Special Local Regulation; USAT Triathlon/Race Rowing Competition; Black Warrior River; Tuscaloosa, AL, 15597-15600 [2012-6381]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 52 / Friday, March 16, 2012 / Rules and Regulations deleted in its entirety. This rule is being published as a direct final rule as the Department of Defense does not expect to receive any adverse comments, and so a proposed rule is unnecessary. The rule is effective on May 25, 2012 unless comments are received that would result in a contrary determination. Comments will be accepted on or before May 15, 2012. If DoD receives a significant adverse comment, the Department will publish a withdrawal of this direct final rule in the Federal Register. DATES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number and title, by any of the following methods. • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Federal Docket Management System Office, 4800 Mark Center Drive, Suite 02G09, Alexandria, VA 22350– 3100. 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The rules do not have substantial direct effects on the States, on the relationship between the National Government and the States, or on the distribution of power and PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 100 [Docket No. USCG–2012–0088] Special Local Regulation; USAT Triathlon/Race Rowing Competition; Black Warrior River; Tuscaloosa, AL Coast Guard, DHS. Temporary final rule. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary special local regulation for a portion of the Black Warrior River, from mile 338.5 to mile 341.5, Tuscaloosa, AL. This action is necessary for the safeguard of participants and spectators, including all crews, vessels, and persons on navigable waters during the USAT Triathlon/Race Rowing Competition. Entry into, transiting in or anchoring in this area is prohibited to all vessels not registered with the sponsor as participants or not part of the regatta patrol, unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port (COTP) Mobile or a designated representative. DATES: This rule is effective and enforceable with actual notice from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. on April 21, 2012. ADDRESSES: Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket are part of docket USCG–2012– SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\16MRR1.SGM 16MRR1 15598 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 52 / Friday, March 16, 2012 / Rules and Regulations 0088 and are available online by going to http://www.regulations.gov, inserting USCG–2012–0088 in the ‘‘Search’’ 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; and U.S. Coast Guard Sector Mobile (spw), Building 102, Brookley Complex South Broad Street, Mobile, AL 36615, between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. If you have questions on this temporary rule, call or email Lt. Lenell J. Carson, Coast Guard Sector Mobile, Waterways Division; telephone 251–441–5940 or email Lenell.J.Carson@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202–366– 9826. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with RULES 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.’’ This rule provides proper notice; however, 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) which would provide a comment period with respect to this rule. The Coast Guard received applications for Marine Event Permits on February 2, 2012, and February 6, 2012, from the University of Alabama and the Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission to conduct their events on April 21, 2012. After reviewing the details of the events and the permit applications, the Coast Guard determined that a special local regulation is needed and delaying or foregoing this safety measure to provide a comment period would be contrary to the public interest. The special local regulation is needed to safeguard persons and vessels from safety hazards associated with the USAT Triathlon and Race Rowing Competition. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:29 Mar 15, 2012 Jkt 226001 Basis and Purpose The University of Alabama Women’s rowing team is sponsoring a Race Rowing Competition between the University of Alabama and the University of Iowa on the Black Warrior River. The Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission is sponsoring the USAT National Collegiate Championship Triathlon, and the swimming portion of the race is to take place in the Black Warrior River. The introduction of rowing vessels and swimmers into a commercially transited river system poses significant safety hazards to both swimmers and rowing vessels. The COTP Mobile is establishing a temporary special local regulation for a portion of the Black Warrior River, Tuscaloosa, AL, to safeguard persons and vessels during the two events. The COTP anticipates minimal impact on vessel traffic due to this regulation. However, this special local regulation is deemed necessary for the safeguard of life and property within the COTP Mobile zone. Discussion of Rule The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary special local regulation for a portion of the Black Warrior River from mile 338.5 to mile 341.5, Tuscaloosa, AL. This temporary rule will safeguard life and property in this area. Entry into, transiting in or anchoring in this zone is prohibited to all vessels not registered with the sponsor as participants or not part of the regatta patrol, unless specifically authorized by the COTP Mobile or a designated representative. They may be contacted on VHF–FM Channel 16 or through Coast Guard Sector Mobile at 251–441–5976. The COTP Mobile or a designated representative will inform the public through broadcast notice to mariners of changes in the effective period for the special local regulation. This rule is effective from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. on April 21, 2012. Regulatory Analyses We developed this rule after considering numerous statutes and executive orders related to rulemaking. Below we summarize our analyses based on 13 of these statutes or executive orders. Regulatory Planning and Review This rule is not a significant regulatory action under section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, and does not require an assessment of potential costs and benefits under section 6(a)(3) of that Order. The Office of Management and PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Budget has not reviewed it under that Order. The special local regulation listed in this rule will only restrict vessel traffic from entering, transiting, or anchoring within a small portion of the Black Warrior River, Tuscaloosa, AL. The effect of this regulation will not be significant for several reasons: (1) This rule will only affect vessel traffic for a short duration; (2) vessels may request permission from the COTP to transit through the regulated area; and (3) the impacts on routine navigation are expected to be minimal. Notifications to the marine community will be made through broadcast notice to mariners. These notifications will allow the public to plan operations around the regulated area. Small Entities Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601–612), we have considered whether this rule would have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The term ‘‘small entities’’ comprises small businesses, not-for-profit organizations that are independently owned and operated and are not dominant in their fields, and governmental jurisdictions with populations of less than 50,000. The Coast Guard certifies under 5 U.S.C. 605(b) that this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. This rule will affect the following entities, some of which may be small entities: The owners or operators of vessels intending to transit or anchor in affected portions of the Black Warrior River, Tuscaloosa, AL, during the two events. This special local regulation will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities for the following reasons. The zone is limited in size, is of short duration, and vessel traffic may request permission from the COTP Mobile or a designated representative to enter or transit through the regulated area. 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 E:\FR\FM\16MRR1.SGM 16MRR1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 52 / Friday, March 16, 2012 / Rules and Regulations 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 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 the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. We have analyzed this rule under that Order and determined that this rule 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 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 srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with RULES 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 VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:29 Mar 15, 2012 Jkt 226001 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 PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 15599 individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment. This rule is categorically excluded, under figure 2–1, paragraph (34)(h), of the Instruction. This rule involves establishing a special local regulation, requiring a permit wherein an analysis of the environmental impact of the regulations was performed. Under figure 2–1, paragraph (34)(h.), of the Instruction, an environmental analysis checklist and a categorical exclusion determination are not required for this rule. List of Subjects 33 CFR Part 100 Marine safety, Navigation (water), Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Waterways. For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 33 CFR part 100 as follows: PART 100–SAFETY OF LIFE ON NAVIGABLE WATERS 1. The authority citation for part 100 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1233. 2. Add § 100.35T08–0088 to read as follows: ■ § 100.35T08–0088 Special Local Regulation; Black Warrior River; Tuscaloosa, AL. (a) Regulated Area. The following area is a regulated area: a portion of the Black Warrior River, from mile 338.5 to mile 341.5, Tuscaloosa, AL. (b) Enforcement dates. This rule will be enforced from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. on April 21, 2012. (c) Special Local Regulations. (1) The Coast Guard will patrol the regulated area under the direction of a designated Coast Guard Patrol Commander. The Patrol Commander may be contacted on Channel 16 VHF–FM (156.8 MHz) by the call sign ‘‘PATCOM’’. (2) All Persons and vessels not registered with the sponsor as participants or official patrol vessels are considered spectators. The ‘‘official patrol vessels’’ consist of any Coast Guard, state, or local law enforcement and sponsor provided vessels assigned or approved by the Captain of the Port Mobile to patrol the regulated area. (3) Spectator vessels desiring to transit the regulated area may do so only with prior approval of the Patrol Commander and when so directed by that officer and will be operated at a minimum safe navigation speed in a manner which will not endanger participants in the regulated area or any other vessels. (4) No spectator shall anchor, block, loiter, or impede the through transit of E:\FR\FM\16MRR1.SGM 16MRR1 15600 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 52 / Friday, March 16, 2012 / Rules and Regulations participants or official patrol vessels in the regulated area during the effective dates and times, unless cleared for entry by or through an official patrol vessel. (5) The patrol commander may forbid and control the movement of all vessels in the regulated area. When hailed or signaled by an official patrol vessel, a vessel shall come to an immediate stop and comply with the directions given. Failure to do so may result in expulsion from the area, citation for failure to comply, or both. (6) Any spectator vessel may anchor outside the regulated area, but may not anchor in, block, or loiter in a navigable channel. Spectator vessels may be moored to a waterfront facility within the regulated area in such a way that they shall not interfere with the progress of the event. Such mooring must be complete at least 30 minutes prior to the establishment of the regulated area and remain moored through the duration of the event. (7) The Patrol Commander may terminate the event or the operation of any vessel at any time it is deemed necessary for the protection of life or property. (8) The Patrol Commander will terminate enforcement of the special local regulations at the conclusion of the event. (d) Informational Broadcasts. The Captain of the Port or a designated representative will inform the public through broadcast notices to mariners of the enforcement period for the regulated area as well as any changes in the planned schedule. Dated: February 21, 2012. D.J. Rose, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port Mobile. [FR Doc. 2012–6381 Filed 3–15–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 100 [Docket No. USCG–2012–0085] srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with RULES RIN 1625–AA08 Special Local Regulation; Emerald Coast Super Boat Grand Prix; Saint Andrew Bay; Panama City, FL Coast Guard, DHS. Temporary final rule. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary special local regulation for a portion of Saint Andrew SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:29 Mar 15, 2012 Jkt 226001 Bay, Panama City, FL. This action is necessary for the safeguard of participants and spectators, including all crews, vessels, and persons on navigable waters during the Emerald Coast Super Boat Grand Prix high speed boat races. Entry into, transiting in or anchoring in this area is prohibited to all vessels not registered with the sponsor as participants or not part of the regatta patrol, unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port (COTP) Mobile or a designated representative. DATES: This rule is effective from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on May 6, 2012. ADDRESSES: Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket are part of docket USCG–2012– 0085 and are available online by going to http://www.regulations.gov, inserting USCG–2012–0085 in the ‘‘Search’’ 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 and U.S. Coast Guard Sector Mobile (spw), Building 102, Brookley Complex South Broad Street Mobile, AL 36615, between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this temporary rule, call or email Lt. Lenell J. Carson, Coast Guard Sector Mobile, Waterways Division; telephone 251–441–5940 or email Lenell.J.Carson@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.’’ This rule provides proper notice; however, 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) which would provide a comment period with respect to this rule. The Coast Guard received PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 an application for a Marine Event Permit on January 31, 2011 from Super Boat International, Inc. to conduct a high speed boat race on May 6, 2012. After reviewing the details of the event and the permit application, the Coast Guard determined that a special local regulation is needed and delaying or foregoing this safety measure to provide a comment period would be contrary to the public interest. The special local regulation is needed to safeguard persons and vessels from safety hazards associated with the Emerald Coast Super Boat Grand Prix high speed boat races. Basis and Purpose On January 31, 2012, Super Boat International, Inc. applied for a Marine Event Permit to conduct a high speed boat race on Saint Andrew Bay, Panama City, FL on May 6, 2012. This event will draw in a large number of pleasure craft and the high speed boats pose a significant safety hazard to both vessels and mariners operating in or near the area. The COTP Mobile is establishing a temporary special local regulation for a portion of Saint Andrew Bay, Panama City, FL, to safeguard persons and vessels during the high speed boat races. The COTP anticipates minimal impact on vessel traffic due to this regulation. However, this special local regulation is deemed necessary for the safeguard of life and property within the COTP Mobile zone. Discussion of Rule The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary special local regulation for a portion of Saint Andrew Bay, Panama City, FL, enclosed by a bounded area starting at a point on the shore at approximately 30°09′55.62″ N, 085°41′46.30″ W, then east following the shore line to 30°08′39.18″ N, 085°39′27.89″ W, then southwest to 30°08′34.24″ N, 085°39′40.68″ W, then west to 30°09′34.35″ N, 085°41′46.30″ W, then north to the starting point at 30°09′55.62″ N, 085°41′46.30″ W. This temporary rule will safeguard life and property in this area. Entry into, transiting in or anchoring in this zone is prohibited to all vessels not registered with the sponsor as participants or not part of the regatta patrol, unless specifically authorized by the COTP Mobile or a designated representative. They may be contacted on VHF–FM Channel 16 or through Coast Guard Sector Mobile at 251–441–5976. The COTP Mobile or a designated representative will inform the public through broadcast notice to mariners of changes in the effective period for the special local regulation. This rule will E:\FR\FM\16MRR1.SGM 16MRR1

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 100

[Docket No. USCG-2012-0088]
RIN 1625-AA08


Special Local Regulation; USAT Triathlon/Race Rowing Competition; 
Black Warrior River; Tuscaloosa, AL

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Temporary final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary special local 
regulation for a portion of the Black Warrior River, from mile 338.5 to 
mile 341.5, Tuscaloosa, AL. This action is necessary for the safeguard 
of participants and spectators, including all crews, vessels, and 
persons on navigable waters during the USAT Triathlon/Race Rowing 
Competition. Entry into, transiting in or anchoring in this area is 
prohibited to all vessels not registered with the sponsor as 
participants or not part of the regatta patrol, unless specifically 
authorized by the Captain of the Port (COTP) Mobile or a designated 
representative.

DATES: This rule is effective and enforceable with actual notice from 7 
a.m. until 6 p.m. on April 21, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in 
the docket are part of docket USCG-2012-

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0088 and are available online by going to http://www.regulations.gov, 
inserting USCG-2012-0088 in the ``Search'' 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; and U.S. Coast Guard Sector Mobile (spw), 
Building 102, Brookley Complex South Broad Street, Mobile, AL 36615, 
between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal 
holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this 
temporary rule, call or email Lt. Lenell J. Carson, Coast Guard Sector 
Mobile, Waterways Division; telephone 251-441-5940 or email 
Lenell.J.Carson@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.'' This rule provides proper notice; however, 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) which would provide a 
comment period with respect to this rule. The Coast Guard received 
applications for Marine Event Permits on February 2, 2012, and February 
6, 2012, from the University of Alabama and the Tuscaloosa Tourism and 
Sports Commission to conduct their events on April 21, 2012. After 
reviewing the details of the events and the permit applications, the 
Coast Guard determined that a special local regulation is needed and 
delaying or foregoing this safety measure to provide a comment period 
would be contrary to the public interest. The special local regulation 
is needed to safeguard persons and vessels from safety hazards 
associated with the USAT Triathlon and Race Rowing Competition.

Basis and Purpose

    The University of Alabama Women's rowing team is sponsoring a Race 
Rowing Competition between the University of Alabama and the University 
of Iowa on the Black Warrior River. The Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports 
Commission is sponsoring the USAT National Collegiate Championship 
Triathlon, and the swimming portion of the race is to take place in the 
Black Warrior River. The introduction of rowing vessels and swimmers 
into a commercially transited river system poses significant safety 
hazards to both swimmers and rowing vessels. The COTP Mobile is 
establishing a temporary special local regulation for a portion of the 
Black Warrior River, Tuscaloosa, AL, to safeguard persons and vessels 
during the two events.
    The COTP anticipates minimal impact on vessel traffic due to this 
regulation. However, this special local regulation is deemed necessary 
for the safeguard of life and property within the COTP Mobile zone.

Discussion of Rule

    The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary special local 
regulation for a portion of the Black Warrior River from mile 338.5 to 
mile 341.5, Tuscaloosa, AL. This temporary rule will safeguard life and 
property in this area. Entry into, transiting in or anchoring in this 
zone is prohibited to all vessels not registered with the sponsor as 
participants or not part of the regatta patrol, unless specifically 
authorized by the COTP Mobile or a designated representative. They may 
be contacted on VHF-FM Channel 16 or through Coast Guard Sector Mobile 
at 251-441-5976.
    The COTP Mobile or a designated representative will inform the 
public through broadcast notice to mariners of changes in the effective 
period for the special local regulation. This rule is effective from 7 
a.m. until 6 p.m. on April 21, 2012.

Regulatory Analyses

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

Regulatory Planning and Review

    This rule is not a significant regulatory action under section 3(f) 
of Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, and does not 
require an assessment of potential costs and benefits under section 
6(a)(3) of that Order. The Office of Management and Budget has not 
reviewed it under that Order.
    The special local regulation listed in this rule will only restrict 
vessel traffic from entering, transiting, or anchoring within a small 
portion of the Black Warrior River, Tuscaloosa, AL. The effect of this 
regulation will not be significant for several reasons: (1) This rule 
will only affect vessel traffic for a short duration; (2) vessels may 
request permission from the COTP to transit through the regulated area; 
and (3) the impacts on routine navigation are expected to be minimal. 
Notifications to the marine community will be made through broadcast 
notice to mariners. These notifications will allow the public to plan 
operations around the regulated area.

Small Entities

    Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612), we have 
considered whether this rule would have a significant economic impact 
on a substantial number of small entities. The term ``small entities'' 
comprises small businesses, not-for-profit organizations that are 
independently owned and operated and are not dominant in their fields, 
and governmental jurisdictions with populations of less than 50,000.
    The Coast Guard certifies under 5 U.S.C. 605(b) that this rule will 
not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small 
entities. This rule will affect the following entities, some of which 
may be small entities: The owners or operators of vessels intending to 
transit or anchor in affected portions of the Black Warrior River, 
Tuscaloosa, AL, during the two events. This special local regulation 
will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of 
small entities for the following reasons. The zone is limited in size, 
is of short duration, and vessel traffic may request permission from 
the COTP Mobile or a designated representative to enter or transit 
through the regulated area.

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

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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 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 the States, on the 
relationship between the national government and the States, or on the 
distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of 
government. We have analyzed this rule under that Order and determined 
that this rule 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 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 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)(h), of the Instruction. This rule involves establishing a special 
local regulation, requiring a permit wherein an analysis of the 
environmental impact of the regulations was performed. Under figure 2-
1, paragraph (34)(h.), of the Instruction, an environmental analysis 
checklist and a categorical exclusion determination are not required 
for this rule.

List of Subjects 33 CFR Part 100

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

    For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 
33 CFR part 100 as follows:

PART 100-SAFETY OF LIFE ON NAVIGABLE WATERS

0
1. The authority citation for part 100 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  33 U.S.C. 1233.


0
2. Add Sec.  100.35T08-0088 to read as follows:


Sec.  100.35T08-0088  Special Local Regulation; Black Warrior River; 
Tuscaloosa, AL.

    (a) Regulated Area. The following area is a regulated area: a 
portion of the Black Warrior River, from mile 338.5 to mile 341.5, 
Tuscaloosa, AL.
    (b) Enforcement dates. This rule will be enforced from 7 a.m. until 
6 p.m. on April 21, 2012.
    (c) Special Local Regulations. (1) The Coast Guard will patrol the 
regulated area under the direction of a designated Coast Guard Patrol 
Commander. The Patrol Commander may be contacted on Channel 16 VHF-FM 
(156.8 MHz) by the call sign ``PATCOM''.
    (2) All Persons and vessels not registered with the sponsor as 
participants or official patrol vessels are considered spectators. The 
``official patrol vessels'' consist of any Coast Guard, state, or local 
law enforcement and sponsor provided vessels assigned or approved by 
the Captain of the Port Mobile to patrol the regulated area.
    (3) Spectator vessels desiring to transit the regulated area may do 
so only with prior approval of the Patrol Commander and when so 
directed by that officer and will be operated at a minimum safe 
navigation speed in a manner which will not endanger participants in 
the regulated area or any other vessels.
    (4) No spectator shall anchor, block, loiter, or impede the through 
transit of

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participants or official patrol vessels in the regulated area during 
the effective dates and times, unless cleared for entry by or through 
an official patrol vessel.
    (5) The patrol commander may forbid and control the movement of all 
vessels in the regulated area. When hailed or signaled by an official 
patrol vessel, a vessel shall come to an immediate stop and comply with 
the directions given. Failure to do so may result in expulsion from the 
area, citation for failure to comply, or both.
    (6) Any spectator vessel may anchor outside the regulated area, but 
may not anchor in, block, or loiter in a navigable channel. Spectator 
vessels may be moored to a waterfront facility within the regulated 
area in such a way that they shall not interfere with the progress of 
the event. Such mooring must be complete at least 30 minutes prior to 
the establishment of the regulated area and remain moored through the 
duration of the event.
    (7) The Patrol Commander may terminate the event or the operation 
of any vessel at any time it is deemed necessary for the protection of 
life or property.
    (8) The Patrol Commander will terminate enforcement of the special 
local regulations at the conclusion of the event.
    (d) Informational Broadcasts. The Captain of the Port or a 
designated representative will inform the public through broadcast 
notices to mariners of the enforcement period for the regulated area as 
well as any changes in the planned schedule.

    Dated: February 21, 2012.
D.J. Rose,
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port Mobile.
[FR Doc. 2012-6381 Filed 3-15-12; 8:45 am]
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