Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Keweenaw Waterway, Houghton and Hancock, MI, 66808-66810 [2016-23576]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with RULES 66808 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 189 / Thursday, September 29, 2016 / Rules and Regulations 25, 2016, through July 29, 2016; August 1, 2016, through August 5, 2016; September 5, 2016, through September 9, 2016; September 12, 2016, through September 16, 2016; and alternative dates from September 19, 2016, through September 23, 2016; and September 26, 2016, through September 30, 2016. The bridge would open for vessels on signal during scheduled closure periods, if at least 24 hours notice was given. The Virginia Department of Transportation, who owns and operates the SR 156/Benjamin Harrison Memorial Bridge, has requested a modified temporary deviation from the currently published deviation to extend the deviation timeframe to facilitate replacement of the service elevators for both lift towers, install new electrical wiring, bird screens, and structural steel of the bridge. The current operating schedule is open on signal as set out in 33 CFR 117.5. This modified temporary deviation serves to replace the previous temporary deviation in the Federal Register (81 FR 49898), immediately upon its publication into the Federal Register. Under this modified temporary deviation, the bridge will be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position from 8 p.m. through 6 a.m.; Monday through Friday; October 3, 2016, through October 7, 2016; October 10, 2016, through October 14, 2016; October 17, 2016, through October 21, 2016; and October 24, 2016, through October 28, 2016. The bridge will open for vessels on signal during scheduled closure periods, if at least 10 hours notice is given. The bridge is a vertical lift drawbridge and has a vertical clearance in the closed position of 50 feet above mean high water. The James River is used by a variety of vessels including deep-draft vessels, tug and barge traffic, and recreational vessels. The Coast Guard has carefully coordinated the restrictions with waterway users in publishing this temporary deviation. Vessels able to pass through the bridge in the closed-to-navigation position may do so at anytime. The bridge will be able to open for emergencies during scheduled closure periods, if at least 30 minutes notice is given. There is no immediate alternative route for vessels unable to pass through the bridge in the closed position. The Coast Guard will also inform the users of the waterways through our Local and Broadcast Notices to Mariners of the change in operating schedule for the bridge so that vessel operators can arrange their transit to minimize any impact caused by the temporary deviation. VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:57 Sep 28, 2016 Jkt 238001 In accordance with 33 CFR 117.35(e), the drawbridge must return to its regular operating schedule immediately at the end of the effective period of this temporary deviation. This deviation from the operating regulations is authorized under 33 CFR 117.35. Dated: September 22, 2016. Hal R. Pitts, Bridge Program Manager, Fifth Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. 2016–23508 Filed 9–28–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 117 [Docket No. USCG–2016–0868] Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Inner Harbor Navigation Canal, New Orleans, LA Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of deviation from drawbridge regulations. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Leon C. Simon Blvd. (Seabrook) (aka Senator Ted Hickey) bascule bridge across the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal, mile 4.6, at New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana. The deviation is necessary to accommodate The Endurance Foundation Festival, a New Orleans event. This deviation allows the bridge to remain closed-to-navigation for a eight hours on the day of the event. DATES: This deviation is effective from October 2, 2016 from 7 a.m. through 3 p.m. ADDRESSES: The docket for this deviation, [USCG–2016–0868] is available at http://www.regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this temporary deviation, call or email Donna Gagliano, Bridge Administration Branch, Coast Guard, telephone (504) 671–2128, email Donna.Gagliano@uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Premier Event Management, through the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LDOTD), requested a temporary deviation from the operating schedule of the Leon C. Simon Blvd. (Seabrook) (aka Senator Ted Hickey) bascule bridge across the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal, mile 4.6, at New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana. The deviation was requested to accommodate The Endurance SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Foundation Festival, a New Orleans event. The vertical clearance of the Leon C. Simon Blvd. (Seabrook) (aka Senator Ted Hickey) bascule bridge is 46 feet above mean high water in the closed-tonavigation position and unlimited in the open-to-navigation position. The bridge is governed by 33 CFR 117.458(c). This deviation is effective on October 2, 2016. The bridge over the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal will be closed to marine traffic from 7 a.m. through 3 p.m. This deviation allows the bridge to remain closed-to-navigation for the duration of the event. Navigation on the waterway consists of small tugs with and without tows, commercial vessels, and recreational craft, including sailboats. Vessels able to pass through the bridge in the closed-to-navigation position may do so at anytime. The bridge will be able to open for emergencies, and there is no immediate alternate route. The Coast Guard will also inform the users of the waterways through our Local and Broadcast Notices to Mariners of the change in operating schedule for the bridge to minimize any impact caused by the temporary deviation. In accordance with 33 CFR 117.35(e), the drawbridge must return to its regular operating schedule immediately at the end of the effective period of this temporary deviation. This deviation from the operating regulations is authorized under 33 CFR 117.35. Dated: September 23, 2016. David M. Frank, Bridge Administrator, Eighth Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. 2016–23507 Filed 9–28–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 117 [Docket No. USCG–2016–0582] RIN 1625–AA09 Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Keweenaw Waterway, Houghton and Hancock, MI Coast Guard, DHS. Final rule. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard is modifying the operating schedule for the US41 bridge, mile 16.0 over the Keweenaw Waterway, between the towns of Houghton and Hancock, Michigan. The use of the waterway has changed and SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\29SER1.SGM 29SER1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 189 / Thursday, September 29, 2016 / Rules and Regulations this rule will modify the schedule that has been in place for approximately 31 years. DATES: This rule is effective October 31, 2016. ADDRESSES: To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to http:// www.regulations.gov, type USCG–2016– 0582. In the ‘‘SEARCH’’ box and click ‘‘SEARCH.’’ Click on Open Docket Folder on the line associated with this rulemaking. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this rule, call or email Mr. Lee D. Soule, Bridge Management Specialist, Ninth Coast Guard District; telephone 216–902– 6085, email Lee.D.Soule@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 MDOT Michigan Department of Transportation NEPA National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 NPRM Notice of proposed rulemaking RFA Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 SNPRM Supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking Pub. L. Public Law § Section U.S.C. United States Code mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with RULES II. Background Information and Regulatory History On July 25, 2016, we published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) entitled, Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Keweenaw Waterway, Houghton and Hancock, MI, in the Federal Register (81 FR 48369). We did not receive any comments on this proposed rule. III. Legal Authority and Need for Rule The Coast Guard is issuing this rule under authority 33 U.S.C. 499. MDOT requested to change the operating schedule of the US41 (HoughtonHancock) bridge (33 CFR 117.635). The US41 bridge is the only crossing over the Keweenaw Waterway and connects the towns of Houghton and Hancock, Michigan. The current operating schedule has been in place for approximately 31 years and the use of the waterway has changed significantly, prompting the request to modify the current regulation to reflect current needs of navigation. Keweenaw Peninsula is the northernmost part of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula projecting into Lake Superior. The Keweenaw Waterway runs northwesterly to southeasterly and VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:57 Sep 28, 2016 Jkt 238001 separates the peninsula from the mainland making the US41 bridge the only bridge crossing for residents and visitors to the peninsula. The Keweenaw Waterway is used by recreational, commercial, inspected and uninspected passenger, and towing vessels. The US41 bridge is a vertical lift type drawbridge and provides a horizontal clearance of 250 feet, a vertical clearance of 103 feet in the fully open position, a vertical clearance of 7 feet in the closed position, and a vertical clearance of 35 feet in the intermediate position. The US41 bridge is a bi-level bridge originally designed with the upper level providing access for automobiles and the lower level providing access for rail, oversized vehicles, and snowmobiles. The rail service to the peninsula has been discontinued and oversized vehicles must provide advance notice to the state before traveling over the road to the peninsula. Most recreational and commercial vessel traffic, including passenger vessel services, end prior to November 15 each year and do not resume services until after May 7 due to the formation of ice in the waterway. Large commercial freighter vessels do not routinely pass through the Keweenaw Waterway. MDOT requested to remove bridgetenders between the hours of midnight and 4:00 a.m. each day and operate the bridge if at least 2-hours advance notice is provided between those hours during the navigation season. The table below shows total bridge opening data provided by MDOT, from April 16 to December 14, between the hours of midnight and 4 a.m., for the past 6 years. Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Openings .......................................... .......................................... .......................................... .......................................... .......................................... .......................................... 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 4 6 6 10 7 6 PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Based on the bridge opening data provided by MDOT, only one year (2013) resulted in more than 7 openings, or an average of one opening per month, between the hours of midnight and 4:00 a.m. between mid-April and midDecember, during the past 6 years. This rule will allow the bridge to operate with at least a 2-hour advance notice for openings from April 15 through December 15 between the hours of midnight and 4 a.m. During these hours no bridgetender will be required at the bridge. The bridge will be placed in the intermediate position during this 4-hour time period providing a vertical clearance of 35 feet. Vessels requiring a full bridge opening will still be able to obtain an opening with a 2-hour advance notice. Vessels may also go around the peninsula to avoid passing through the bridge. Based on the bridge opening data provided by MDOT, only one year (2013) resulted in more than one bridge opening for the entire period between mid-December and mid-April during the past 6 years. The standard advance notice time applied to most drawbridges in the Great Lakes during the nonnavigation season is 12-hours advance notice. This rule will allow the bridge to operate with at least 12-hour advance notice for openings from December 15 through April 15. During these dates no bridgetender will be required at the bridge. Vessels may also go around the peninsula to avoid passing under the bridge. The Coast Guard provided a comment period of 30 days and did not receive any comments. We developed this rule after considering numerous statutes and Executive Orders related to rulemaking. Below we summarize our analyses based on a number of these statutes and Executive Orders, and we discuss First Amendment rights of protesters. A. Regulatory Planning and Review Openings .......................................... .......................................... .......................................... .......................................... .......................................... IV. Discussion of Comments, Changes and the Final Rule V. Regulatory Analyses The current regulation also requires the bridge to operate with a 24-hour advance notice for openings from January 1 through March 15 each year. The table below shows the total bridge opening data provided by MDOT, between December 15 and April 15, for the past 5 years. Year 66809 0 1 5 0 0 Executive Orders 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. Executive Order 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 Executive Order 12866. E:\FR\FM\29SER1.SGM 29SER1 66810 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 189 / Thursday, September 29, 2016 / Rules and Regulations question or complain about this rule or any policy or action of the Coast Guard. B. Impact on Small Entities mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with RULES Accordingly, it has not been reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget. This regulatory action determination is based on the ability that vessels can still transit the bridge given advanced notice during times when vessel traffic is at its lowest. D. Federalism and Indian Tribal Government 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 rule under that Order and have determined that it is consistent with the fundamental federalism principles and preemption requirements described in Executive Order 13132. Also, this 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. 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 did not receive any comments from the Small Business Administration on this rule. The Coast Guard certifies under 5 U.S.C. 605(b) that this rule would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. This rule would not have a significant economic impact on any vessel owner or operator because the bridges will open with advance notice during low traffic times on the waterway or when ice conditions hinder normal navigation. While some owners or operators of vessels intending to transit the bridges may be small entities, for the reasons stated in section V.A above, this rule would 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, above. Small businesses may send comments on the actions of Federal employees who enforce, or otherwise determine compliance with, Federal regulations to the Small Business and Agriculture Regulatory Enforcement Ombudsman and the Regional Small Business Regulatory Fairness Boards. The Ombudsman evaluates these actions annually and rates each agency’s responsiveness to small business. If you wish to comment on actions by employees of the Coast Guard, call 1–888–REG–FAIR (1–888– 734–3247). The Coast Guard will not retaliate against small entities that VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:57 Sep 28, 2016 Jkt 238001 C. Collection of Information This rule calls for no new collection of information under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501– 3520). figure 2–1, paragraph (32)(e), of the Instruction. Under figure 2–1, paragraph (32)(e), of the Instruction, an environmental analysis checklist and a categorical exclusion determination are not required for 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 117 Bridges. For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 33 CFR part 117 as follows: PART 117—DRAWBRIDGE OPERATION REGULATIONS 1. The authority citation for part 117 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 33 U.S.C. 499; 33 CFR 1.05–1; and Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1. ■ 2. Revise § 117.635 to read as follows: § 117.635 Keweenaw Waterway. 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. The draw of the US41 bridge, mile 16.0 between Houghton and Hancock, shall open on signal; except that from April 15 through December 14, between midnight and 4 a.m., the draw shall be placed in the intermediate position and open on signal if at least 2 hours notice is given. From December 15 through April 14 the draw shall open on signal if at least 12 hours notice is given. F. Environment We have analyzed this rule under Department of Homeland Security Management Directive 023–01 and Commandant Instruction M16475.lD, which guides the Coast Guard in complying with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321–4370f), and have made a determination that this action is one of a category of actions which do not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment. This rule simply promulgates the operating regulations or procedures for drawbridges. This action is categorically excluded from further review, under [FR Doc. 2016–23576 Filed 9–28–16; 8:45 am] PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Dated: September 15, 2016. J.E. Ryan, Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District. BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 [Docket No. USCG–2016–0825] RIN 1625–AA00 Safety Zone: Monte Foundation Fireworks Extravaganza, Capitola, CA Coast Guard, DHS. Temporary final rule. AGENCY: ACTION: E:\FR\FM\29SER1.SGM 29SER1

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 117

[Docket No. USCG-2016-0582]
RIN 1625-AA09


Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Keweenaw Waterway, Houghton and 
Hancock, MI

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is modifying the operating schedule for the 
US41 bridge, mile 16.0 over the Keweenaw Waterway, between the towns of 
Houghton and Hancock, Michigan. The use of the waterway has changed and

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this rule will modify the schedule that has been in place for 
approximately 31 years.

DATES: This rule is effective October 31, 2016.

ADDRESSES:  To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being 
available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov, type USCG-
2016-0582. In the ``SEARCH'' box and click ``SEARCH.'' Click on Open 
Docket Folder on the line associated with this rulemaking.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this rule, 
call or email Mr. Lee D. Soule, Bridge Management Specialist, Ninth 
Coast Guard District; telephone 216-902-6085, email 
Lee.D.Soule@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
MDOT Michigan Department of Transportation
NEPA National Environmental Policy Act of 1969
NPRM Notice of proposed rulemaking
RFA Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980
SNPRM Supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking
Pub. L. Public Law
Sec.  Section
U.S.C. United States Code

II. Background Information and Regulatory History

    On July 25, 2016, we published a notice of proposed rulemaking 
(NPRM) entitled, Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Keweenaw Waterway, 
Houghton and Hancock, MI, in the Federal Register (81 FR 48369). We did 
not receive any comments on this proposed rule.

III. Legal Authority and Need for Rule

    The Coast Guard is issuing this rule under authority 33 U.S.C. 499. 
MDOT requested to change the operating schedule of the US41 (Houghton-
Hancock) bridge (33 CFR 117.635). The US41 bridge is the only crossing 
over the Keweenaw Waterway and connects the towns of Houghton and 
Hancock, Michigan. The current operating schedule has been in place for 
approximately 31 years and the use of the waterway has changed 
significantly, prompting the request to modify the current regulation 
to reflect current needs of navigation.
    Keweenaw Peninsula is the northernmost part of Michigan's Upper 
Peninsula projecting into Lake Superior. The Keweenaw Waterway runs 
northwesterly to southeasterly and separates the peninsula from the 
mainland making the US41 bridge the only bridge crossing for residents 
and visitors to the peninsula.
    The Keweenaw Waterway is used by recreational, commercial, 
inspected and uninspected passenger, and towing vessels. The US41 
bridge is a vertical lift type drawbridge and provides a horizontal 
clearance of 250 feet, a vertical clearance of 103 feet in the fully 
open position, a vertical clearance of 7 feet in the closed position, 
and a vertical clearance of 35 feet in the intermediate position. The 
US41 bridge is a bi-level bridge originally designed with the upper 
level providing access for automobiles and the lower level providing 
access for rail, oversized vehicles, and snowmobiles.
    The rail service to the peninsula has been discontinued and 
oversized vehicles must provide advance notice to the state before 
traveling over the road to the peninsula. Most recreational and 
commercial vessel traffic, including passenger vessel services, end 
prior to November 15 each year and do not resume services until after 
May 7 due to the formation of ice in the waterway. Large commercial 
freighter vessels do not routinely pass through the Keweenaw Waterway.
    MDOT requested to remove bridgetenders between the hours of 
midnight and 4:00 a.m. each day and operate the bridge if at least 2-
hours advance notice is provided between those hours during the 
navigation season. The table below shows total bridge opening data 
provided by MDOT, from April 16 to December 14, between the hours of 
midnight and 4 a.m., for the past 6 years.

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                            Year                               Openings
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2010.......................................................            4
2011.......................................................            6
2012.......................................................            6
2013.......................................................           10
2014.......................................................            7
2015.......................................................            6
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    The current regulation also requires the bridge to operate with a 
24-hour advance notice for openings from January 1 through March 15 
each year. The table below shows the total bridge opening data provided 
by MDOT, between December 15 and April 15, for the past 5 years.

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                            Year                               Openings
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2011.......................................................            0
2012.......................................................            1
2013.......................................................            5
2014.......................................................            0
2015.......................................................            0
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IV. Discussion of Comments, Changes and the Final Rule

    Based on the bridge opening data provided by MDOT, only one year 
(2013) resulted in more than 7 openings, or an average of one opening 
per month, between the hours of midnight and 4:00 a.m. between mid-
April and mid-December, during the past 6 years. This rule will allow 
the bridge to operate with at least a 2-hour advance notice for 
openings from April 15 through December 15 between the hours of 
midnight and 4 a.m. During these hours no bridgetender will be required 
at the bridge. The bridge will be placed in the intermediate position 
during this 4-hour time period providing a vertical clearance of 35 
feet. Vessels requiring a full bridge opening will still be able to 
obtain an opening with a 2-hour advance notice. Vessels may also go 
around the peninsula to avoid passing through the bridge.
    Based on the bridge opening data provided by MDOT, only one year 
(2013) resulted in more than one bridge opening for the entire period 
between mid-December and mid-April during the past 6 years. The 
standard advance notice time applied to most drawbridges in the Great 
Lakes during the non-navigation season is 12-hours advance notice. This 
rule will allow the bridge to operate with at least 12-hour advance 
notice for openings from December 15 through April 15. During these 
dates no bridgetender will be required at the bridge. Vessels may also 
go around the peninsula to avoid passing under the bridge.
    The Coast Guard provided a comment period of 30 days and did not 
receive any comments.

V. Regulatory Analyses

    We developed this rule after considering numerous statutes and 
Executive Orders related to rulemaking. Below we summarize our analyses 
based on a number of these statutes and Executive Orders, and we 
discuss First Amendment rights of protesters.

A. Regulatory Planning and Review

    Executive Orders 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. Executive Order 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 Executive Order 12866.

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Accordingly, it has not been reviewed by the Office of Management and 
Budget.
    This regulatory action determination is based on the ability that 
vessels can still transit the bridge given advanced notice during times 
when vessel traffic is at its lowest.

B. 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 did not receive any comments from the Small 
Business Administration on this rule. The Coast Guard certifies under 5 
U.S.C. 605(b) that this rule would not have a significant economic 
impact on a substantial number of small entities. This rule would not 
have a significant economic impact on any vessel owner or operator 
because the bridges will open with advance notice during low traffic 
times on the waterway or when ice conditions hinder normal navigation.
    While some owners or operators of vessels intending to transit the 
bridges may be small entities, for the reasons stated in section V.A 
above, this rule would 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, 
above. Small businesses may send comments on the actions of Federal 
employees who enforce, or otherwise determine compliance with, Federal 
regulations to the Small Business and Agriculture Regulatory 
Enforcement Ombudsman and the Regional Small Business Regulatory 
Fairness Boards. The Ombudsman evaluates these actions annually and 
rates each agency's responsiveness to small business. If you wish to 
comment on actions by employees of the Coast Guard, call 1-888-REG-FAIR 
(1-888-734-3247). The Coast Guard will not retaliate against small 
entities that question or complain about this rule or any policy or 
action of the Coast Guard.

C. Collection of Information

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

D. Federalism and Indian Tribal Government

    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 rule under that Order and have 
determined that it is consistent with the fundamental federalism 
principles and preemption requirements described in Executive Order 
13132.
    Also, this 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.

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 
guides the Coast Guard in complying with the National Environmental 
Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321-4370f), and have made a 
determination that this action is one of a category of actions which do 
not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human 
environment. This rule simply promulgates the operating regulations or 
procedures for drawbridges. This action is categorically excluded from 
further review, under figure 2-1, paragraph (32)(e), of the 
Instruction.
    Under figure 2-1, paragraph (32)(e), of the Instruction, an 
environmental analysis checklist and a categorical exclusion 
determination are not required for 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 117

    Bridges.

    For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 
33 CFR part 117 as follows:

PART 117--DRAWBRIDGE OPERATION REGULATIONS

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1. The authority citation for part 117 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 33 U.S.C. 499; 33 CFR 1.05-1; and Department of 
Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1.


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2. Revise Sec.  117.635 to read as follows:


Sec.  117.635  Keweenaw Waterway.

    The draw of the US41 bridge, mile 16.0 between Houghton and 
Hancock, shall open on signal; except that from April 15 through 
December 14, between midnight and 4 a.m., the draw shall be placed in 
the intermediate position and open on signal if at least 2 hours notice 
is given. From December 15 through April 14 the draw shall open on 
signal if at least 12 hours notice is given.

    Dated: September 15, 2016.
J.E. Ryan,
Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District.
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