Regulated Navigation Area; South Bristol Gut Bridge Replacement, South Bristol, ME, 43332-43335 [2014-17606]

Download as PDF emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS 43332 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 143 / Friday, July 25, 2014 / Proposed Rules 076°34′30″ W, and approximate position latitude 39°15′40″ N, longitude 076°34′37″ W, located in the Northwest Harbor (East Channel) at Baltimore, Maryland. All coordinates refer to datum NAD 1983. (b) Regulations. The general safety zone regulations found in 33 CFR 165.23 apply to the safety zone created by this temporary section, § 165.T05– 0541. (1) All persons are required to comply with the general regulations governing safety zones found in 33 CFR 165.23. (2) Entry into or remaining in this zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port Baltimore or his designated representative. (3) Persons desiring to transit the area of the safety zone must first obtain authorization from the Captain of the Port Baltimore or his designated representative. To seek permission to transit the area, the Captain of the Port Baltimore or his designated representative can be contacted at telephone number 410–576–2693 or on Marine Band Radio VHF–FM channel 16 (156.8 MHz). The Coast Guard vessels enforcing this section can be contacted on Marine Band Radio VHF– FM channel 16 (156.8 MHz). Upon being hailed by a U.S. Coast Guard vessel, or other Federal, State, or local agency vessel, by siren, radio, flashing light, or other means, the operator of a vessel shall proceed as directed. If permission is granted, all persons and vessels must comply with the instructions of the Captain of the Port Baltimore or his designated representative and proceed at the minimum speed necessary to maintain a safe course while within the zone. (4) Enforcement. The U.S. Coast Guard may be assisted in the patrol and enforcement of the zone by Federal, State, and local agencies. (c) Definitions. As used in this section: Captain of the Port Baltimore means the Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, Maryland. Designated representative means any Coast Guard commissioned, warrant, or petty officer who has been authorized by the Captain of the Port Baltimore to assist in enforcing the safety zone described in paragraph (a) of this section. (d) Enforcement periods. This section will be enforced: (1) From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on September 12, 2014, and (2) From 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. on September 13, 2014, and if necessary due to inclement weather, from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. on September 14, 2014. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:28 Jul 24, 2014 Jkt 232001 Dated: July 10, 2014. K. C. Kiefer, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port Baltimore. [FR Doc. 2014–17444 Filed 7–24–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 [Docket Number USCG–2014–0214] RIN 1625–AA11 Regulated Navigation Area; South Bristol Gut Bridge Replacement, South Bristol, ME Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. AGENCY: ACTION: The Maine Department of Transportation (MEDOT) has requested the Coast Guard to establish a regulated navigation area (RNA) on the navigable waters of The Gut in South Bristol, Maine. Sector Northern New England received notice of a proposed replacement of The Gut Bridge in South Bristol, Maine between Rutherford Island and Bristol Neck. A Bridge Permit was awarded to MEDOT on April 15, 2014 to begin in accordance with plans dated September 24, 2013. This RNA would allow the Coast Guard to enforce speed and wake restrictions and prohibit all vessel traffic through the RNA during bridge replacement operations, both planned and unforeseen, which could pose an imminent hazard to persons and vessels operating in the area. This rule is necessary to provide for the safety of life on the navigable waters during bridge structural repair operations. DATES: Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before August 25, 2014. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number using any one of the following methods: (1) Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. (2) Fax: 202–493–2251. (3) Mail or Delivery: 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. Deliveries accepted between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. The telephone number is 202– 366–9329. See the ‘‘Public Participation and Request for Comments’’ portion of the SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below for further instructions on submitting comments. To avoid duplication, please use only one of these three methods. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this rule, call Lieutenant Junior Grade Elizabeth V. Gunn, Waterways Management Division at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England, at 207–767–0398 or email at Elizabeth.V.Gunn@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, call Cheryl Collins, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202–366–9826. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Table of Acronyms DHS Department of Homeland Security FR Federal Register NPRM Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 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, 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 at 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, it will be considered received by the Coast Guard when you successfully transmit the comment. If you fax, hand deliver, or mail your comment, it will be considered as having been received by the Coast Guard when it is received at the Docket Management Facility. We recommend that you include your name and a mailing address, an email address, or a telephone number in the body of your document so that we can contact you if we have questions regarding your submission. To submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov, type the docket number [USCG–2013–0214] in the ‘‘SEARCH’’ box and click ‘‘SEARCH.’’ Click on ‘‘Submit a Comment’’ on the line associated with this rulemaking. If you submit your comments by mail or hand delivery, submit them in an E:\FR\FM\25JYP1.SGM 25JYP1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 143 / Friday, July 25, 2014 / Proposed Rules unbound format, no larger than 81⁄2 by 11 inches, suitable for copying and electronic filing. If you submit comments by mail and would like to know that they reached the Facility, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or 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, type the docket number (USCG–2014–0214) 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. 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). 4. Public Meeting We do not now plan to hold a public meeting. But you may submit a request for one August 1, 2014, using one of the methods specified under ADDRESSES. Please explain why you believe 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. emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS B. Regulatory History and Information On January 24, 2014, Sector Northern New England received notice of a proposed replacement of The Gut Bridge in South Bristol, Maine between Rutherford Island and Bristol Neck. A Bridge Permit was awarded to Maine Department of Transportation (MEDOT) on April 15, 2014 to begin in accordance with Plans dated September 24, 2013. MEDOT has held seven public meetings between June 2009 and August 2013. Mariners have expressed no significant concerns. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:28 Jul 24, 2014 Jkt 232001 43333 On November 8, 2013, Public Notice 1–132 was disseminated by the First Coast Guard District Bridge Program Manager. This notice included the official plans being submitted for approval of a bridge permit and solicited comments from the public. Twenty-five comments were received. All comments were in support of burying the existing overhead electrical cables rather than allowing them to remain in place above the water. There were no comments received in opposition of the proposed construction project or potential closures to the channel. Island is approximately 20–60 minutes for mariners. Further, all closures will be limited to specific hours of the day. Mariners will be advised of all closure dates and times via Local Notice to Mariners and Broadcast Notice to Mariners in advance of closure times. C. Basis and Purpose Under the Ports and Waterways Safety Act, the Coast Guard has the authority to establish RNAs in defined water areas that are determined to have hazardous conditions and in which vessel traffic can be regulated in the interest of safety. See 33 U.S.C. 1231 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, and 160.5; Public Law 107–295, 116 Stat. 2064; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1. The purpose of this proposed rule is to ensure the safe transit of vessels in the area, and to protect all persons, vessels, construction crews, and the marine environment during bridge construction operations on The Gut in South Bristol, ME, between Rutherford Island and Bristol Neck. 1. Regulatory Planning and Review D. Discussion of Proposed Rule MEDOT proposes to replace the existing movable bobtail swing bridge over The Gut, which carries State Route 129 from Bristol Neck to Rutherford Island, with a movable trunnion-style lift bridge on the same alignment. The project is necessary to replace a structurally and operationally deficient bridge that has exceeded its useful life. Before demolition of the existing bridge commences, a temporary fixed detour bridge will be constructed on the east side of the existing bridge to provide for vehicular and pedestrian traffic throughout the project. This temporary bridge will not be movable and will have a fixed vertical clearance of 3 feet 11 inches. The existing bridge has a vertical clearance of 4 feet 2 inches when closed. It is proposed that marine traffic will be restricted from the project vicinity during the removal of the existing bridge and construction of the new bridge. This navigational channel closure is expected to last approximately seven months and marine traffic will be detoured around Rutherford Island during this time frame. Transit time around Rutherford 2. Impact on Small Entities PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 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 a number of these statutes or executive orders. 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 Executive 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 rule to be minimal because mariners are able to make a short transit (approximately 20–60 minutes) around Rutherford Island to reach any destination on the other side of The Gut. 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 proposed rule will 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 intending to transit under the South Bristol Gut Bridge who cannot clear the fixed temporary bridge of 3 feet 11 inches. The impact to these entities would be minimal because mariners are able to make a short transit (approximately 20–60 minutes) around Rutherford Island to reach any destination on the other side of The Gut and the temporary bridge is estimated to only be in place for about seven months. E:\FR\FM\25JYP1.SGM 25JYP1 43334 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 143 / Friday, July 25, 2014 / Proposed Rules 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. 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 proposed rule or any policy or action of the Coast Guard. 4. Collection of Information This proposed rule will not call for a 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 Order and determined that this rule does not have implications for federalism. emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS 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 (adjusted for inflation) or VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:28 Jul 24, 2014 Jkt 232001 more in any one year. Though this proposed rule would not result in such an expenditure, we do discuss the effects of this rule elsewhere in this preamble. 8. Taking of Private Property This proposed rule would 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 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. 10. Protection of Children From Environmental Health Risks 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. 11. 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. 12. Energy Effects This proposed rule 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 proposed rule does not use technical standards. Therefore, we did not consider the use of voluntary consensus standards. 14. Environment We have analyzed this proposed 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 PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 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 that do not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment. This proposed rule involves the establishment of an RNA. This rule is categorically excluded from further review under paragraph 34(g) of Figure 2–1 of the Commandant Instruction. A preliminary environmental analysis checklist supporting this determination and a Categorical Exclusion Determination are available in the docket where indicated under ADDRESSES. 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 165 Harbors, Marine safety, Navigation (water), Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Security measures, Waterways. For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard proposes to amend 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. 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, and 160.5; Pub. L. 107–295, 116 Stat. 2064; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1. 2. Add § 165.T01–0214 to read as follows: ■ § 165.T01–0214 Regulated Navigation Area; South Bristol Gut Bridge Replacement, South Bristol, ME. (a) Location. The following area is a Regulated Navigation Area (RNA): All navigable waters of The Gut in South Bristol, ME, from surface to bottom, within a 300 yard radius of position 43°51′43″ N, 069°33′30″ W. (b) Regulations. (1) The general regulations contained in 33 CFR 165.10, 165.11, and 165.13 apply within the RNA. (2) In accordance with the general regulations, entry into or movement within this zone, during periods of enforcement, is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Sector Northern New England (COTP). (3) Persons and vessels may request permission to enter the RNA during periods of enforcement by contacting the COTP or the COTP’s on-scene representative on VHF–16 or via phone at 207–767–0303. E:\FR\FM\25JYP1.SGM 25JYP1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 143 / Friday, July 25, 2014 / Proposed Rules emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS (4) During periods of enforcement, entry and movement within the RNA is subject to a ‘‘Slow-No Wake’’ speed limit. Vessels may not produce more than a minimum wake and may not attain speeds greater than five knots unless a higher minimum speed is necessary to maintain steerageway. (5) During periods of enforcement, vessels must comply with all directions given to them by the COTP or the COTP’s on-scene representative. The ‘‘on-scene representative’’ of the COTP is any Coast Guard commissioned, warrant or petty officer who has been designated by the COTP to act on the COTP’s behalf. The on-scene representative may be on a Coast Guard vessel; Maine State Police, Maine Marine Patrol or other designated craft; or may be on shore and communicating with vessels via VHF–FM radio or loudhailer. Members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary may be present to inform vessel operators of this regulation. (6) During periods of enforcement, upon being hailed by a U.S. Coast Guard vessel by siren, radio, flashing light or other means, the operator of the vessel must proceed as directed. (7) All other relevant regulations, including but not limited to the Rules of the Road (33 CFR 84—Subchapter E, Inland Navigational Rules) remain in effect within the regulated area and must be strictly followed at all times. (c) Enforcement Period. This regulation is enforceable 24 hours a day from 12:01 a.m. on September 1, 2014 until 11:59 p.m. on June 30, 2017. (1) Prior to commencing or suspending enforcement of this regulation, the COTP will give notice by appropriate means to inform the affected segments of the public, to include dates and times. Such means of notification will include, but are not limited to, Broadcast Notice to Mariners and Local Notice to Mariners. (2) Violations of this RNA may be reported to the COTP at 207–767–0303 or on VHF-Channel 16. Dated: July 15, 2014. L. L. Fagan, Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, First Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. 2014–17606 Filed 7–24–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:28 Jul 24, 2014 Jkt 232001 DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 [Docket Number USCG–2014–0215] RIN 1625–AA11 Regulated Navigation Area; Bridge 1 Structural Repairs at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, ME Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of proposed rulemaking. AGENCY: ACTION: The U.S. Navy has requested the Coast Guard to establish a regulated navigation area (RNA) on the navigable waters of the Piscataqua River surrounding Bridge 1 between Kittery, ME, and Seavey Island, ME. Sector Northern New England received notice of potential bridge work being conducted on Bridge 1 between Kittery, ME, and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard on Seavey Island from September 1, 2014 through April 30, 2017. This RNA would allow the Coast Guard to enforce speed and wake restrictions and limit vessel traffic through the RNA during operations involving bridge structural repairs, both planned and unforeseen, which could pose an imminent hazard to persons and vessels operating in the area. This rule is necessary to provide for the safety of life on the navigable waters during bridge structural repair operations. SUMMARY: Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before August 25, 2014. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number using any one of the following methods: (1) Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. (2) Fax: 202–493–2251. (3) Mail or Delivery: 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. Deliveries accepted between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The telephone number is 202– 366–9329. See the ‘‘Public Participation and Request for Comments’’ portion of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below for further instructions on submitting comments. To avoid duplication, please use only one of these three methods. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this rule, call DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 43335 Lieutenant Junior Grade Elizabeth V. Gunn, Waterways Management Division at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England, at 207–767–0398 or email at Elizabeth.V.Gunn@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, call Cheryl Collins, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202–366–9826. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Table of Acronyms DHS Department of Homeland Security FR Federal Register NPRM Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 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, 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 at 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, it will be considered received by the Coast Guard when you successfully transmit the comment. If you fax, hand deliver, or mail your comment, it will be considered as having been received by the Coast Guard when it is received at the Docket Management Facility. We recommend that you include your name and a mailing address, an email address, or a telephone number in the body of your document so that we can contact you if we have questions regarding your submission. To submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov, type the docket number [USCG–2013–0215] in the ‘‘SEARCH’’ box and click ‘‘SEARCH.’’ Click on ‘‘Submit a Comment’’ on the line associated with this rulemaking. 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 comments by mail and would like to know that they reached the Facility, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope. We will consider E:\FR\FM\25JYP1.SGM 25JYP1

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 165

[Docket Number USCG-2014-0214]
RIN 1625-AA11


Regulated Navigation Area; South Bristol Gut Bridge Replacement, 
South Bristol, ME

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

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SUMMARY: The Maine Department of Transportation (MEDOT) has requested 
the Coast Guard to establish a regulated navigation area (RNA) on the 
navigable waters of The Gut in South Bristol, Maine. Sector Northern 
New England received notice of a proposed replacement of The Gut Bridge 
in South Bristol, Maine between Rutherford Island and Bristol Neck. A 
Bridge Permit was awarded to MEDOT on April 15, 2014 to begin in 
accordance with plans dated September 24, 2013. This RNA would allow 
the Coast Guard to enforce speed and wake restrictions and prohibit all 
vessel traffic through the RNA during bridge replacement operations, 
both planned and unforeseen, which could pose an imminent hazard to 
persons and vessels operating in the area. This rule is necessary to 
provide for the safety of life on the navigable waters during bridge 
structural repair operations.

DATES: Comments and related material must be received by the Coast 
Guard on or before August 25, 2014.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number using 
any one of the following methods:
    (1) Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
    (2) Fax: 202-493-2251.
    (3) Mail or Delivery: 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. Deliveries 
accepted between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except 
federal holidays. The telephone number is 202-366-9329.
    See the ``Public Participation and Request for Comments'' portion 
of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below for further instructions 
on submitting comments. To avoid duplication, please use only one of 
these three methods.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this rule, 
call Lieutenant Junior Grade Elizabeth V. Gunn, Waterways Management 
Division at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England, at 207-767-0398 or 
email at Elizabeth.V.Gunn@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing or 
submitting material to the docket, call Cheryl Collins, Program 
Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Table of Acronyms

DHS Department of Homeland Security
FR Federal Register
NPRM Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

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, 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 at 
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, it 
will be considered received by the Coast Guard when you successfully 
transmit the comment. If you fax, hand deliver, or mail your comment, 
it will be considered as having been received by the Coast Guard when 
it is received at the Docket Management Facility. We recommend that you 
include your name and a mailing address, an email address, or a 
telephone number in the body of your document so that we can contact 
you if we have questions regarding your submission.
    To submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov, 
type the docket number [USCG-2013-0214] in the ``SEARCH'' box and click 
``SEARCH.'' Click on ``Submit a Comment'' on the line associated with 
this rulemaking.
    If you submit your comments by mail or hand delivery, submit them 
in an

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unbound format, no larger than 8\1/2\ by 11 inches, suitable for 
copying and electronic filing. If you submit comments by mail and would 
like to know that they reached the Facility, please enclose a stamped, 
self-addressed postcard or 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, 
type the docket number (USCG-2014-0214) 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.

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).

4. Public Meeting

    We do not now plan to hold a public meeting. But you may submit a 
request for one August 1, 2014, using one of the methods specified 
under ADDRESSES. Please explain why you believe 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.

B. Regulatory History and Information

    On January 24, 2014, Sector Northern New England received notice of 
a proposed replacement of The Gut Bridge in South Bristol, Maine 
between Rutherford Island and Bristol Neck. A Bridge Permit was awarded 
to Maine Department of Transportation (MEDOT) on April 15, 2014 to 
begin in accordance with Plans dated September 24, 2013.
    MEDOT has held seven public meetings between June 2009 and August 
2013. Mariners have expressed no significant concerns.
    On November 8, 2013, Public Notice 1-132 was disseminated by the 
First Coast Guard District Bridge Program Manager. This notice included 
the official plans being submitted for approval of a bridge permit and 
solicited comments from the public. Twenty-five comments were received. 
All comments were in support of burying the existing overhead 
electrical cables rather than allowing them to remain in place above 
the water. There were no comments received in opposition of the 
proposed construction project or potential closures to the channel.

C. Basis and Purpose

    Under the Ports and Waterways Safety Act, the Coast Guard has the 
authority to establish RNAs in defined water areas that are determined 
to have hazardous conditions and in which vessel traffic can be 
regulated in the interest of safety. See 33 U.S.C. 1231 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, and 160.5; Public Law 107-295, 116 Stat. 2064; Department of 
Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1. The purpose of this proposed 
rule is to ensure the safe transit of vessels in the area, and to 
protect all persons, vessels, construction crews, and the marine 
environment during bridge construction operations on The Gut in South 
Bristol, ME, between Rutherford Island and Bristol Neck.

D. Discussion of Proposed Rule

    MEDOT proposes to replace the existing movable bobtail swing bridge 
over The Gut, which carries State Route 129 from Bristol Neck to 
Rutherford Island, with a movable trunnion-style lift bridge on the 
same alignment. The project is necessary to replace a structurally and 
operationally deficient bridge that has exceeded its useful life. 
Before demolition of the existing bridge commences, a temporary fixed 
detour bridge will be constructed on the east side of the existing 
bridge to provide for vehicular and pedestrian traffic throughout the 
project. This temporary bridge will not be movable and will have a 
fixed vertical clearance of 3 feet 11 inches. The existing bridge has a 
vertical clearance of 4 feet 2 inches when closed. It is proposed that 
marine traffic will be restricted from the project vicinity during the 
removal of the existing bridge and construction of the new bridge. This 
navigational channel closure is expected to last approximately seven 
months and marine traffic will be detoured around Rutherford Island 
during this time frame. Transit time around Rutherford Island is 
approximately 20-60 minutes for mariners.
    Further, all closures will be limited to specific hours of the day. 
Mariners will be advised of all closure dates and times via Local 
Notice to Mariners and Broadcast Notice to Mariners in advance of 
closure times.

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 a number 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 Executive 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 rule to be minimal because 
mariners are able to make a short transit (approximately 20-60 minutes) 
around Rutherford Island to reach any destination on the other side of 
The Gut.

2. Impact on 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 
proposed rule will 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 
intending to transit under the South Bristol Gut Bridge who cannot 
clear the fixed temporary bridge of 3 feet 11 inches. The impact to 
these entities would be minimal because mariners are able to make a 
short transit (approximately 20-60 minutes) around Rutherford Island to 
reach any destination on the other side of The Gut and the temporary 
bridge is estimated to only be in place for about seven months.

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    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. 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 proposed rule or any 
policy or action of the Coast Guard.

4. Collection of Information

    This proposed rule will not call for a 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 Order and 
determined that this rule 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 (adjusted for 
inflation) or more in any one year. Though this proposed rule would not 
result in such an expenditure, we do discuss the effects of this rule 
elsewhere in this preamble.

8. Taking of Private Property

    This proposed rule would 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 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.

10. Protection of Children From Environmental Health Risks

    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.

11. 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.

12. Energy Effects

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

14. Environment

    We have analyzed this proposed 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 made a preliminary determination that this action is one of a 
category of actions that do not individually or cumulatively have a 
significant effect on the human environment. This proposed rule 
involves the establishment of an RNA. This rule is categorically 
excluded from further review under paragraph 34(g) of Figure 2-1 of the 
Commandant Instruction. A preliminary environmental analysis checklist 
supporting this determination and a Categorical Exclusion Determination 
are available in the docket where indicated under ADDRESSES. 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 165

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

    For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard proposes 
to amend 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, 6.04-1, 6.04-6, and 160.5; Pub. 
L. 107-295, 116 Stat. 2064; Department of Homeland Security 
Delegation No. 0170.1.

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2. Add Sec.  165.T01-0214 to read as follows:


Sec.  165.T01-0214  Regulated Navigation Area; South Bristol Gut Bridge 
Replacement, South Bristol, ME.

    (a) Location. The following area is a Regulated Navigation Area 
(RNA): All navigable waters of The Gut in South Bristol, ME, from 
surface to bottom, within a 300 yard radius of position 43[deg]51'43'' 
N, 069[deg]33'30'' W.
    (b) Regulations.
    (1) The general regulations contained in 33 CFR 165.10, 165.11, and 
165.13 apply within the RNA.
    (2) In accordance with the general regulations, entry into or 
movement within this zone, during periods of enforcement, is prohibited 
unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Sector Northern New 
England (COTP).
    (3) Persons and vessels may request permission to enter the RNA 
during periods of enforcement by contacting the COTP or the COTP's on-
scene representative on VHF-16 or via phone at 207-767-0303.

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    (4) During periods of enforcement, entry and movement within the 
RNA is subject to a ``Slow-No Wake'' speed limit. Vessels may not 
produce more than a minimum wake and may not attain speeds greater than 
five knots unless a higher minimum speed is necessary to maintain 
steerageway.
    (5) During periods of enforcement, vessels must comply with all 
directions given to them by the COTP or the COTP's on-scene 
representative. The ``on-scene representative'' of the COTP is any 
Coast Guard commissioned, warrant or petty officer who has been 
designated by the COTP to act on the COTP's behalf. The on-scene 
representative may be on a Coast Guard vessel; Maine State Police, 
Maine Marine Patrol or other designated craft; or may be on shore and 
communicating with vessels via VHF-FM radio or loudhailer. Members of 
the Coast Guard Auxiliary may be present to inform vessel operators of 
this regulation.
    (6) During periods of enforcement, upon being hailed by a U.S. 
Coast Guard vessel by siren, radio, flashing light or other means, the 
operator of the vessel must proceed as directed.
    (7) All other relevant regulations, including but not limited to 
the Rules of the Road (33 CFR 84--Subchapter E, Inland Navigational 
Rules) remain in effect within the regulated area and must be strictly 
followed at all times.
    (c) Enforcement Period. This regulation is enforceable 24 hours a 
day from 12:01 a.m. on September 1, 2014 until 11:59 p.m. on June 30, 
2017.
    (1) Prior to commencing or suspending enforcement of this 
regulation, the COTP will give notice by appropriate means to inform 
the affected segments of the public, to include dates and times. Such 
means of notification will include, but are not limited to, Broadcast 
Notice to Mariners and Local Notice to Mariners.
    (2) Violations of this RNA may be reported to the COTP at 207-767-
0303 or on VHF-Channel 16.

    Dated: July 15, 2014.
L. L. Fagan,
Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, First Coast Guard District.
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