Safety Zone; Hudson River, Anchorage Ground 19-W, 6181-6183 [2016-02276]

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 24 (Friday, February 5, 2016)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 6181-6183]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-02276]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 165

[Docket Number USCG-2016-0028]
RIN 1625-AA00


Safety Zone; Hudson River, Anchorage Ground 19-W

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Temporary final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone in the 
waters of the Hudson River in the vicinity of Anchorage Ground 19-W. 
This zone is intended to restrict vessels from a portion of the Hudson 
River due to the presence of a dielectric oil leak from a submerged 
power cable, and the hazards associated with the cable repair vessels. 
This temporary safety zone is necessary to protect people and vessels 
from the hazards associated with this event. Entry of vessels or 
persons into this zone is prohibited unless specifically authorized by 
the Captain of the Port New York.

DATES: This rule is effective without actual notice from February 5, 
2016 through July 9, 2016. For the purposes of enforcement, actual 
notice will be used from January 12, 2016 through February 5, 2016.

ADDRESSES: To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being 
available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov, type USCG-
2016-0028 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 Petty Officer Kristina Pundt, Waterways Management 
Division, U.S. Coast Guard Sector New York; telephone 718-354-4352, 
email Kristina.H.Pundt@uscg.mil.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Table of Abbreviations

CFR Code of Federal Regulations
DHS Department of Homeland Security
E.O. Executive order
FR Federal Register
NPRM Notice of proposed rulemaking
Pub. L. Public Law
Sec.  Section
U.S.C. United States Code

II. Background Information and Regulatory History

    The Coast Guard is issuing 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. 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 because doing so would be impracticable. The 
Coast Guard received notification of the dielectric oil release from a 
submerged power cable on January 2, 2016. Thus, waiting for a notice 
and comment period to run would inhibit the Coast Guard from protecting 
the public and vessels from the possible hazards associated with this 
dielectric oil leak and the hazards associated with the cable repairs.
    We are issuing this rule, and under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), the Coast 
Guard finds that good cause exists for making it effective less than 30 
days after publication in the Federal Register. For the same reasons 
discussed in the preceding paragraph, waiting for a 30 day notice 
period to run would be impracticable and contrary to the public 
interest.

III. Legal Authority and Need for Rule

    The Coast Guard is issuing this rule under authority in 33 U.S.C. 
1231, 33 CFR 1.05-1 and 160.5; and Department of Homeland Security 
Delegation No. 0170.1. The Captain of the Port New York (COTP) has 
determined that a temporary safety zone is necessary to ensure the 
safety of vessels from the hazards associated with this dielectric oil 
leak and power cable repairs.
    Establishing a safety zone to control vessel movements around the 
location of the dielectric oil leak will help ensure the safety of 
persons and property during assessment and response activities and help 
minimize the associated risks. Therefore, this rule will remain in 
effect for the time stated herein but will be cancelled if response 
activities are finished cease before July 9, 2016. The preliminary 
estimate for completion of the clean-up and cable repairs is February 
11, 2016. This TFR provides for an extended enforcement period in case 
of unforeseen circumstances that prevent the contractors from 
completing the repairs within their initial estimated timeline.

IV. Discussion of the Rule

    This rule establishes a safety zone from January 12, 2016 through 
July 9, 2016. The safety zone will cover all navigable waters of 
Anchorage Ground 19-W and the Hudson River within an area approximately 
870-930 yards wide and 1,330-1,335 yards long near Edgewater, NJ.
    Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone is 
prohibited unless authorized by the COTP or a designated 
representative. Vessel operators must contact the COTP or an on-scene 
representative to obtain permission to transit through this safety 
zone. The COTP or an on-scene representative may be contacted by VHF 
Channel 16.

V. Regulatory Analyses

    We developed this rule after considering numerous statutes and 
E.O.s related to rulemaking. Below we summarize our analyses based on 
these

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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.
    We conclude that this rule is not a significant regulatory action 
because we anticipate that it will have minimal impact on the economy, 
will not interfere with other agencies, and will not adversely alter 
the budget of any grant or loan recipients. Vessel traffic will be able 
to safely transit around this safety zone. This safety zone only 
affects a small-designated area of the Hudson River waterway for a 
relatively short duration. Moreover, the Coast Guard will issue 
Broadcast Notice to Mariners via VHF-FM marine channel 16.

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 
safety zone 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 will not call for a new collection of information under 
the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520).

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 the establishment of a safety zone for approximately 30 
days that will prohibit entry within the dielectric oil spill, cleanup, 
and power cable repair area, and is therefore categorically excluded 
from further review under paragraph 34(g) of Figure 2-1 of the 
Commandant Instruction. An environmental analysis checklist supporting 
this determination and a Categorical Exclusion Determination will be 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 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.

List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165

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

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

PART 165--REGULATED NAVIGATION AREAS AND LIMITED ACCESS AREAS

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

    Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1231; 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. Add Sec.  165.T01-0028 to read as follows:

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Sec.  165.T01-0028  Safety Zone: Hudson River, Anchorage Ground 19-W.

    (a) Location. The following area is a temporary safety zone: All 
U.S. navigable waters of the Hudson River bound by the following 
points: 40[deg]48'56.00'' N., 073[deg]58'47.08'' W.; thence to 
40[deg]48'42.96'' N., 073[deg]58'15.00'' W.; thence to 
40[deg]48'08.04'' N., 073[deg]58'38.82'' W.; thence to 
40[deg]48'19.84'' N., 073[deg]59'09.31'' W., thence along the western 
shoreline to the point of origin. All coordinates are North American 
Datum 1983 (NAD 83).
    (b) Enforcement period. The safety zone described in paragraph (a) 
of this section will be enforced from January 12, 2016 until July 9, 
2016, unless terminated sooner by the COTP.
    (c) Regulations. (1) In accordance with the general regulations in 
33 CFR 165.23, entry into, transiting, or anchoring within this safety 
zone is prohibited unless authorized by the COTP or his designated on 
scene representative.
    (2) A ``on-scene representative'' of the COTP is any Coast Guard 
commissioned, warrant or petty officer or a Federal, State or local law 
enforcement officer designated by or assisting the COTP to act on his 
behalf.
    (3) Vessel operators must contact the COTP via the Command Center 
to obtain permission to enter or operate within the safety zone. The 
COTP may be contacted via VHF Channel 16 or at (718) 354-4353. Vessel 
operators given permission to enter or operate within the safety zone 
must comply with all directions given to them by the COTP, via the 
Command Center or an on-scene representative.

    Dated: January 12, 2016.
M.H. Day,
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port New York.
[FR Doc. 2016-02276 Filed 2-4-16; 8:45 am]
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