Moving Security Zone Around Escorted Vessels on the Lower Mississippi River, 30400-30402 [2012-12313]

Download as PDF 30400 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 100 / Wednesday, May 23, 2012 / Rules and Regulations circumstances, necessary to determine eligibility for and the amount of the premium tax credit; (6) Any other information required in published guidance, see § 601.601(d)(2) of this chapter, necessary to determine whether a taxpayer has received excess advance payments. (b) Time of reporting. [Reserved] (c) Manner of reporting. The Commissioner may provide rules in published guidance, see § 601.601(d)(2) of this chapter, for the manner of reporting under this section. ■ Par. 3. Section 1.6011–8 is added to read as follows: § 1.6011–8 Requirement of income tax return for taxpayers who claim the premium tax credit under section 36B. (a) Requirement of return. A taxpayer who receives advance payments of the premium tax credit under section 36B must file an income tax return for that taxable year on or before the fifteenth day of the fourth month following the close of the taxable year. (b) Effective/applicability date. This section applies for taxable years ending after December 31, 2013. ■ Par. 4. In § 1.6012–1, paragraph (a)(2)(viii) is added to read as follows: § 1.6012–1 Individuals required to make returns of income. srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with RULES (a) * * * (2) * * * (viii) For rules relating to returns required of taxpayers who receive advance payments of the premium tax credit under section 36B, see § 1.6011– 8(a). * * * * * Steven T. Miller, Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement. Approved: May 16, 2012. Emily S. McMahon, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Treasury (Tax Policy). [FR Doc. 2012–12421 Filed 5–18–12; 11:15 am] BILLING CODE 4830–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 [Docket No. USCG–2011–1063] RIN 1625–AA00 Moving Security Zone Around Escorted Vessels on the Lower Mississippi River Coast Guard, DHS. Temporary final rule. AGENCY: ACTION: The Captain of the Port of New Orleans (COTP New Orleans) is reestablishing and extending the effective period for the moving security zone on the Mississippi river, mile marker 90 through mile marker 110, extending 300 yards on all sides of vessels being escorted by one or more Coast Guard assets. SUMMARY: Section 165.T08–040, temporarily added at 77 FR 6013, effective from January 1, 2012, through March 31, 2012, is re-established and effective from May 23, 2012 through August 15, 2012. Beginning April 1, 2012 this rule continues to be enforced PART 602—OMB CONTROL NUMBERS through actual notice. ADDRESSES: Documents indicated in this UNDER THE PAPERWORK preamble as being available in the REDUCTION ACT docket are part of docket USCG–2011– 1063 and are available online by going ■ Par. 5. The authority citation for part to http://www.regulations.gov, inserting 602 continues to read as follows: USCG–2011–1063 in the ‘‘Keyword’’ Authority: 26 U.S.C. 7805. box, and then clicking ‘‘Search.’’ They ■ Par. 6. In § 602.101, paragraph (b) is are also available for inspection or amended by adding an entry in copying at the Docket Management numerical order to the table to read as Facility (M–30), U.S. Department of follows: Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey § 602.101 OMB Control numbers. Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, * * * * * between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday (b) * * * through Friday, except Federal holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If CFR part or section where Current OMB you have questions on this temporary identified and described Control No. rule, call or email Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Kenneth Blair, * * * * * Sector New Orleans, Coast Guard; 1.36B–5 ................................ 1545–2232 telephone 504–365–2392, email Kenneth.E.Blair@uscg.mil. If you have * * * * * questions on viewing the docket, call VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:20 May 22, 2012 Jkt 226001 DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202–366– 9826. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulatory Information The Coast Guard is issuing this temporary final rule without prior notice and opportunity to comment pursuant to authority under section 4(a) of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 553(b)). This provision authorizes an agency to issue a rule without prior notice and opportunity to comment when the agency for good cause finds that those procedures are ‘‘impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest.’’ Under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for not publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) with respect to this rule. Based on risk evaluations completed, and information gathered, from November 26, 2011 to March 12, 2012 and after evaluating the security needs for escorted vessels, the Coast Guard determined that the existing moving security zones should be extended from April 1, 2012 through August 15, 2012. This moving security zone is needed to protect escorted vessels and personnel from destruction, loss, or injury from sabotage or other subversive acts, accidents, or other causes of a similar nature. Providing a public notice and comment period for this temporary final rule is contrary to national security and the public interest. Additionally, the City of New Orleans will be hosting several high visibility events beginning in April, 2012, including the French Quarter Festival and War of 1812 Commemoration that will bring thousands of people into the New Orleans Central Business District. A thirty day notice period would unnecessarily delay the effective dates and would be contrary to the public interest by delaying or foregoing the necessary protections required for these escorted vessels and personnel. For these 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 Certain vessels, including high capacity passenger vessels, vessels carrying certain dangerous cargoes as defined in 33 CFR part 160, tank vessels constructed to carry oil or hazardous materials in bulk, and vessels carrying liquefied hazardous gas as defined in 33 CFR part 127 have been deemed by the COTP New Orleans to require escort protection during transit between mile marker 90.0 to mile marker 110.0 of the E:\FR\FM\23MYR1.SGM 23MYR1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 100 / Wednesday, May 23, 2012 / Rules and Regulations Lower Mississippi River. A moving security zone has been established for the escorted vessels, between mile marker 90.0 to mile marker 110.0, extending 300 yards in all directions of the escorted vessels. Vessels will not be allowed to transit through the moving security zone without the permission of the Captain of the Port, New Orleans or the on-scene Coast Guard asset. This security zone is necessary to protect the escorted vessels and personnel from destruction, loss or injury from sabotage or other subversive acts, accidents or other causes of a similar nature. Discussion of Rule srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with RULES Under the authority of the Magnuson Act, 50 U.S.C. 191–195 and 33 CFR part 6, the Coast Guard has established a moving security zone regulation to protect the escorted vessels and personnel. While this temporary rule remains in effect, vessels are prohibited from transiting in the vicinity of the escorted vessel, specifically within an area extending 300 yards in all directions from each escorted vessel. Deviations from this rule may be requested from the Captain of the Port New Orleans through the on-scene Coast Guard assest, via VHF Ch. 67 or the Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Center at (504) 365–2230. Notice of the moving security zones will be made through broadcast notices to mariners. A vessel may request permission of the COTP New Orleans or the on-scene Coast Guard asset to enter the security zone. If permitted to enter the security zone, a vessel must proceed at the minimum safe speed and must comply with the order of the COTP New Orleans or the on-scene asset. No vessel may enter the inner 50-yard portion of the security zone closest to the vessel being escorted. The COTP New Orleans will inform the public of the existence or status of the security zones around escorted vessels in the regulated area by Marine Safety Information Bulletins or Broadcast Notice to Mariners. Coast Guard assets will be clearly identified by lights, vessel markings, or with agency insignia. This moving security zone is necessary to protect vessels deemed to be in need of escort protection by the COTP New Orleans for security reasons. 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. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:20 May 22, 2012 Jkt 226001 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. It is not ‘‘significant’’ under the regulatory policies and procedures of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Due to its duration and location the impacts on routine navigation are expected to be minimal. 30401 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). Small Entities Federalism 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 in the vicinity of mile marker 90.0 through mile marker 110.0 of the Lower Mississippi River, extending 300 yards in all directions of an escorted vessel. This security zone will not have significant impact on a substantial number of small entities because of its location and duration. If you are a small business entity and are significantly affected by this regulation please contact Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Kenneth Blair, Sector New Orleans, at 504–365–2392, or email Kenneth.E.Blair@uscg.mil. 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. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Unfunded Mandates Reform Act The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1531–1538) requires Federal agencies to assess the effects of their discretionary regulatory actions. In particular, the Act addresses actions that may result in the expenditure by a State, local, or tribal government, in the aggregate, or by the private sector of $100,000,000 or more in any one year. Though this rule will not result in such an 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. E:\FR\FM\23MYR1.SGM 23MYR1 30402 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 100 / Wednesday, May 23, 2012 / Rules and Regulations 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. environment. This rule is categorically excluded, under figure 2–1, paragraph (34)(g), of the Instruction. This rule fits the category selected from paragraph (34)(g), as it establishes a temporary security zone for a limited period of time. An environmental analysis checklist and a categorical exclusion determination are available and accessible in the docket as indicated in the ADDRESSES section. 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. 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: srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with RULES 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 VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:20 May 22, 2012 Jkt 226001 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. 1231; 46 U.S.C. Chapter 701, 3306, 3703; 50 U.S.C. 191, 195; 33 CFR 1.05–1, 6.06–1, 6.05–6 and 160.5; Pub. L. 107–295, 116 Stat. 2064; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1. 2. Section 165.T08–040 is added to read as follows: ■ § 165.T08–040 Moving Security Zone, Escorted Vessels. (a) Location. The following areas are security zones: Navigable waters of the Lower Mississippi River, from mile marker 90.0 to mile marker 110.0, extending 300 yards in all directions of escorted vessels. Escorted vessels will be escorted by one or more Coast Guard assets or other federal, state, or local law enforcement agency assets clearly identifiable by lights, vessel markings, or with agency insignia. (b) Effective period. This rule is effective May 23, 2012 through August 15, 2012. Beginning April 1, 2012 this rule is enforced through actual notice. (c) Regulation. (1) Under the general regulations in § 165.33 of this part, vessels are prohibited from entering or transiting the security zones described in paragraph (a) of this temporary section, § 165.T08–040. (2) If granted permission to enter a security zone, a vessel must operate at the minimum speed necessary to maintain a safe course, unless required to maintain speed by the Navigation Rules, and shall proceed as directed by the Coast Guard. When within the security zone, no vessel or person is allowed within 50 yards of the escorted vessel unless authorized by the Coast Guard. PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (3) Persons or vessels requiring deviations from this rule must request permission from the Captain of the Port New Orleans through the on-scene Coast Guard or other agency asset, via VHF Ch. 67 or the Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Center at (504) 365–2230. (4) All persons and vessels granted permission to enter a security zone must comply with the instructions of the Captain of the Port New Orleans and designated personnel. Designated personnel include commissioned, warrant and petty officers of the U.S. Coast Guard, and local, state, and federal law enforcement officers on clearly identified law enforcement agency vessels. (d) Informational broadcasts. The Captain of the Port or a designated representative will inform the public through marine safety information bulletins or broadcast notices to mariners of this regulation. Dated: April 1, 2012. John J. Arenstam, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Acting, Captain of the Port New Orleans. [FR Doc. 2012–12313 Filed 5–22–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 180 [EPA–HQ–OPP–2011–0674; FRL–9349–3] Acibenzolar- S -methyl; Time-Limited Pesticide Tolerances Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: This regulation establishes time-limited tolerances for residues of acibenzolar-S-methyl in or on grapefruit, apples and pears. Syngenta Crop Protection LLC. requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). DATES: This regulation is effective May 23, 2012. Objections and requests for hearings must be received on or before July 23, 2012, and must be filed in accordance with the instructions provided in 40 CFR part 178 (see also Unit I.C. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION). ADDRESSES: The docket for this action, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA–HQ–OPP–2011–0674, is available either electronically through http://www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the OPP Docket in the Environmental Protection Agency Docket Center (EPA/DC), located in EPA SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\23MYR1.SGM 23MYR1

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 165

[Docket No. USCG-2011-1063]
RIN 1625-AA00


Moving Security Zone Around Escorted Vessels on the Lower 
Mississippi River

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Temporary final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Captain of the Port of New Orleans (COTP New Orleans) is 
re-establishing and extending the effective period for the moving 
security zone on the Mississippi river, mile marker 90 through mile 
marker 110, extending 300 yards on all sides of vessels being escorted 
by one or more Coast Guard assets.

DATES: Section 165.T08-040, temporarily added at 77 FR 6013, effective 
from January 1, 2012, through March 31, 2012, is re-established and 
effective from May 23, 2012 through August 15, 2012. Beginning April 1, 
2012 this rule continues to be enforced through actual notice.

ADDRESSES: Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in 
the docket are part of docket USCG-2011-1063 and are available online 
by going to http://www.regulations.gov, inserting USCG-2011-1063 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 Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Kenneth 
Blair, Sector New Orleans, Coast Guard; telephone 504-365-2392, email 
Kenneth.E.Blair@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing the docket, 
call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 
202-366-9826.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Regulatory Information

    The Coast Guard is issuing this temporary final rule without prior 
notice and opportunity to comment pursuant to authority under section 
4(a) of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 553(b)). This 
provision authorizes an agency to issue a rule without prior notice and 
opportunity to comment when the agency for good cause finds that those 
procedures are ``impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public 
interest.'' Under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), the Coast Guard finds that good 
cause exists for not publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) 
with respect to this rule. Based on risk evaluations completed, and 
information gathered, from November 26, 2011 to March 12, 2012 and 
after evaluating the security needs for escorted vessels, the Coast 
Guard determined that the existing moving security zones should be 
extended from April 1, 2012 through August 15, 2012. This moving 
security zone is needed to protect escorted vessels and personnel from 
destruction, loss, or injury from sabotage or other subversive acts, 
accidents, or other causes of a similar nature. Providing a public 
notice and comment period for this temporary final rule is contrary to 
national security and the public interest.
    Additionally, the City of New Orleans will be hosting several high 
visibility events beginning in April, 2012, including the French 
Quarter Festival and War of 1812 Commemoration that will bring 
thousands of people into the New Orleans Central Business District. A 
thirty day notice period would unnecessarily delay the effective dates 
and would be contrary to the public interest by delaying or foregoing 
the necessary protections required for these escorted vessels and 
personnel. For these 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

    Certain vessels, including high capacity passenger vessels, vessels 
carrying certain dangerous cargoes as defined in 33 CFR part 160, tank 
vessels constructed to carry oil or hazardous materials in bulk, and 
vessels carrying liquefied hazardous gas as defined in 33 CFR part 127 
have been deemed by the COTP New Orleans to require escort protection 
during transit between mile marker 90.0 to mile marker 110.0 of the

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Lower Mississippi River. A moving security zone has been established 
for the escorted vessels, between mile marker 90.0 to mile marker 
110.0, extending 300 yards in all directions of the escorted vessels. 
Vessels will not be allowed to transit through the moving security zone 
without the permission of the Captain of the Port, New Orleans or the 
on-scene Coast Guard asset. This security zone is necessary to protect 
the escorted vessels and personnel from destruction, loss or injury 
from sabotage or other subversive acts, accidents or other causes of a 
similar nature.

Discussion of Rule

    Under the authority of the Magnuson Act, 50 U.S.C. 191-195 and 33 
CFR part 6, the Coast Guard has established a moving security zone 
regulation to protect the escorted vessels and personnel. While this 
temporary rule remains in effect, vessels are prohibited from 
transiting in the vicinity of the escorted vessel, specifically within 
an area extending 300 yards in all directions from each escorted 
vessel. Deviations from this rule may be requested from the Captain of 
the Port New Orleans through the on-scene Coast Guard assest, via VHF 
Ch. 67 or the Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Center at (504) 365-2230. 
Notice of the moving security zones will be made through broadcast 
notices to mariners.
    A vessel may request permission of the COTP New Orleans or the on-
scene Coast Guard asset to enter the security zone. If permitted to 
enter the security zone, a vessel must proceed at the minimum safe 
speed and must comply with the order of the COTP New Orleans or the on-
scene asset. No vessel may enter the inner 50-yard portion of the 
security zone closest to the vessel being escorted. The COTP New 
Orleans will inform the public of the existence or status of the 
security zones around escorted vessels in the regulated area by Marine 
Safety Information Bulletins or Broadcast Notice to Mariners. Coast 
Guard assets will be clearly identified by lights, vessel markings, or 
with agency insignia. This moving security zone is necessary to protect 
vessels deemed to be in need of escort protection by the COTP New 
Orleans for security reasons.

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.
    It is not ``significant'' under the regulatory policies and 
procedures of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Due to its 
duration and location the impacts on routine navigation are expected to 
be minimal.

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 in the vicinity of mile marker 90.0 through mile marker 110.0 
of the Lower Mississippi River, extending 300 yards in all directions 
of an escorted vessel. This security zone will not have significant 
impact on a substantial number of small entities because of its 
location and duration. If you are a small business entity and are 
significantly affected by this regulation please contact Lieutenant 
Commander (LCDR) Kenneth Blair, Sector New Orleans, at 504-365-2392, or 
email Kenneth.E.Blair@uscg.mil.

Assistance for Small Entities

    Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement 
Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-121), we offer to assist small 
entities in understanding the rule so that they can better evaluate its 
effects on them and participate in the rulemaking process.
    Small businesses may send comments on the actions of Federal 
employees who enforce, or otherwise determine compliance with, Federal 
regulations to the Small Business and Agriculture Regulatory 
Enforcement Ombudsman and the Regional Small Business Regulatory 
Fairness Boards. The Ombudsman evaluates these actions annually and 
rates each agency's responsiveness to small business. If you wish to 
comment on actions by employees of the Coast Guard, call 1-888-REG-FAIR 
(1-888-734-3247). The Coast Guard will not retaliate against small 
entities that question or complain about this rule or any policy or 
action of the Coast Guard.

Collection of Information

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

Federalism

    A rule has implications for federalism under Executive Order 13132, 
Federalism, if it has a substantial direct effect on State or local 
governments and would either preempt State law or impose a substantial 
direct cost of compliance on them. We have analyzed this rule under 
that Order and have determined that it does not have implications for 
federalism.

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act

    The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1531-1538) 
requires Federal agencies to assess the effects of their discretionary 
regulatory actions. In particular, the Act addresses actions that may 
result in the expenditure by a State, local, or tribal government, in 
the aggregate, or by the private sector of $100,000,000 or more in any 
one year. Though this rule will not result in such an 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.

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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 fits the category selected from 
paragraph (34)(g), as it establishes a temporary security zone for a 
limited period of time.
    An environmental analysis checklist and a categorical exclusion 
determination are available and accessible in the docket as indicated 
in the ADDRESSES section.

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. 1231; 46 U.S.C. Chapter 701, 3306, 3703; 50 
U.S.C. 191, 195; 33 CFR 1.05-1, 6.06-1, 6.05-6 and 160.5; Pub. L. 
107-295, 116 Stat. 2064; Department of Homeland Security Delegation 
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2. Section 165.T08-040 is added to read as follows:


Sec.  165.T08-040  Moving Security Zone, Escorted Vessels.

    (a) Location. The following areas are security zones: Navigable 
waters of the Lower Mississippi River, from mile marker 90.0 to mile 
marker 110.0, extending 300 yards in all directions of escorted 
vessels. Escorted vessels will be escorted by one or more Coast Guard 
assets or other federal, state, or local law enforcement agency assets 
clearly identifiable by lights, vessel markings, or with agency 
insignia.
    (b) Effective period. This rule is effective May 23, 2012 through 
August 15, 2012. Beginning April 1, 2012 this rule is enforced through 
actual notice.
    (c) Regulation. (1) Under the general regulations in Sec.  165.33 
of this part, vessels are prohibited from entering or transiting the 
security zones described in paragraph (a) of this temporary section, 
Sec.  165.T08-040.
    (2) If granted permission to enter a security zone, a vessel must 
operate at the minimum speed necessary to maintain a safe course, 
unless required to maintain speed by the Navigation Rules, and shall 
proceed as directed by the Coast Guard. When within the security zone, 
no vessel or person is allowed within 50 yards of the escorted vessel 
unless authorized by the Coast Guard.
    (3) Persons or vessels requiring deviations from this rule must 
request permission from the Captain of the Port New Orleans through the 
on-scene Coast Guard or other agency asset, via VHF Ch. 67 or the Coast 
Guard Vessel Traffic Center at (504) 365-2230.
    (4) All persons and vessels granted permission to enter a security 
zone must comply with the instructions of the Captain of the Port New 
Orleans and designated personnel. Designated personnel include 
commissioned, warrant and petty officers of the U.S. Coast Guard, and 
local, state, and federal law enforcement officers on clearly 
identified law enforcement agency vessels.
    (d) Informational broadcasts. The Captain of the Port or a 
designated representative will inform the public through marine safety 
information bulletins or broadcast notices to mariners of this 
regulation.

    Dated: April 1, 2012.
John J. Arenstam,
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Acting, Captain of the Port New Orleans.
[FR Doc. 2012-12313 Filed 5-22-12; 8:45 am]
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