Boston will cause notice of 
enforcement, suspension of enforcement, or closure of the waterway to 
be made by appropriate means to ensure the widest distribution among 
the affected segments of the public. Such means of notification may 
include, but are not limited to, Broadcast Notice to Mariners, Local 
Notice to Mariners, and Marine Safety Information Bulletins.
    Entry into this RNA is prohibited unless authorized by the COTP 
Sector Boston. Any violation of this RNA is punishable by civil and 
criminal penalties, in rem liability against the offending vessel, and 
the initiation of suspension or revocation proceedings against Coast 
Guard-issued merchant mariner credentials.

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.
    We expect the economic impact of this rule to be minimal because 
the amount of traffic in this waterway is extremely limited. 
Furthermore, the Captain of the Port has the ability to suspend the 
provisions of this regulation when necessary.

Small Entities

    Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612), we have 
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whether this rule would have a significant economic impact on a 
substantial number of small entities. The term ``small entities'' means 
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: Local fishermen, the owners or operators of 
marinas, businesses (such as waterside restaurants), and vessels who 
intend to transit in the Saugus River beneath the MBTA Saugus River 
Railroad Drawbridge during the effective period.
    This regulation may have some impact on the public, but the 
potential impact will be minimized for the following reasons: The 
primary waterway users, of which there are approximately six during 
this time of the year, are lobster fishermen. The parties that have the 
potential to be affected have been contacted through the Saugus 
Harbormaster and have made plans to work around the closure times. 
Additionally, we will use appropriate means to inform the public 
before, during, and at the conclusion of any RNA enforcement period.

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 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 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 involves the establishment of an 
RNA. An environmental analysis checklist and a categorical exclusion 
determination are available in the docket where indicated under 
ADDRESSES. Any comments received concerning environmental impacts will 
be considered and changes made to the environmental analysis checklist 
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categorical exclusion determination as appropriate.

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, 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.T01-0048 to read as follows:


Sec.  165.T01-0048  Regulated Navigation Area; MBTA Saugus River 
Railroad Drawbridge rehabilitation project, Saugus River, MA.

    (a) Location. The following area is a Regulated
    Navigation Area (RNA): All navigable waters, surface to bottom, on 
the Saugus River, within a 300 yard radius of position 42[deg]26'50'' 
N, 70[deg]58'19'' W in the vicinity of the MBTA Saugus River Railroad 
Drawbridge between Saugus and Lynn, MA.
    (b) Regulations. (1) The general regulations contained in 33 CFR 
165.10, 165.11, and 165.13 apply in addition to those provisions 
outlined below.
    (2) In accordance with the general regulations, entry into or 
movement within this zone during periods of enforcement is prohibited 
unless authorized by Captain of the Port Sector Boston (COTP).
    (3) All persons and vessels must comply with all directions given 
to them by the COTP or the on-scene representative. The ``on-scene 
representative'' of the COTP is any Coast Guard commissioned, warrant 
or petty officer who has been designated by the COTP to act on the 
COTP's behalf. The on-scene representative may be on a Coast Guard 
vessel or other designated craft, or may be on shore and will 
communicate with vessels via VHF-FM radio or loudhailer. Members of the 
Coast Guard Auxiliary may be present to inform vessel operators of this 
regulation.
    (4) Upon being hailed by a U.S. Coast Guard vessel by siren, radio, 
flashing light or other means, the operator of the vessel must proceed 
as directed.
    (5) Notwithstanding any other provisions in this regulation, the 
movement of official, emergency vessels within the regulated area will 
be permitted provided that the contractor is notified in order to 
remove potential hazards or obstructions.
    (6) All other relevant regulations, including but not limited to 
the Rules of the Road (33 CFR Subchapter E, Inland Navigational Rules), 
remain in effect within the regulated area and must be strictly 
followed at all times.
    (c) Enforcement period. (1) This regulation is enforceable each 
week from Friday at 11 p.m. until Monday at 4 a.m., from February 24, 
2012, through November 30, 2012.
    (2) The COTP Sector Boston will cause notice of enforcement to be 
made by all appropriate means to achieve the widest distribution among 
the affected segments of the public. Such means of notification may 
include but are not limited to Broadcast Notice to Mariners, Local 
Notice to Mariners, and Marine Safety Information Bulletins. Such 
notification will include the dates and times that enforcement will 
begin and end.
    (d) Penalties. Failure to comply with this section may result in 
civil or criminal penalties pursuant to the Ports and Waterways Safety 
Act, 33 U.S.C. 1221 et seq. Report violations of this regulated 
navigation area to the COTP Sector Boston, at 617-223-5757 or on VHF-
Channel 16.

    Dated: February 17, 2012.
D.A. Neptun,
Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, First Coast Guard District.
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