Regulated Navigation Area; Reporting Requirements for Barges Loaded With Certain Dangerous Cargoes, Illinois Waterway System Located Within the Ninth Coast Guard District; Expiration of Stay (Suspension) and Administrative Changes, 81186-81189 [2015-32616]

Download as PDF 81186 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 249 / Tuesday, December 29, 2015 / Rules and Regulations passage of vessels from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday except, Federal holidays, other than Columbus Day. * * * * * Dated: December 14, 2015. R.T. Gromlich, Rear Admiral, U. S. Coast Guard, Commander, Thirteenth Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. 2015–32737 Filed 12–28–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P Comments’’ portion of the section for further instructions on submitting comments. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION For information about this document call or email CDR Dan Somma at dan.t.somma@uscg.mil or CDR Anthony Maffia at anthony.j.maffia@uscg.mil, or call the Coast Guard at 216–902–6064. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: I. Table of Abbreviations DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 [Docket Number USCG–2013–0849] RIN 1625–AA11 Regulated Navigation Area; Reporting Requirements for Barges Loaded With Certain Dangerous Cargoes, Illinois Waterway System Located Within the Ninth Coast Guard District; Expiration of Stay (Suspension) and Administrative Changes Coast Guard, DHS. Interim rule; request for comments. AGENCY: ACTION: Through this interim rule, the Coast Guard is providing administrative changes to the existing reporting requirements under the Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) applicable to barges loaded with certain dangerous cargoes on the Illinois Waterway System in the Ninth District area of responsibility. The current stay of reporting requirements under the RNA is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2015. This interim rule limits the reporting requirements in that rule for an interim period while also requesting comments before proposing or finalizing any long term or permanent revisions to the existing reporting requirements. DATES: This interim rule is effective beginning January 1, 2016. Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before June 27, 2016. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for details on enforcement and compliance. SUMMARY: The docket for this interim rule and request for comments, [USCG– 2013–0849], is available at http:// www.regulations.gov. You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG–2013–0849 using the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http:// www.regulations.gov. See the ‘‘Public Participation and Request for jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with RULES ADDRESSES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:24 Dec 28, 2015 Jkt 238001 CDC Certain Dangerous Cargo CFR Code of Federal Regulations DHS Department of Homeland Security E.O. Executive order FR Federal Register IRVMC Inland River Vessel Movement Center NPRM Notice of proposed rulemaking Pub. L. Public Law RNA Regulated navigation area U.S.C. United States Code II. Background Information and Regulatory History The reporting requirements under 33 CFR 165.921 ‘‘Regulated Navigation Area; Reporting Requirements for Barges Loaded with Certain Dangerous Cargoes, Illinois Waterway System located within the Ninth Coast Guard District’’ were initially suspended (‘‘stayed’’) in January 2011 due to the expiration of the contract for the Inland River Vessel Movement Center (IRVMC). The IRVMC was the Coast Guard office responsible for collecting the information required by the regulated navigation area (RNA) at § 165.921. Upon expiration of the contract for the IRVMC, the Coast Guard was not able to receive and process reports. Therefore, the suspension of reporting requirements was published in the Federal Register on January 10, 2011 and was due to expire on January 15, 2013 (76 FR 2829). On January 3, 2013, the Coast Guard extended the suspension through September 30, 2013 (78 FR 4788) and on October 1, 2013, the Coast Guard extended the suspension once again through December 31, 2015 (78 FR 61183). In January 2015 the Coast Guard published a final rule, titled Vessel Requirements for Notices of Arrival and Departure, and Automatic Identification System (80 FR 5282). This rule implemented new and updated Notices of Arrival reporting requirements under 33 CFR 160 Subpart C by providing an exemption, at 33 CFR 160.204(a)(3) for any vessel required to report movements, its cargo, or the cargo in barges it is towing under 33 CFR 165.921 after December 31, 2015. This rule, which was initially proposed in 2008 before the RNA reporting PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 requirements were suspended, relied on the existing reporting requirements at 33 CFR 165.921 to support the exemption. Starting on January 1, 2016, a vessel would only be eligible for the exemption if it is required to report its movements or cargo as specified in § 160.204(a)(3). This rule makes changes to limit the suspended reporting requirements, which would otherwise come into effect in full on January 1, 2016. Also relevant to this interim rule and request for comments is the portion of 80 FR 5282 requiring that all vessels engaged in the movement of Certain Dangerous Cargos (CDC) have Class A Automatic Information System beginning in March 2016, pending Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval of a collection of information associated with that regulatory requirement. These AIS requirements provided under 33 CFR 164.46, if enforced, may provide an alternative method of reporting that could potentially satisfy the requirements under 33 CFR 165.921 and qualify these vessels for the 33 CFR 160.204(a)(3) exemption. As indicated in the Federal Register publications establishing and extending the RNA suspension, during the suspension periods, the Coast Guard assessed whether to modify the reporting required under the RNA and potential suitable alternative Coast Guard offices and programs to receive and disseminate the reported information. The new Automatic Information System requirement, once in full effect, will still be assessed as a potential alternative reporting method. At this time, the Coast Guard has determined that using already-established Coast Guard offices and units centralized at the Ninth District level to receive required reports is the appropriate interim solution to resume the reporting requirements necessary for both maritime domain awareness and to satisfy the exemption in 33 CFR 160.204(a)(3). This interim rule provides the necessary administrative changes to the existing reporting requirements, requiring reporting in a limited form while also requesting comments to better assess a potential permanent reporting system. III. Legal Authority and Need for Rule The Coast Guard is issuing this interim rule to limit the RNA reporting requirements that will come into effect after December 31 when the stay of § 165.921 expires. This rule is necessary to stay compliance with certain provisions of the existing rule, and to make administrative changes replacing the references to IRVMC, which is no E:\FR\FM\29DER1.SGM 29DER1 jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with RULES Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 249 / Tuesday, December 29, 2015 / Rules and Regulations longer operational. The Coast Guard is issuing this rule under authority in 33 U.S.C. 1231, the same authority providing for the initial establishment of the RNA. The Coast Guard is issuing this interim rule without prior 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 for several reasons. It is unnecessary to publish an NPRM because this interim rule makes only administrative changes to the existing RNA regulation under 33 CFR 165.921, and does not propose or establish new restrictions or requirements. This interim rule merely stays compliance with portions of an existing requirement, allowing select existing provisions to resume upon expiration of a stay in effect through December 31, 2015, and makes the administrative changes necessary to redirect reporting from the IRVMC to the District. Additionally, publishing an NPRM was impracticable because of the relatively short time between the publication of the Notices of Arrival final rule and the expiration of the stay, as well as the uncertain enforcement date of certain provisions of the Automatic Information System portion of that rule. These circumstances did not allow adequate time to develop an NPRM, solicit and consider public comment, and develop and publish a final rule before the expiration of the stay. Instead, the Coast Guard is soliciting public comment with this interim rule while it is in effect and while the AIS requirement will be in effect, if that information collection is approved by OMB, so that the public’s experience with this interim rule and the AIS requirement can be reflected in public comments. This interim rule is effective January 1, 2016. We are making this rule effective in less than 30 days from the date of publication under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(1) to the extent it relieves the reporting obligations that would otherwise come into effect upon the December 31, 2015 expiration of the stay, and under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3) because the Coast Guard finds that the imminent expiration of the stay constitutes good cause for forgoing the 30-day delay of effective date. Delaying VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:24 Dec 28, 2015 Jkt 238001 the effective date of this interim rule to provide a 30 day notice would be impracticable and contrary to public interest because a January 1, 2016, effective date is necessary to avoid submission of reports to the IRVMC which is no longer in operation. IV. Discussion of the Interim Rule The Coast Guard’s suspension of reporting requirements under 33 CFR 165.921 will expire as scheduled, in part, on December 31, 2015. On January 1, 2016, reporting requirements under 33 CFR 165.921 will become effective in a limited form. The Coast Guard is not reinstating reporting, 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, at 90-plus reporting points under the existing RNA currently published in the CFR. Under revisions made by this interim rule, reporting requirements will be enforced only when directed by the District Commander or a designated representative. This rule does not change the type of information to be reported. This interim rule makes administrative changes that remove or revise references to the IRVMC, as it is no longer operational, and replace them with the new Coast Guard office, the Ninth District CDC Reporting Unit (D9 CDCRU), which when activated will be responsible for collecting reported information. The entities required to report, and the information required, remain the same. However, reporting is required only as directed by the District Commander or a designated representative, based on assessment of prevailing safety and security conditions to ensure and enhance maritime domain awareness. In effect, the Coast Guard is allowing existing paragraphs (d)(1)(ix), (d)(2)(iv), (f)(9), and (g)(4) to come into effect, with administrative changes to accommodate the closure of IRVMC. We will continue to use the reporting points listed in paragraph (e) to describe where reporting is required. This rule ‘‘stays’’ (suspends) compliance with the other existing reporting requirements. The District Commander or designated representative will inform vessel operators and fleeting facilities when and where reporting is required, by using established coordination and communication mechanisms already in place and which are used to alert these same vessel operators and fleeting facilities of an increase in Maritime Security level. These notice mechanisms include, but are not limited to, coordination with industry trade organizations, Notices of Enforcement, Marine Safety Information Bulletins, and email notifications. PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 81187 Reports required under this RNA may be provided via email at d09-smbcdcru@uscg.mil. Alternative reporting contact methods, including telephone and fax numbers, will be provided in the notification from the District Commander or designated representative. Additionally, paragraph (h) allows for alternative methods to be submitted for approval by the District Commander. These are the same type of reporting methods listed in the current RNA at 33 CFR 165.921(d)(4), however there will not be a dedicated web link. The information required to be reported is not changed by this interim rule. The Coast Guard chose to suspend, rather than remove, several paragraphs of the existing rule in order to evaluate their necessity and to retain the ability to reinstate them (using appropriate administrative processes) if necessary. All public comments are welcome, but we specifically solicit comment on the following: The appropriate type and frequency of reporting related to CDC barges in D9; the potential to use AIS to satisfy reporting goals; and the extent to which complying with the AIS rule would render this rule unnecessary. V. Regulatory Analyses We developed this rule after considering numerous statutes and executive orders (E.O.s) related to rulemaking. Below we summarize our analyses based on a number of these statutes and E.O.s, and we discuss First Amendment rights of protestors. A. Regulatory Planning and Review E.O.s 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess the costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize net benefits. E.O. 13563 emphasizes the importance of quantifying both costs and benefits, of reducing costs, of harmonizing rules, and of promoting flexibility. This rule has not been designated a ‘‘significant regulatory action,’’ under E.O. 12866. Accordingly, it has not been reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget. No new requirements are established or imposed by this rule. This interim rule suspends compliance with certain provisions of an existing regulation that will come into effect when the current stay expires on December 31, 2015 thereby continuing to relieve a reporting obligation while the Coast Guard solicits public comment regarding appropriate reporting. As a result, the currentlystayed requirement will resume only in a limited form. The rule also makes administrative changes affecting which Coast Guard entity directs and receives E:\FR\FM\29DER1.SGM 29DER1 81188 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 249 / Tuesday, December 29, 2015 / Rules and Regulations D. Federalism and Indian Tribal Governments reporting. None of these changes will have a significant impact on regulated entities. B. Impact on Small Entities The Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980, 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. While some owners or operators of vessels intending to transit the RNA may be small entities, for the reasons stated in section V.A above, this rule will not have a significant economic impact on any vessel owner or operator. 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 section. 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. jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with RULES C. Collection of Information This rule does not call for a new collection of information under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501–3520). The existing collection is approved by the Office of Management and Budget under OMB control number 1625–0105. VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:24 Dec 28, 2015 Jkt 238001 A rule has implications for federalism under E.O. 13132, Federalism, if it has a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. We have analyzed this rule under that Order and have determined that it is consistent with the fundamental federalism principles and preemption requirements described in E.O. 13132. Also, this rule does not have tribal implications under E.O. 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. If you believe this rule has implications for federalism or Indian tribes, please contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section above. E. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1531–1538) requires Federal agencies to assess the effects of their discretionary regulatory actions. In particular, the Act addresses actions that may result in the expenditure by a State, local, or tribal government, in the aggregate, or by the private sector of $100,000,000 (adjusted for inflation) or more in any one year. Though this rule will not result in such an expenditure, we do discuss the effects of this rule elsewhere in this preamble. F. 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 (42 U.S.C. 4321–4370f), and have determined 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 rule involves administrative changes to resuming reporting requirements in a limited form under an established RNA. It is categorically excluded from further review under paragraph 34(g) of Figure 2–1 of the Commandant Instruction. This interim rule limits the existing, PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 suspended, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year reporting requirement throughout the entire RNA to require reporting only when and where directed by the District Commander, reducing the time frame and area that the reporting requirements are enforced. An environmental analysis checklist and categorical exclusion determination are not required. We seek any comments or information that may lead to the discovery of a significant environmental impact from this rule. G. 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. VI. Public Participation and Request for Comments We view public participation as essential, and will consider all comments and material received during the comment period. 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. We encourage you to submit comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http:// www.regulations.gov. If your material cannot be submitted using http:// www.regulations.gov, contact the person in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document for alternate instructions. We accept anonymous comments. All comments received will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov and will include any personal information you have provided. For more about privacy and the docket, you may review a Privacy Act notice regarding the Federal Docket Management System in the March 24, 2005, issue of the Federal Register (70 FR 15086). Documents mentioned in this interim rule as being available in the docket, and all public comments, will be in our online docket at http:// www.regulations.gov and can be viewed by following that Web site’s instructions. Additionally, if you go to the online docket and sign up for email alerts, you will be notified when comments are posted or additional publications or supplemental information is provided. E:\FR\FM\29DER1.SGM 29DER1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 249 / Tuesday, December 29, 2015 / Rules and Regulations § 165.921 Regulated Navigation Area; Reporting Requirements for Barges Loaded with Certain Dangerous Cargoes, Illinois Waterway System located within the Ninth Coast Guard District. List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165 Harbors, Marine safety, Navigation (water), Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Security measures, and 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. 1231; 50 U.S.C. 191; 33 CFR 1.05–1, 6.04–1, 6.04–6, and 160.5; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1. 2. In § 165.921: a. Revise paragraph (b); ■ b. In paragraph (c), remove the words ‘‘Inland River Vessel Movement Center or (IRVMC)’’ and add in their place the words ‘‘Ninth District CDC Reporting Unit or (D9 CDCRU)’’; ■ c. In paragraph (d) introductory text, remove the words ‘‘Inland River Vessel Movement Center (IRVMC)’’ and add in their place the words ‘‘Ninth District CDC Reporting Unit Eighth District (D9 CDCRU)’’; ■ d. In paragraph (d)(1) introductory text and in paragraph (d)(1)(ii), remove the text ‘‘IRVMC’’ and add, in its place, the text ‘‘D9 CDCRU’’; ■ e. In paragraph (d)(1)(ix), remove the text ‘‘IRVMC’’ and add in its place the text ‘‘District Commander or designated representative’’; ■ f. In paragraph (d)(2) introductory text, remove the text ‘‘IRVMC’’ and add in its place the text ‘‘D9 CDCRU’’; ■ g. In paragraph (d)(2)(iv), remove the text ‘‘IRVMC’’ and add in its place the text ‘‘District Commander or designated representative’’; ■ h. Revise paragraph (d)(4). ■ i. In the introductory text to paragraph (e), remove the text ‘‘the Inland River Vessel Movement Center’’ and add in its place the text ‘‘D9 CDCRU’’; ■ j. In paragraph (e), the introductory text to paragraphs (f) and (g), and the headings of Tables 165.921(f) and (g), remove the text ‘‘IRVMC’’ and add in its place the text ‘‘D9 CDCRU’’; ■ k. In paragraphs (f)(9) and (g)(4), remove the text ‘‘IRVMC’’ and add in its place the text ‘‘District Commander or designated representative’’; ■ l. In paragraph (i), remove the text ‘‘the IRVMC’’ and add in its place the text ‘‘designated representative’’. The revisions read as follows: ■ jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with RULES ■ VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:24 Dec 28, 2015 Jkt 238001 * * * * (b) Enforcement and applicability. (1) Beginning January 1, 2016, reporting requirements under this RNA will be enforced only when directed by the District Commander or designated representative under paragraphs (d)(1)(ix), (d)(2)(iv), (f)(9), and (g)(4) of this section. Reporting points as listed in paragraph (e) of this section may be used to determine and inform where reporting is required. Compliance under other parts of this section is stayed until a future date published in the Federal Register, if determined necessary. (2) This section applies to towing vessel operators and fleeting area managers responsible for CDC barges in the RNA. This section does not apply to: (i) Towing vessel operators responsible for barges not carrying CDCs barges, or (ii) Fleet tow boats moving one or more CDC barges within a fleeting area. * * * * * (d) * * * (4) When required, reports under this section must be made either by email at d09-smb-cdcru@uscg.mil or via phone or fax as provided in the notification as directed by the District Commander or designated representative through the D9 CDCRU. Notification of when and where reporting is required may be made through Marine Safety Information Bulletins, Notices of Enforcement, email and/or through industry outreach. At all other times, reporting under this section is not required and communications should be directed to the Captain of the Port. * * * * * Dated: December 22, 2015. J.E. Ryan, Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. 2015–32616 Filed 12–28–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 [Docket Number USCG–2015–1083] RIN 1625–AA00 Safety Zone; Closure of Morro Bay Harbor Bar Entrance; Morro Bay, CA AGENCY: PO 00000 Coast Guard, DHS. Frm 00031 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 ACTION: 81189 Temporary final rule. The Coast Guard proposes to establish a temporary safety zone in the navigable waters of the Morro Bay Harbor Entrance. This temporary safety zone is being established to reduce significant hazards subject to the vessels, the harbor, and the public during periods of poor weather conditions. This proposed rulemaking would prohibit persons and vessels from being in this temporary safety zone unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port, Los Angeles—Long Beach, or her designated representative. DATES: This rule is effective without actual notice from December 29, 2015 February 29, 2016 11:59 p.m. For the purposes of enforcement, actual notice will be used from 12:01 a.m. December 9, 2015, until December 29, 2015. The safety zone will only be enforced when the COTP or her designated representative deems it necessary because of hazardous, breaking, or rough bar conditions. ADDRESSES: To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to http:// www.regulations.gov, type USCG–2015– 1803 in the ‘‘SEARCH’’ box and click ‘‘SEARCH.’’ Click on Open Docket Folder on the line associated with this rule. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this rule, call or email LT Jevon James, Waterways Management, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles—Long Beach; telephone (310) 521–3860, email Jevon.L.James2@ uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Table of Abbreviations CFR Code of Federal Regulations DHS Department of Homeland Security E.O. Executive order FR Federal Register LLNR Light List Number NPRM Notice of proposed rulemaking Pub. L. Public Law § Section U.S.C. United States Code II. Background Information and Regulatory History The Coast Guard proposes to issue this temporary 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. E:\FR\FM\29DER1.SGM 29DER1

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 165

[Docket Number USCG-2013-0849]
RIN 1625-AA11


Regulated Navigation Area; Reporting Requirements for Barges 
Loaded With Certain Dangerous Cargoes, Illinois Waterway System Located 
Within the Ninth Coast Guard District; Expiration of Stay (Suspension) 
and Administrative Changes

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Interim rule; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: Through this interim rule, the Coast Guard is providing 
administrative changes to the existing reporting requirements under the 
Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) applicable to barges loaded with 
certain dangerous cargoes on the Illinois Waterway System in the Ninth 
District area of responsibility. The current stay of reporting 
requirements under the RNA is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2015. 
This interim rule limits the reporting requirements in that rule for an 
interim period while also requesting comments before proposing or 
finalizing any long term or permanent revisions to the existing 
reporting requirements.

DATES: This interim rule is effective beginning January 1, 2016. 
Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or 
before June 27, 2016. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for details on 
enforcement and compliance.

ADDRESSES: The docket for this interim rule and request for comments, 
[USCG-2013-0849], is available at http://www.regulations.gov. You may 
submit comments identified by docket number USCG-2013-0849 using the 
Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. See the 
``Public Participation and Request for Comments'' portion of the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for further instructions on 
submitting comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information about this document 
call or email CDR Dan Somma at dan.t.somma@uscg.mil or CDR Anthony 
Maffia at anthony.j.maffia@uscg.mil, or call the Coast Guard at 216-
902-6064.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Table of Abbreviations

CDC Certain Dangerous Cargo
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
DHS Department of Homeland Security
E.O. Executive order
FR Federal Register
IRVMC Inland River Vessel Movement Center
NPRM Notice of proposed rulemaking
Pub. L. Public Law
RNA Regulated navigation area
U.S.C. United States Code

II. Background Information and Regulatory History

    The reporting requirements under 33 CFR 165.921 ``Regulated 
Navigation Area; Reporting Requirements for Barges Loaded with Certain 
Dangerous Cargoes, Illinois Waterway System located within the Ninth 
Coast Guard District'' were initially suspended (``stayed'') in January 
2011 due to the expiration of the contract for the Inland River Vessel 
Movement Center (IRVMC). The IRVMC was the Coast Guard office 
responsible for collecting the information required by the regulated 
navigation area (RNA) at Sec.  165.921. Upon expiration of the contract 
for the IRVMC, the Coast Guard was not able to receive and process 
reports. Therefore, the suspension of reporting requirements was 
published in the Federal Register on January 10, 2011 and was due to 
expire on January 15, 2013 (76 FR 2829). On January 3, 2013, the Coast 
Guard extended the suspension through September 30, 2013 (78 FR 4788) 
and on October 1, 2013, the Coast Guard extended the suspension once 
again through December 31, 2015 (78 FR 61183).
    In January 2015 the Coast Guard published a final rule, titled 
Vessel Requirements for Notices of Arrival and Departure, and Automatic 
Identification System (80 FR 5282). This rule implemented new and 
updated Notices of Arrival reporting requirements under 33 CFR 160 
Subpart C by providing an exemption, at 33 CFR 160.204(a)(3) for any 
vessel required to report movements, its cargo, or the cargo in barges 
it is towing under 33 CFR 165.921 after December 31, 2015. This rule, 
which was initially proposed in 2008 before the RNA reporting 
requirements were suspended, relied on the existing reporting 
requirements at 33 CFR 165.921 to support the exemption. Starting on 
January 1, 2016, a vessel would only be eligible for the exemption if 
it is required to report its movements or cargo as specified in Sec.  
160.204(a)(3). This rule makes changes to limit the suspended reporting 
requirements, which would otherwise come into effect in full on January 
1, 2016.
    Also relevant to this interim rule and request for comments is the 
portion of 80 FR 5282 requiring that all vessels engaged in the 
movement of Certain Dangerous Cargos (CDC) have Class A Automatic 
Information System beginning in March 2016, pending Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) approval of a collection of information 
associated with that regulatory requirement. These AIS requirements 
provided under 33 CFR 164.46, if enforced, may provide an alternative 
method of reporting that could potentially satisfy the requirements 
under 33 CFR 165.921 and qualify these vessels for the 33 CFR 
160.204(a)(3) exemption. As indicated in the Federal Register 
publications establishing and extending the RNA suspension, during the 
suspension periods, the Coast Guard assessed whether to modify the 
reporting required under the RNA and potential suitable alternative 
Coast Guard offices and programs to receive and disseminate the 
reported information. The new Automatic Information System requirement, 
once in full effect, will still be assessed as a potential alternative 
reporting method. At this time, the Coast Guard has determined that 
using already-established Coast Guard offices and units centralized at 
the Ninth District level to receive required reports is the appropriate 
interim solution to resume the reporting requirements necessary for 
both maritime domain awareness and to satisfy the exemption in 33 CFR 
160.204(a)(3). This interim rule provides the necessary administrative 
changes to the existing reporting requirements, requiring reporting in 
a limited form while also requesting comments to better assess a 
potential permanent reporting system.

III. Legal Authority and Need for Rule

    The Coast Guard is issuing this interim rule to limit the RNA 
reporting requirements that will come into effect after December 31 
when the stay of Sec.  165.921 expires. This rule is necessary to stay 
compliance with certain provisions of the existing rule, and to make 
administrative changes replacing the references to IRVMC, which is no

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longer operational. The Coast Guard is issuing this rule under 
authority in 33 U.S.C. 1231, the same authority providing for the 
initial establishment of the RNA.
    The Coast Guard is issuing this interim rule without prior 
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 for several reasons. It is unnecessary to 
publish an NPRM because this interim rule makes only administrative 
changes to the existing RNA regulation under 33 CFR 165.921, and does 
not propose or establish new restrictions or requirements. This interim 
rule merely stays compliance with portions of an existing requirement, 
allowing select existing provisions to resume upon expiration of a stay 
in effect through December 31, 2015, and makes the administrative 
changes necessary to redirect reporting from the IRVMC to the District. 
Additionally, publishing an NPRM was impracticable because of the 
relatively short time between the publication of the Notices of Arrival 
final rule and the expiration of the stay, as well as the uncertain 
enforcement date of certain provisions of the Automatic Information 
System portion of that rule. These circumstances did not allow adequate 
time to develop an NPRM, solicit and consider public comment, and 
develop and publish a final rule before the expiration of the stay. 
Instead, the Coast Guard is soliciting public comment with this interim 
rule while it is in effect and while the AIS requirement will be in 
effect, if that information collection is approved by OMB, so that the 
public's experience with this interim rule and the AIS requirement can 
be reflected in public comments.
    This interim rule is effective January 1, 2016. We are making this 
rule effective in less than 30 days from the date of publication under 
the authority of 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(1) to the extent it relieves the 
reporting obligations that would otherwise come into effect upon the 
December 31, 2015 expiration of the stay, and under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3) 
because the Coast Guard finds that the imminent expiration of the stay 
constitutes good cause for forgoing the 30-day delay of effective date. 
Delaying the effective date of this interim rule to provide a 30 day 
notice would be impracticable and contrary to public interest because a 
January 1, 2016, effective date is necessary to avoid submission of 
reports to the IRVMC which is no longer in operation.

IV. Discussion of the Interim Rule

    The Coast Guard's suspension of reporting requirements under 33 CFR 
165.921 will expire as scheduled, in part, on December 31, 2015. On 
January 1, 2016, reporting requirements under 33 CFR 165.921 will 
become effective in a limited form. The Coast Guard is not reinstating 
reporting, 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, at 90-plus reporting 
points under the existing RNA currently published in the CFR. Under 
revisions made by this interim rule, reporting requirements will be 
enforced only when directed by the District Commander or a designated 
representative. This rule does not change the type of information to be 
reported.
    This interim rule makes administrative changes that remove or 
revise references to the IRVMC, as it is no longer operational, and 
replace them with the new Coast Guard office, the Ninth District CDC 
Reporting Unit (D9 CDCRU), which when activated will be responsible for 
collecting reported information. The entities required to report, and 
the information required, remain the same. However, reporting is 
required only as directed by the District Commander or a designated 
representative, based on assessment of prevailing safety and security 
conditions to ensure and enhance maritime domain awareness. In effect, 
the Coast Guard is allowing existing paragraphs (d)(1)(ix), (d)(2)(iv), 
(f)(9), and (g)(4) to come into effect, with administrative changes to 
accommodate the closure of IRVMC. We will continue to use the reporting 
points listed in paragraph (e) to describe where reporting is required. 
This rule ``stays'' (suspends) compliance with the other existing 
reporting requirements.
    The District Commander or designated representative will inform 
vessel operators and fleeting facilities when and where reporting is 
required, by using established coordination and communication 
mechanisms already in place and which are used to alert these same 
vessel operators and fleeting facilities of an increase in Maritime 
Security level. These notice mechanisms include, but are not limited 
to, coordination with industry trade organizations, Notices of 
Enforcement, Marine Safety Information Bulletins, and email 
notifications.
    Reports required under this RNA may be provided via email at d09-smb-cdcru@uscg.mil. Alternative reporting contact methods, including 
telephone and fax numbers, will be provided in the notification from 
the District Commander or designated representative. Additionally, 
paragraph (h) allows for alternative methods to be submitted for 
approval by the District Commander. These are the same type of 
reporting methods listed in the current RNA at 33 CFR 165.921(d)(4), 
however there will not be a dedicated web link. The information 
required to be reported is not changed by this interim rule.
    The Coast Guard chose to suspend, rather than remove, several 
paragraphs of the existing rule in order to evaluate their necessity 
and to retain the ability to reinstate them (using appropriate 
administrative processes) if necessary. All public comments are 
welcome, but we specifically solicit comment on the following: The 
appropriate type and frequency of reporting related to CDC barges in 
D9; the potential to use AIS to satisfy reporting goals; and the extent 
to which complying with the AIS rule would render this rule 
unnecessary.

V. Regulatory Analyses

    We developed this rule after considering numerous statutes and 
executive orders (E.O.s) related to rulemaking. Below we summarize our 
analyses based on a number of these statutes and E.O.s, and we discuss 
First Amendment rights of protestors.

A. Regulatory Planning and Review

    E.O.s 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess the costs and 
benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if regulation is 
necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize net benefits. 
E.O. 13563 emphasizes the importance of quantifying both costs and 
benefits, of reducing costs, of harmonizing rules, and of promoting 
flexibility. This rule has not been designated a ``significant 
regulatory action,'' under E.O. 12866. Accordingly, it has not been 
reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget.
    No new requirements are established or imposed by this rule. This 
interim rule suspends compliance with certain provisions of an existing 
regulation that will come into effect when the current stay expires on 
December 31, 2015 thereby continuing to relieve a reporting obligation 
while the Coast Guard solicits public comment regarding appropriate 
reporting. As a result, the currently-stayed requirement will resume 
only in a limited form. The rule also makes administrative changes 
affecting which Coast Guard entity directs and receives

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reporting. None of these changes will have a significant impact on 
regulated entities.

B. Impact on Small Entities

    The Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980, 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. While some owners or operators of vessels intending to 
transit the RNA may be small entities, for the reasons stated in 
section V.A above, this rule will not have a significant economic 
impact on any vessel owner or operator.
    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 
section.
    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.

C. Collection of Information

    This rule does not call for a new collection of information under 
the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520). The existing 
collection is approved by the Office of Management and Budget under OMB 
control number 1625-0105.

D. Federalism and Indian Tribal Governments

    A rule has implications for federalism under E.O. 13132, 
Federalism, if it has a substantial direct effect on the States, on the 
relationship between the national government and the States, or on the 
distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of 
government. We have analyzed this rule under that Order and have 
determined that it is consistent with the fundamental federalism 
principles and preemption requirements described in E.O. 13132.
    Also, this rule does not have tribal implications under E.O. 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. If you believe this rule has 
implications for federalism or Indian tribes, please contact the person 
listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section above.

E. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act

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

F. 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 (42 U.S.C. 4321-4370f), and have determined 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 
rule involves administrative changes to resuming reporting requirements 
in a limited form under an established RNA. It is categorically 
excluded from further review under paragraph 34(g) of Figure 2-1 of the 
Commandant Instruction. This interim rule limits the existing, 
suspended, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year reporting 
requirement throughout the entire RNA to require reporting only when 
and where directed by the District Commander, reducing the time frame 
and area that the reporting requirements are enforced. An environmental 
analysis checklist and categorical exclusion determination are not 
required. We seek any comments or information that may lead to the 
discovery of a significant environmental impact from this rule.

G. 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.

VI. Public Participation and Request for Comments

    We view public participation as essential, and will consider all 
comments and material received during the comment period. 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.
    We encourage you to submit comments through the Federal eRulemaking 
Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. If your material cannot be 
submitted using http://www.regulations.gov, contact the person in the 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document for alternate 
instructions.
    We accept anonymous comments. All comments received will be posted 
without change to http://www.regulations.gov and will include any 
personal information you have provided. For more about privacy and the 
docket, you may review a Privacy Act notice regarding the Federal 
Docket Management System in the March 24, 2005, issue of the Federal 
Register (70 FR 15086).
    Documents mentioned in this interim rule as being available in the 
docket, and all public comments, will be in our online docket at http://www.regulations.gov and can be viewed by following that Web site's 
instructions. Additionally, if you go to the online docket and sign up 
for email alerts, you will be notified when comments are posted or 
additional publications or supplemental information is provided.

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List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165

    Harbors, Marine safety, Navigation (water), Reporting and 
recordkeeping requirements, Security measures, and 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; 50 U.S.C. 191; 33 CFR 1.05-1, 6.04-1, 
6.04-6, and 160.5; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 
0170.1.


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2. In Sec.  165.921:
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a. Revise paragraph (b);
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b. In paragraph (c), remove the words ``Inland River Vessel Movement 
Center or (IRVMC)'' and add in their place the words ``Ninth District 
CDC Reporting Unit or (D9 CDCRU)'';
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c. In paragraph (d) introductory text, remove the words ``Inland River 
Vessel Movement Center (IRVMC)'' and add in their place the words 
``Ninth District CDC Reporting Unit Eighth District (D9 CDCRU)'';
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d. In paragraph (d)(1) introductory text and in paragraph (d)(1)(ii), 
remove the text ``IRVMC'' and add, in its place, the text ``D9 CDCRU'';
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e. In paragraph (d)(1)(ix), remove the text ``IRVMC'' and add in its 
place the text ``District Commander or designated representative'';
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f. In paragraph (d)(2) introductory text, remove the text ``IRVMC'' and 
add in its place the text ``D9 CDCRU'';
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g. In paragraph (d)(2)(iv), remove the text ``IRVMC'' and add in its 
place the text ``District Commander or designated representative'';
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h. Revise paragraph (d)(4).
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i. In the introductory text to paragraph (e), remove the text ``the 
Inland River Vessel Movement Center'' and add in its place the text 
``D9 CDCRU'';
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j. In paragraph (e), the introductory text to paragraphs (f) and (g), 
and the headings of Tables 165.921(f) and (g), remove the text 
``IRVMC'' and add in its place the text ``D9 CDCRU'';
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k. In paragraphs (f)(9) and (g)(4), remove the text ``IRVMC'' and add 
in its place the text ``District Commander or designated 
representative'';
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l. In paragraph (i), remove the text ``the IRVMC'' and add in its place 
the text ``designated representative''.
    The revisions read as follows:


Sec.  165.921  Regulated Navigation Area; Reporting Requirements for 
Barges Loaded with Certain Dangerous Cargoes, Illinois Waterway System 
located within the Ninth Coast Guard District.

* * * * *
    (b) Enforcement and applicability. (1) Beginning January 1, 2016, 
reporting requirements under this RNA will be enforced only when 
directed by the District Commander or designated representative under 
paragraphs (d)(1)(ix), (d)(2)(iv), (f)(9), and (g)(4) of this section. 
Reporting points as listed in paragraph (e) of this section may be used 
to determine and inform where reporting is required. Compliance under 
other parts of this section is stayed until a future date published in 
the Federal Register, if determined necessary.
    (2) This section applies to towing vessel operators and fleeting 
area managers responsible for CDC barges in the RNA. This section does 
not apply to:
    (i) Towing vessel operators responsible for barges not carrying 
CDCs barges, or
    (ii) Fleet tow boats moving one or more CDC barges within a 
fleeting area.
* * * * *
    (d) * * *
    (4) When required, reports under this section must be made either 
by email at d09-smb-cdcru@uscg.mil or via phone or fax as provided in 
the notification as directed by the District Commander or designated 
representative through the D9 CDCRU. Notification of when and where 
reporting is required may be made through Marine Safety Information 
Bulletins, Notices of Enforcement, email and/or through industry 
outreach. At all other times, reporting under this section is not 
required and communications should be directed to the Captain of the 
Port.
* * * * *

    Dated: December 22, 2015.
J.E. Ryan,
Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District.
[FR Doc. 2015-32616 Filed 12-28-15; 8:45 am]
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