Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Carlin Bayou, LA, 29927-29929 [2012-12272]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 98 / Monday, May 21, 2012 / Proposed Rules 2–1, paragraph (32)(e), of the Instruction, an environmental analysis checklist and a categorical exclusion determination are not required for this rule. We seek any comments or information that may lead to the discovery of a significant environmental impact from this proposed rule. List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 117 Bridges For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard proposes to amend 33 CFR part 117 as follows: PART 117—DRAWBRIDGE OPERATION REGULATIONS 1. The authority citation for part 117 continues to read as follows: Authority: 33 U.S.C. 499; 33 CFR 1.05–1; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1. 2. In § 117.101, paragraphs (b) and (c) are redesignated paragraphs (c) and (d), and a new paragraph (b) is added to read as follows: § 117.101 Alabama River. * * * * * (b) The draw of the Meridian and Bigbee Railroad (MNBR) Bridge, mile 205.9, at Selma, shall open on signal if at least 24 hours notice is given. An opening can be arranged by contacting the Meridian and Bigbee Railroad Roadmaster at 601–480–5071. * * * * * Dated: May 3, 2012. Peter Troedsson, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District, Acting. [FR Doc. 2012–12269 Filed 5–18–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 117 [Docket No. USCG–2012–0180] RIN 1625–AA09 Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Carlin Bayou, LA Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of proposed rulemaking. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS AGENCY: The Coast Guard proposes to add a special operating regulation governing the Louisiana and Delta Railroad (LDRR) vertical lift bridge across Carlin Bayou in Delcambre, Iberia Parish, Louisiana. The bridge currently remains in the open-to-navigation SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:07 May 18, 2012 Jkt 226001 If you have questions on this proposed rule, call or email David Frank, Bridge Administration Branch; telephone 504– 671–2128, email David.m.frank@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202–366–9826. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: A. 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. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ACTION: position and only lowers for the passage of trains. This rule proposes to codify the current schedule as a special operating regulation. DATES: Comments and related material must reach the Coast Guard on or before July 20, 2012. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG– 2012–0180 using any one of the following methods: (1) Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. (2) Fax: 202–493–2251. (3) Mail: Docket Management Facility (M–30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, 20590– 0001. (4) Hand delivery: Same as mail address above, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The telephone number is 202–366–9329. To avoid duplication, please use only one of these four methods. See the ‘‘Public Participation and Request for Comments’’ portion of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below for instructions on submitting comments. 1. Submitting Comments If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this rulemaking (USCG–2012–0180), 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 (http:// www.regulations.gov), or by fax, mail or hand delivery, but please use only one of these means. If you submit a PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 29927 comment online via http:// www.regulations.gov, it will be considered received by the Coast Guard when you successfully transmit the comment. If you fax, hand deliver, or mail your comment, it will be considered 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 phone 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 Rules’’ and insert ‘‘USCG–2012–0180’’ in the ‘‘Keyword’’ box. Click ‘‘Search’’ then click on the balloon shape in the ‘‘Actions’’ column. If you submit your 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 them by mail and would like to know that they reached the Facility, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope. We will consider all comments and material received during the comment period and may change the rule based on your comments. 2. 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– 0180’’ 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. 3. 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). E:\FR\FM\21MYP1.SGM 21MYP1 29928 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 98 / Monday, May 21, 2012 / Proposed Rules 4. Public Meeting We do not now plan to hold a public meeting. But you may submit a request for one using one of the four methods specified under ADDRESSES. Please explain why 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. For information on facilities or services for individuals with disabilities or to request special assistance at the public meeting, contact David Frank at the telephone number or email address indicated under the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of the notice. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS B. Regulatory History and Information The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) under 33 CFR part 117.5 requires that drawbridges open on signal for vessel passage. Prior to this request to change the operating schedule of the draw, no previous requests for changes have been received. The bridge owner has initiated this request without consultation of waterway users but did consult with the USCG Bridge Administration Office in New Orleans to request guidance on how to comply with the requirements of 33 CFR part 117.41. C. Basis and Purpose The LDRR vertical lift span bridge crosses the Carlin Bayou at mile 6.4 in Delcambre, Iberia Parish, Louisiana. The bridge is currently maintained in the open-to-navigation position, closing only for the passage of rail traffic. The railroad bridge has a vertical clearance of two feet above mean high water (MHW) in the closed-to-navigation position. The adjacent highway bridge has a vertical clearance of four feet above MHW in the closed-to-navigation position. Due to the limited number of trains using the rail line, the bridge owner proposes to maintain the bridge untended and in the fully open position for navigation, only lowering the bridge for the passage of trains as needed. Maintaining the bridge untended and in the open-to-navigation position also eliminates the need for a bridge tender. This rule proposes to codify the practice and bring it into compliance with 33 CFR part 117.41(b)(1). D. Discussion of Proposed Rule Under 33 CFR part 117.5, the LDRR bridge is required to open on signal for the passage of vessels except as otherwise authorized or required. The LDRR bridge is currently untended and operates under a schedule, known and VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:07 May 18, 2012 Jkt 226001 understood by the local users, maintaining the bridge in the open-tonavigation position and only closing for the passage of rail traffic. That schedule is not reflected in the CFR. This rule proposes to publish the locally known operating schedule, codifying the schedule as a Special Operating Requirement under 33 CFR part 117, Subpart B. The proposed special operating schedule closing the bridge to navigation would occur as follows: when a train arrives at the bridge, the train will stop and a crewmember from the train will observe the waterway for approaching vessels. If vessels are approaching, the vessels will be allowed to pass prior to the bridge being lowered. The crewmember will also verify that the adjacent highway bridge is in the closed-to-navigation position prior to initiating the command to lower the LDRR bridge. The bridge will remain down until the train has completely passed over the bridge, then a manual raise command will be initiated. If a vessel approaches while the bridge is in the closed position, they may request an opening by contacting the railroad at a number provided on the sign at the bridge. The railroad bridge has a vertical clearance of two feet above mean high water (MHW) in the closed-to-navigation position. The adjacent highway bridge has a vertical clearance of four feet above MHW in the closed-to-navigation position. E. Regulatory Analyses We developed this proposed rule after considering numerous statutes and executive orders related to rulemaking. Below we summarize our analyses based on 14 of these statutes or executive orders. 1. Regulatory Planning and Review This proposed 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, Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review, and does not require an assessment of potential costs and benefits under section 6(a)(3) of Order 12866 or under section 1 of Executive Order 13563. The Office of Management and Budget has not reviewed it under those Orders. We expect the economic impact of this proposed rule to be so minimal that a full Regulatory Evaluation is unnecessary. This rule proposes to codify the current operating schedule for the LDRR bridge which is already understood, known and accepted by the local bridge and waterway users. Very few vessels will be impacted as the bridge remains open PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 at all times except to allow rail traffic to pass trains two times a day, three days a week. 2. Impact on Small Entities Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601–612), we have considered the impact of this proposed rule on small entities. The Coast Guard certifies under 5 U.S.C. 605(b) that this proposed rule would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. This proposed rule would affect the following entities, some of which might be small entities: the owners or operators of vessels wishing to transit Carlin Bayou above mile 6.4. This action will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities because the bridge remains open at all times except to allow rail traffic to pass two times a day, three days a week. If you think that your business, organization, or governmental jurisdiction qualifies as a small entity and that this rule would have a significant economic impact on it, please submit a comment (see ADDRESSES) explaining why you think it qualifies and how and to what degree this rule would economically affect it. 3. Assistance for Small Entities Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104–121), we want to assist small entities in understanding this proposed rule so that they can better evaluate its effects on them and participate in the rulemaking. If the rule would affect your small business, organization, or governmental jurisdiction and you have questions concerning its provisions or options for compliance, please contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT, above. 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. 4. Collection of Information This proposed rule would call for no new collection of information under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501–3520.). 5. 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 proposed rule under that E:\FR\FM\21MYP1.SGM 21MYP1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 98 / Monday, May 21, 2012 / Proposed Rules Order and have determined that it does not have implications for federalism. 6. 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 proposed rule will not result in such an expenditure, we do discuss the effects of this rule elsewhere in this preamble. 7. Taking of Private Property This proposed rule would 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. 8. Civil Justice Reform This proposed 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. 9. Protection of Children We have analyzed this proposed rule under Executive Order 13045, Protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks. This rule is not an economically significant rule and would not create an environmental risk to health or risk to safety that might disproportionately affect children. 10. Indian Tribal Governments This proposed rule does not have tribal implications under Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments, because it would 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. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS 11. Energy Effects We have analyzed this proposed 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 VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:07 May 18, 2012 Jkt 226001 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. 12. Technical Standards This proposed rule does not use technical standards. Therefore, we did not consider the use of voluntary consensus standards. 13. Environment We have analyzed this proposed rule under Department of Homeland Security Management Directive 023–01, and Commandant Instruction M16475.lD which guides the Coast Guard in complying with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321–4370f), and have made a preliminary determination that this action is one of a category of actions which do not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment because it simply promulgates the operating regulations or procedures for drawbridges. This rule is categorically excluded from further review under paragraph 32(e) of Figure 2–1 of the Commandant Instruction. Under figure 2–1, paragraph (32)(e), of the Instruction, an environmental analysis checklist and a categorical exclusion determination are not required for this rule. We seek any comments or information that may lead to the discovery of a significant environmental impact from this proposed rule. List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 117 Bridges. For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard proposes to amend 33 CFR part 117 as follows: PART 117—DRAWBRIDGE OPERATION REGULATIONS 1. The authority citation for part 117 continues to read as follows: Authority: 33 U.S.C. 499; 33 CFR 1.05–1; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1. 2. In § 117.435, the existing paragraph is designated paragraph (b). A new paragraph (a) is added to read as follows: § 117.435 Carlin Bayou. (a) The draw of the Louisiana and Delta Railroad (LDRR) Bridge, mile 6.4, at Delcambre, shall operate as follows: (1) The draw shall be maintained in the fully open position for navigation at PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 29929 all times, except during periods when it is closed for the passage of rail traffic. (2) When a train approaches the bridge, it will stop and a crewmember from the train will observe the waterway for approaching vessels. If vessels are observed approaching the bridge, they will be allowed to pass prior to lowering the bridge. The crewmember will verify that the adjacent highway bridge is in the closed-to-navigation position prior to initiating the lowering sequence. (3) After the train has completely passed over the bridge, the crewmember will initiate the raising sequence. (4) To request openings of the bridge when the lift span is in the closed-tonavigation position, mariners may call the LDRR Signal Supervisor at 337–316– 6015. * * * * * Dated: May 3, 2012. Peter Troedsson, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District Acting. [FR Doc. 2012–12272 Filed 5–18–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 [Docket No. USCG–2012–0293] RIN 1625–AA00 Safety Zone; Town of Cape Charles Fireworks, Cape Charles Harbor, Cape Charles, VA Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of proposed rulemaking. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard is proposing to establish a temporary safety zone on the waters of Cape Charles City Harbor in Cape Charles, VA in support of the Fourth of July Fireworks event. This action is intended to restrict vessel traffic movement to protect mariners from the hazards associated with firework displays. DATES: Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before June 20, 2012. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG– 2012–0293 using any one of the following methods: (1) Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. (2) Fax: 202–493–2251. (3) Mail: Docket Management Facility (M–30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\21MYP1.SGM 21MYP1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 98 (Monday, May 21, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 29927-29929]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-12272]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 117

[Docket No. USCG-2012-0180]
RIN 1625-AA09


Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Carlin Bayou, LA

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard proposes to add a special operating regulation 
governing the Louisiana and Delta Railroad (LDRR) vertical lift bridge 
across Carlin Bayou in Delcambre, Iberia Parish, Louisiana. The bridge 
currently remains in the open-to-navigation position and only lowers 
for the passage of trains. This rule proposes to codify the current 
schedule as a special operating regulation.

DATES: Comments and related material must reach the Coast Guard on or 
before July 20, 2012.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG-
2012-0180 using any one of the following methods:
    (1) Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
    (2) Fax: 202-493-2251.
    (3) Mail: Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. Department of 
Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, 20590-0001.
    (4) Hand delivery: Same as mail address above, between 9 a.m. and 5 
p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The telephone 
number is 202-366-9329.
    To avoid duplication, please use only one of these four methods. 
See the ``Public Participation and Request for Comments'' portion of 
the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below for instructions on 
submitting comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this proposed 
rule, call or email David Frank, Bridge Administration Branch; 
telephone 504-671-2128, email David.m.frank@uscg.mil. If you have 
questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, call Renee 
V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. 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.

1. Submitting Comments

    If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this 
rulemaking (USCG-2012-0180), 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 (http://www.regulations.gov), or by fax, mail or hand delivery, 
but please use only one of these means. If you submit a comment online 
via http://www.regulations.gov, it will be considered received by the 
Coast Guard when you successfully transmit the comment. If you fax, 
hand deliver, or mail your comment, it will be considered 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 phone 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 Rules'' and insert ``USCG-2012-0180'' in the ``Keyword'' 
box. Click ``Search'' then click on the balloon shape in the 
``Actions'' column. If you submit your 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 them 
by mail and would like to know that they reached the Facility, please 
enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope. We will 
consider all comments and material received during the comment period 
and may change the rule based on your comments.

2. 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-2012-0180'' 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.

3. 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).

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4. Public Meeting

    We do not now plan to hold a public meeting. But you may submit a 
request for one using one of the four methods specified under 
ADDRESSES. Please explain why 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.
    For information on facilities or services for individuals with 
disabilities or to request special assistance at the public meeting, 
contact David Frank at the telephone number or email address indicated 
under the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of the notice.

B. Regulatory History and Information

    The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) under 33 CFR part 117.5 
requires that drawbridges open on signal for vessel passage. Prior to 
this request to change the operating schedule of the draw, no previous 
requests for changes have been received. The bridge owner has initiated 
this request without consultation of waterway users but did consult 
with the USCG Bridge Administration Office in New Orleans to request 
guidance on how to comply with the requirements of 33 CFR part 117.41.

C. Basis and Purpose

    The LDRR vertical lift span bridge crosses the Carlin Bayou at mile 
6.4 in Delcambre, Iberia Parish, Louisiana. The bridge is currently 
maintained in the open-to-navigation position, closing only for the 
passage of rail traffic. The railroad bridge has a vertical clearance 
of two feet above mean high water (MHW) in the closed-to-navigation 
position. The adjacent highway bridge has a vertical clearance of four 
feet above MHW in the closed-to-navigation position.
    Due to the limited number of trains using the rail line, the bridge 
owner proposes to maintain the bridge untended and in the fully open 
position for navigation, only lowering the bridge for the passage of 
trains as needed. Maintaining the bridge untended and in the open-to-
navigation position also eliminates the need for a bridge tender. This 
rule proposes to codify the practice and bring it into compliance with 
33 CFR part 117.41(b)(1).

D. Discussion of Proposed Rule

    Under 33 CFR part 117.5, the LDRR bridge is required to open on 
signal for the passage of vessels except as otherwise authorized or 
required. The LDRR bridge is currently untended and operates under a 
schedule, known and understood by the local users, maintaining the 
bridge in the open-to-navigation position and only closing for the 
passage of rail traffic. That schedule is not reflected in the CFR. 
This rule proposes to publish the locally known operating schedule, 
codifying the schedule as a Special Operating Requirement under 33 CFR 
part 117, Subpart B. The proposed special operating schedule closing 
the bridge to navigation would occur as follows: when a train arrives 
at the bridge, the train will stop and a crewmember from the train will 
observe the waterway for approaching vessels. If vessels are 
approaching, the vessels will be allowed to pass prior to the bridge 
being lowered. The crewmember will also verify that the adjacent 
highway bridge is in the closed-to-navigation position prior to 
initiating the command to lower the LDRR bridge. The bridge will remain 
down until the train has completely passed over the bridge, then a 
manual raise command will be initiated.
    If a vessel approaches while the bridge is in the closed position, 
they may request an opening by contacting the railroad at a number 
provided on the sign at the bridge. The railroad bridge has a vertical 
clearance of two feet above mean high water (MHW) in the closed-to-
navigation position. The adjacent highway bridge has a vertical 
clearance of four feet above MHW in the closed-to-navigation position.

E. Regulatory Analyses

    We developed this proposed rule after considering numerous statutes 
and executive orders related to rulemaking. Below we summarize our 
analyses based on 14 of these statutes or executive orders.

1. Regulatory Planning and Review

    This proposed 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, Improving Regulation and 
Regulatory Review, and does not require an assessment of potential 
costs and benefits under section 6(a)(3) of Order 12866 or under 
section 1 of Executive Order 13563. The Office of Management and Budget 
has not reviewed it under those Orders. We expect the economic impact 
of this proposed rule to be so minimal that a full Regulatory 
Evaluation is unnecessary. This rule proposes to codify the current 
operating schedule for the LDRR bridge which is already understood, 
known and accepted by the local bridge and waterway users. Very few 
vessels will be impacted as the bridge remains open at all times except 
to allow rail traffic to pass trains two times a day, three days a 
week.

2. Impact on Small Entities

    Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612), we have 
considered the impact of this proposed rule on small entities. The 
Coast Guard certifies under 5 U.S.C. 605(b) that this proposed rule 
would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of 
small entities.
    This proposed rule would affect the following entities, some of 
which might be small entities: the owners or operators of vessels 
wishing to transit Carlin Bayou above mile 6.4. This action will not 
have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small 
entities because the bridge remains open at all times except to allow 
rail traffic to pass two times a day, three days a week.
    If you think that your business, organization, or governmental 
jurisdiction qualifies as a small entity and that this rule would have 
a significant economic impact on it, please submit a comment (see 
ADDRESSES) explaining why you think it qualifies and how and to what 
degree this rule would economically affect it.

3. Assistance for Small Entities

    Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement 
Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-121), we want to assist small 
entities in understanding this proposed rule so that they can better 
evaluate its effects on them and participate in the rulemaking. If the 
rule would affect your small business, organization, or governmental 
jurisdiction and you have questions concerning its provisions or 
options for compliance, please contact the person listed in the FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT, above. 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.

4. Collection of Information

    This proposed rule would call for no new collection of information 
under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520.).

5. 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 proposed rule under that

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Order and have determined that it does not have implications for 
federalism.

6. 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 proposed rule will not 
result in such an expenditure, we do discuss the effects of this rule 
elsewhere in this preamble.

7. Taking of Private Property

    This proposed rule would 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.

8. Civil Justice Reform

    This proposed 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.

9. Protection of Children

    We have analyzed this proposed rule under Executive Order 13045, 
Protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety 
Risks. This rule is not an economically significant rule and would not 
create an environmental risk to health or risk to safety that might 
disproportionately affect children.

10. Indian Tribal Governments

    This proposed rule does not have tribal implications under 
Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal 
Governments, because it would 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.

11. Energy Effects

    We have analyzed this proposed 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.

12. Technical Standards

    This proposed rule does not use technical standards. Therefore, we 
did not consider the use of voluntary consensus standards.

13. Environment

    We have analyzed this proposed rule under Department of Homeland 
Security Management Directive 023-01, and Commandant Instruction 
M16475.lD which guides the Coast Guard in complying with the National 
Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321-4370f), and 
have made a preliminary determination that this action is one of a 
category of actions which do not individually or cumulatively have a 
significant effect on the human environment because it simply 
promulgates the operating regulations or procedures for drawbridges. 
This rule is categorically excluded from further review under paragraph 
32(e) of Figure 2-1 of the Commandant Instruction. Under figure 2-1, 
paragraph (32)(e), of the Instruction, an environmental analysis 
checklist and a categorical exclusion determination are not required 
for this rule. We seek any comments or information that may lead to the 
discovery of a significant environmental impact from this proposed 
rule.

List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 117

    Bridges.

    For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard proposes 
to amend 33 CFR part 117 as follows:

PART 117--DRAWBRIDGE OPERATION REGULATIONS

    1. The authority citation for part 117 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 33 U.S.C. 499; 33 CFR 1.05-1; Department of Homeland 
Security Delegation No. 0170.1.

    2. In Sec.  117.435, the existing paragraph is designated paragraph 
(b). A new paragraph (a) is added to read as follows:


Sec.  117.435  Carlin Bayou.

    (a) The draw of the Louisiana and Delta Railroad (LDRR) Bridge, 
mile 6.4, at Delcambre, shall operate as follows:
    (1) The draw shall be maintained in the fully open position for 
navigation at all times, except during periods when it is closed for 
the passage of rail traffic.
    (2) When a train approaches the bridge, it will stop and a 
crewmember from the train will observe the waterway for approaching 
vessels. If vessels are observed approaching the bridge, they will be 
allowed to pass prior to lowering the bridge. The crewmember will 
verify that the adjacent highway bridge is in the closed-to-navigation 
position prior to initiating the lowering sequence.
    (3) After the train has completely passed over the bridge, the 
crewmember will initiate the raising sequence.
    (4) To request openings of the bridge when the lift span is in the 
closed-to-navigation position, mariners may call the LDRR Signal 
Supervisor at 337-316-6015.
* * * * *

    Dated: May 3, 2012.
Peter Troedsson,
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District 
Acting.
[FR Doc. 2012-12272 Filed 5-18-12; 8:45 am]
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