Regulated Navigation Area; Reporting Requirements for Barges Loaded With Certain Dangerous Cargoes, Inland Rivers, Ninth Coast Guard District; Stay (Suspension), 61183-61185 [2013-24153]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 192 / Thursday, October 3, 2013 / Rules and Regulations Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202–366–9826. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard Table of Acronyms 33 CFR Part 165 CDC Certain Dangerous Cargo DHS Department of Homeland Security FR Federal Register NPRM Notice of Proposed Rulemaking [USCG–2013–0849] RIN 1625–AA11 Regulated Navigation Area; Reporting Requirements for Barges Loaded With Certain Dangerous Cargoes, Inland Rivers, Ninth Coast Guard District; Stay (Suspension) Coast Guard, DHS. Temporary final rule. AGENCY: ACTION: The Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District is staying (suspending) reporting requirements under the Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) established for barges loaded with certain dangerous cargoes (CDC barges) in the inland rivers of the Ninth Coast Guard District. This stay (suspension) extension is necessary because the Coast Guard continues to analyze future reporting needs and evaluate possible changes in CDC reporting requirements. This stay (suspension) of the CDC reporting requirements in no way relieves towing vessel operators and fleeting area managers responsible for CDC barges in the RNA from their dangerous cargo or vessel arrival and movement reporting obligations currently in effect under other regulations or placed into effect under appropriate Coast Guard authority. DATES: This rule is effective on October 3, 2013 until December 31, 2015. ADDRESSES: Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket are part of docket USCG–2013– 0849. To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to http:// www.regulations.gov, type the docket number in the ‘‘SEARCH’’ box and click ‘‘SEARCH’’. Click on Open Docket Folder on the line associated with this rulemaking. 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions about this temporary rule, call or email LCDR David Webb, U.S. Coast Guard; telephone 216–902– 6050, email: David.M.Webb@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing the docket, call Barbara Hairston, Program sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:47 Oct 02, 2013 Jkt 232001 A. Regulatory History and 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)(3)(B), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for not publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) with respect to this rule because it would be impracticable, unnecessary, and contrary to the public interest. The contract for the CDC barge reporting system at the Inland River Vessel Movement Center (IRVMC) expired in January 2011. Due to the expiration of this contract, the Coast Guard is not able to receive and process reports. Therefore in late December 2010, the Coast Guard decided to suspend the IRVMC reporting requirements for a 2-year period. This suspension was published in the Federal Register at 76 FR 2829 (January 18, 2011), and was due to expire on January 15, 2013. The Coast Guard extended this suspension from January 23, 2013 until September 30, 2013, and published this extended suspension in the Federal Register at 78 FR 4788 (January 23, 2013). At this time, there is no plan to renew the contract for the CDC barge reporting system, and the Coast Guard is still considering whether to enter into a new contract and lift the suspension, modify the reporting requirements in the RNA, or repeal the RNA completely. Additionally, the Coast Guard has proposed a rule that would require vessels in this area to install and carry Automatic Identification System (AIS). See Vessel Requirements for Notices of Arrival and Departure, and Automatic Identification System notice of proposed rulemaking (73 FR 76295, December 16, 2008). These requirements, if imposed, may provide a suitable alternative to the stayed reporting requirements of 33 CFR 165.921. Therefore, an additional extension of the stay is necessary while PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 61183 the Coast Guard continues to evaluate these options. We believe prior notice and comment is unnecessary because we expect the affected public will have no objection to resuming the stay (suspension) of regulatory requirements that will expire on October 1, 2013. The Coast Guard received no public comment or objection regarding the suspension that was in effect from 2011 until January 15, 2013. Prior notice and comment is also contrary to the public interest because there is no public purpose served by continuing to require reports when there is no mechanism for receiving or processing those reports. Under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(1), a substantive rule that relieves a restriction may be made effective less than 30 days after publication. This temporary final rule, suspending the reporting requirements and thereby relieving the regulatory restriction on towing vessel operators and fleeting area managers provided by 33 CFR 165.921, is effective the same date of its publication in the Federal Register. B. Basis and Purpose The legal basis for this rulemaking is the Coast Guard’s authority to establish regulated navigation areas, under 33 U.S.C. 1226, 1231; 46 U.S.C. Chapter 701, 3306, 3703; 50 U.S.C. 191, 195; 33 CFR 1.05–1, 6.04–1, 6.04–6, 160.5; Pub. L. 107–295, 116 Stat. 2064; and Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1. An RNA is a water area within a defined boundary for which regulations for vessels navigating within the area have been established, to control vessel traffic in a place determined to have hazardous conditions. See 33 CFR 165.10; Commandant Instruction Manual M16704.3A, 1–6. The purpose of this temporary final rule is to continue the suspension of reporting requirements that was in place between January 2011 and January 15, 2013 and extended from January 23, 2013 through September 30, 2013. This temporary rule relieves the towing vessel operators and fleeting area managers responsible for CDC barges from the 33 CFR 165.921 reporting requirements for the period from the date of publication of this rule in the Federal Register, October 3, 2013, to December 31, 2015. We intend for there to be no gap in the stay of these reporting requirements, but if this rule is published after September 30, 2013, we will not enforce the reporting requirements during any gap in the stay. E:\FR\FM\03OCR1.SGM 03OCR1 61184 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 192 / Thursday, October 3, 2013 / Rules and Regulations C. Discussion of the Final Rule During the suspension of reporting requirements, towing vessel operators and fleeting area managers responsible for CDC barges will be relieved of their obligation to report their CDCs under 33 CFR 165.921(d), (e), (f), (g), and (h). This suspension in no way relieves towing vessel operators and fleeting area managers responsible for CDC barges from their dangerous cargo or vessel arrival and movement reporting obligations currently in effect under other regulations or placed into effect under appropriate Coast Guard authority. D. Regulatory Analyses We developed this temporary final 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. sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with RULES 1. Regulatory Planning and Review This rule is not a significant regulatory action under section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, as supplemented by Executive Order 13563, Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review, and does not require an assessment of potential costs and benefits under section 6(a)(3) of Executive Order 12866 or under section 1 of Executive Order 13563. The Office of Management and Budget has not reviewed it under that Order. This rule is temporary and limited in nature by extending the previously published suspension of CDC barge reporting requirements, creating no undue delay to vessel traffic in the regulated area. 2. Small Entities The Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 (RFA), 5 U.S.C. 601–612, as amended, requires federal agencies to consider the potential impact of regulations on small entities during rulemaking. 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 which may be small entities: Owners or operators of CDC barges intending to transit the Inland Rivers in the Ninth Coast Guard District from October 3, 2013 to December 31, 2015. This rule will not have a significant economic impact on those VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:47 Oct 02, 2013 Jkt 232001 entities or a substantial number of any small entities because this rule suspends reporting requirements during this period. 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 rule. 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. 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. 4. 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). 5. 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. 6. Protest Activities The Coast Guard respects the First Amendment rights of protesters. Protesters are asked to contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section to coordinate protest activities so that your message can be received without jeopardizing the safety or security of people, places, or vessels. 7. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1531–1538) requires PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 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. 8. Taking of Private Property This rule will not cause a taking of private property or otherwise have taking implications under Executive Order 12630, Governmental Actions and Interference with Constitutionally Protected Property Rights. 9. 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. 10. 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. 11. 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. 12. Energy Effects This action is not a ‘‘significant energy action’’ under Executive Order 13211, Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use. 13. Technical Standards This rule does not use technical standards. Therefore, we did not consider the use of voluntary consensus standards. 14. 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 E:\FR\FM\03OCR1.SGM 03OCR1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 192 / Thursday, October 3, 2013 / Rules and Regulations complying with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321–4370f), and have determined that 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 involves the extension of a previously published suspension of reporting requirements established for CDC barges transiting the inland rivers of the Ninth Coast Guard District. This rule is categorically excluded, under figure 2–1, paragraph (34)(g), of the Instruction. Under figure 2–1, paragraph (34)(g), of the Instruction, an environmental analysis checklist and a categorical exclusion determination are not required for this rule. List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165 Harbors, Marine safety, Navigation (water), Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Security measures, Waterways. For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 33 CFR part 165 as follows: PART 165—REGULATED NAVIGATION AREAS AND LIMITED ACCESS AREAS 1. The authority citation for part 165 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1226, 1231; 46 U.S.C. Chapter 701; 50 U.S.C. 191, 195; 33 CFR 1.05–1(g), 6.04–1, 6.04–6, and 160.5; Pub. L. 107–295, 116 Stat. 2064; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1. 2. Amend 33 CFR 165.921 by staying paragraphs (d), (e), (f), (g), and (h) from October 3, 2013 until December 31, 2015. ■ Dated: September 25, 2013. Fred M. Midgette, Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. 2013–24153 Filed 10–2–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P The Coast Guard is correcting the docket number in a notice of enforcement that appeared in the Federal Register on September 26, 2013 (78 FR 59240). The correct docket number is USCG–2012–0309. DATES: This correction is effective October 3, 2013. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: MST1 Joseph McCollum, Prevention Department, Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan, Milwaukee, WI, 414–747– 7148. SUMMARY: The heading of the notice of enforcement of regulation published in the Federal Register of September 26, 2013, in FR Doc. 2013–23383, on page 59240, contained an incorrect docket Number, ‘‘USCG–2013–0309.’’ The correct RIN Number is ‘‘USCG–2013–0309.’’ We are publishing this notice to correct that error. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Correction of Publication Accordingly, the notice of enforcement of regulation entitled Safety Zone; Chicago Harbor, Navy Pier East, Chicago, IL published in the Federal Register of September 26, 2013, in FR Doc. 2013–23383, is corrected as follows: On page 59240, in the heading, ‘‘Docket No. USCG–2013–0309’’ is corrected to read ‘‘Docket No. USCG– 2012–0309’’. Dated: September 27, 2013. Michael Cavallaro, Commander, U.S. Coast Guard, Acting Chief, Office of Regulations and Administrative Law. [FR Doc. 2013–24152 Filed 10–2–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE United States Patent and Trademark Office 37 CFR Chapter I [Docket No.: PTO–C–2013–0044] DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Patent and Trademark Office Acquisition Guidelines (PTAG) Coast Guard AGENCY: 33 CFR Part 165 United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce. ACTION: Notice. [Docket No. USCG–2012–0309] SUMMARY: sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with RULES RIN 1625–AA00 Safety Zone; Chicago Harbor, Navy Pier East, Chicago, IL; Correction Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of enforcement of regulation; correction. AGENCY: ACTION: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:47 Oct 02, 2013 Jkt 232001 The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has updated the Patent and Trademark Office Acquisition Guidelines (PTAG), which are the agency’s internal operating procedures for procurement. DATES: October 3, 2013. ADDRESSES: Written comments: Please submit any comments by email to PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 61185 loren.howcroft@uspto.gov. Although electronic comments are preferred, written comments may be submitted by postal mail addressed to: Loren Howcroft, Division Chief—Policy, Analysis and Liaison Division, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Madison East Building, Room MDE 7D03, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Comments may also be submitted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http:// www.regulations.gov. Comments submitted to the Federal eRulemaking Portal should include docket number PTO–C–2013–0044 in the subject line of the email. All comments made through the Federal eRulemaking Portal Web site will be made available for public inspection. Therefore, any information that should not be made public, such as an address or phone number, should not be included in the comments. While the USPTO welcomes and values all comments from the public in response to this notice, these comments do not bind the USPTO to any further actions related to the comments, and the USPTO may not respond to any or every comment that is submitted. The USPTO will, however, give consideration to all comments received. To view the PTAG, please visit the USPTO’s Web site at http://www.uspto.gov and type ‘‘PTAG’’ in the search box. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Loren Howcroft, Division Chief—Policy, Analysis and Liaison Division, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Office of Procurement, by telephone at (571) 270– 1625, or by mail addressed to: Loren Howcroft, Division Chief—Policy, Analysis and Liaison Division, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Madison East Building, Room MDE 7D03, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: As outlined herein, the PTAG has been reorganized into parts that follow the acquisition process and that can be more easily cited. Clarifying language was added to more fully explain the USPTO’s agency-specific procurement flexibilities. This updated PTAG supersedes the one issued on March 10, 2003 [68 FR 25, 2/6/03, effective 3/10/ 03]. This PTAG will be effective as of October 3, 2013. Nature of Guidelines The alternate procedures set forth in this notice are intended to incorporate brevity of content, streamlined procedures, innovation in process, flexibility, and discretion to the acquisition process while ensuring objectivity and maximum reasonable E:\FR\FM\03OCR1.SGM 03OCR1

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 165

[USCG-2013-0849]
RIN 1625-AA11


Regulated Navigation Area; Reporting Requirements for Barges 
Loaded With Certain Dangerous Cargoes, Inland Rivers, Ninth Coast Guard 
District; Stay (Suspension)

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Temporary final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District is staying 
(suspending) reporting requirements under the Regulated Navigation Area 
(RNA) established for barges loaded with certain dangerous cargoes (CDC 
barges) in the inland rivers of the Ninth Coast Guard District. This 
stay (suspension) extension is necessary because the Coast Guard 
continues to analyze future reporting needs and evaluate possible 
changes in CDC reporting requirements. This stay (suspension) of the 
CDC reporting requirements in no way relieves towing vessel operators 
and fleeting area managers responsible for CDC barges in the RNA from 
their dangerous cargo or vessel arrival and movement reporting 
obligations currently in effect under other regulations or placed into 
effect under appropriate Coast Guard authority.

DATES: This rule is effective on October 3, 2013 until December 31, 
2015.

ADDRESSES: Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in 
the docket are part of docket USCG-2013-0849. To view documents 
mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to 
http://www.regulations.gov, type the docket number in the ``SEARCH'' 
box and click ``SEARCH''. Click on Open Docket Folder on the line 
associated with this rulemaking. 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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions about this 
temporary rule, call or email LCDR David Webb, U.S. Coast Guard; 
telephone 216-902-6050, email: David.M.Webb@uscg.mil. If you have 
questions on viewing the docket, call Barbara Hairston, Program 
Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Table of Acronyms

CDC Certain Dangerous Cargo
DHS Department of Homeland Security
FR Federal Register
NPRM Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

A. Regulatory History and 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)(3)(B), the Coast Guard finds that 
good cause exists for not publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking 
(NPRM) with respect to this rule because it would be impracticable, 
unnecessary, and contrary to the public interest.
    The contract for the CDC barge reporting system at the Inland River 
Vessel Movement Center (IRVMC) expired in January 2011. Due to the 
expiration of this contract, the Coast Guard is not able to receive and 
process reports. Therefore in late December 2010, the Coast Guard 
decided to suspend the IRVMC reporting requirements for a 2-year 
period. This suspension was published in the Federal Register at 76 FR 
2829 (January 18, 2011), and was due to expire on January 15, 2013. The 
Coast Guard extended this suspension from January 23, 2013 until 
September 30, 2013, and published this extended suspension in the 
Federal Register at 78 FR 4788 (January 23, 2013).
    At this time, there is no plan to renew the contract for the CDC 
barge reporting system, and the Coast Guard is still considering 
whether to enter into a new contract and lift the suspension, modify 
the reporting requirements in the RNA, or repeal the RNA completely. 
Additionally, the Coast Guard has proposed a rule that would require 
vessels in this area to install and carry Automatic Identification 
System (AIS). See Vessel Requirements for Notices of Arrival and 
Departure, and Automatic Identification System notice of proposed 
rulemaking (73 FR 76295, December 16, 2008). These requirements, if 
imposed, may provide a suitable alternative to the stayed reporting 
requirements of 33 CFR 165.921. Therefore, an additional extension of 
the stay is necessary while the Coast Guard continues to evaluate these 
options.
    We believe prior notice and comment is unnecessary because we 
expect the affected public will have no objection to resuming the stay 
(suspension) of regulatory requirements that will expire on October 1, 
2013. The Coast Guard received no public comment or objection regarding 
the suspension that was in effect from 2011 until January 15, 2013. 
Prior notice and comment is also contrary to the public interest 
because there is no public purpose served by continuing to require 
reports when there is no mechanism for receiving or processing those 
reports.
    Under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(1), a substantive rule that relieves a 
restriction may be made effective less than 30 days after publication. 
This temporary final rule, suspending the reporting requirements and 
thereby relieving the regulatory restriction on towing vessel operators 
and fleeting area managers provided by 33 CFR 165.921, is effective the 
same date of its publication in the Federal Register.

B. Basis and Purpose

    The legal basis for this rulemaking is the Coast Guard's authority 
to establish regulated navigation areas, under 33 U.S.C. 1226, 1231; 46 
U.S.C. Chapter 701, 3306, 3703; 50 U.S.C. 191, 195; 33 CFR 1.05-1, 
6.04-1, 6.04-6, 160.5; Pub. L. 107-295, 116 Stat. 2064; and Department 
of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1. An RNA is a water area 
within a defined boundary for which regulations for vessels navigating 
within the area have been established, to control vessel traffic in a 
place determined to have hazardous conditions. See 33 CFR 165.10; 
Commandant Instruction Manual M16704.3A, 1-6.
    The purpose of this temporary final rule is to continue the 
suspension of reporting requirements that was in place between January 
2011 and January 15, 2013 and extended from January 23, 2013 through 
September 30, 2013. This temporary rule relieves the towing vessel 
operators and fleeting area managers responsible for CDC barges from 
the 33 CFR 165.921 reporting requirements for the period from the date 
of publication of this rule in the Federal Register, October 3, 2013, 
to December 31, 2015. We intend for there to be no gap in the stay of 
these reporting requirements, but if this rule is published after 
September 30, 2013, we will not enforce the reporting requirements 
during any gap in the stay.

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C. Discussion of the Final Rule

    During the suspension of reporting requirements, towing vessel 
operators and fleeting area managers responsible for CDC barges will be 
relieved of their obligation to report their CDCs under 33 CFR 
165.921(d), (e), (f), (g), and (h). This suspension in no way relieves 
towing vessel operators and fleeting area managers responsible for CDC 
barges from their dangerous cargo or vessel arrival and movement 
reporting obligations currently in effect under other regulations or 
placed into effect under appropriate Coast Guard authority.

D. Regulatory Analyses

    We developed this temporary final 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 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 Executive Order 12866 or 
under section 1 of Executive Order 13563. The Office of Management and 
Budget has not reviewed it under that Order. This rule is temporary and 
limited in nature by extending the previously published suspension of 
CDC barge reporting requirements, creating no undue delay to vessel 
traffic in the regulated area.

2. Small Entities

    The Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 (RFA), 5 U.S.C. 601-612, as 
amended, requires federal agencies to consider the potential impact of 
regulations on small entities during rulemaking. 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 which may 
be small entities: Owners or operators of CDC barges intending to 
transit the Inland Rivers in the Ninth Coast Guard District from 
October 3, 2013 to December 31, 2015. This rule will not have a 
significant economic impact on those entities or a substantial number 
of any small entities because this rule suspends reporting requirements 
during this period.

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 rule. 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.
    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.

4. 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).

5. 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.

6. Protest Activities

    The Coast Guard respects the First Amendment rights of protesters. 
Protesters are asked to contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT section to coordinate protest activities so that 
your message can be received without jeopardizing the safety or 
security of people, places, or vessels.

7. 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.

8. Taking of Private Property

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

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. Energy Effects

    This action is not a ``significant energy action'' under Executive 
Order 13211, Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect 
Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use.

13. Technical Standards

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

14. 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

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complying with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 
U.S.C. 4321-4370f), and have determined that 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 involves the 
extension of a previously published suspension of reporting 
requirements established for CDC barges transiting the inland rivers of 
the Ninth Coast Guard District. This rule is categorically excluded, 
under figure 2-1, paragraph (34)(g), of the Instruction. Under figure 
2-1, paragraph (34)(g), of the Instruction, an environmental analysis 
checklist and a categorical exclusion determination are not required 
for this rule.

List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165

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

    For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 
33 CFR part 165 as follows:

PART 165--REGULATED NAVIGATION AREAS AND LIMITED ACCESS AREAS

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1. The authority citation for part 165 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  33 U.S.C. 1226, 1231; 46 U.S.C. Chapter 701; 50 
U.S.C. 191, 195; 33 CFR 1.05-1(g), 6.04-1, 6.04-6, and 160.5; Pub. 
L. 107-295, 116 Stat. 2064; Department of Homeland Security 
Delegation No. 0170.1.

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2. Amend 33 CFR 165.921 by staying paragraphs (d), (e), (f), (g), and 
(h) from October 3, 2013 until December 31, 2015.

    Dated: September 25, 2013.
Fred M. Midgette,
Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District.
[FR Doc. 2013-24153 Filed 10-2-13; 8:45 am]
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