Port Access Route Study: In the Chukchi Sea, Bering Strait and Bering Sea, 11935 [2017-03771]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 37 / Monday, February 27, 2017 / Notices 93.846–93.878, 93.892, 93.893, National Institutes of Health, HHS) Dated: February 21, 2017. Michelle Trout, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy. [FR Doc. 2017–03708 Filed 2–24–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard [Docket No. USCG–2014–0941] Port Access Route Study: In the Chukchi Sea, Bering Strait and Bering Sea Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of study availability; request for comment. AGENCY: ACTION: The Seventeenth Coast Guard District has concluded the Port Access Route Study (PARS) of the Chukchi Sea, Bering Strait and Bering Sea and announces the availability of the report. The Coast Guard is also requesting comments on the preliminary findings contained in the report. Any comments received will be reviewed and considered as the Coast Guard deliberates advancing the recommendations from this study forward into a domestic rulemaking or international agreement. DATES: Comments must be submitted to the online docket via http:// www.regulations.gov, or reach the Docket Management Facility, on or before May 30, 2017. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG– 2014–0941 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. SUMMARY: For information about this document call or email Mr. David Seris, Seventeenth Coast Guard District, telephone (907) 463–2267, email David.M.Seris@ uscg.mil, or LT Kody Stitz, Seventeenth Coast Guard District, telephone (907) 463–2270; email Kody.J.Stitz@uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Public Participation and Comments We encourage you to submit comments (or related material) on this notice of study availability. We will VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:23 Feb 24, 2017 Jkt 241001 consider all submissions and may adjust our final action based on your comments. If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this notice, 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. Documents mentioned in this notice and all public comments, are 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 a final rule is published. 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). Viewing Documents and Comments The final report and all public comments are in our online docket at http://www.regulations.gov and can be viewed by following that Web site’s instructions. The digital size of the final report is in excess of 100 MB which may prevent some people from being able to download and view it. For those unable to download the digital file at http:// www.regulations.gov, please contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section to request a digital file or a printed copy of the report. Discussion The Coast Guard announced a port access route study of the Bering Strait in the Federal Register on November 8, 2010 (75 FR 68568). The purpose of the PARS was to solicit public comments on whether a vessel routing system was needed and if it could increase vessel safety in the area. At that time the Coast Guard did not propose a specific vessel routing system, but instead sought more general comments about whether a vessel routing system was needed or advisable in the study area. The Coast Guard received twenty five comments, PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11935 and after reviewing them, determined that a specific vessel route needed to be proposed so more specific comments and concerns could be gathered and evaluated before determining if a routing system would be beneficial. The Coast Guard further determined that the study area should include a larger geographic area than was initially studied before finalizing the study and publishing the results. On December 5, 2014 the Coast Guard announced via the Federal Register (79 FR 72157) its intent to continue the PARS started in 2010 by expanding the study area to include most of the Bering Sea, proposing a two-way route as a vessel routing system and requesting additional public comments. The Coast Guard’s goal of the study remained the same in that the study was focused on gathering factual and relevant information to aid the Coast Guard in reducing the risk of marine casualties and increasing the efficiency of vessel traffic in the region. The Coast Guard received twenty nine comments in response to this request for comment and after reviewing them, developed the PARS report. The preliminary findings in this report include some changes to previous proposals on which the Coast Guard solicited comments. Additional waypoints have been added to the proposed route, and Areas to Be Avoided (ATBA’s) have been proposed as additional routing measures. Upon review of any public comments received in response to this notice of study availability, the Coast Guard may adjust the proposed route and ATBAs accordingly before submitting a final proposal to the International Maritime Organization for formal adoption. This notice is issued under authority of 33 U.S.C 1223(c) and 5 U.S.C. 552(a). Dated: January 17, 2017. M. F. McAllister, Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Seventeenth Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. 2017–03771 Filed 2–24–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Docket No. FR–6000–FA–06] Announcement of Funding Awards for HUD’s Fiscal Year 2016 Community Compass Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Program Office of the Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development, HUD. ACTION: Notice of funding awards. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\27FEN1.SGM 27FEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

[Docket No. USCG-2014-0941]


Port Access Route Study: In the Chukchi Sea, Bering Strait and 
Bering Sea

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Notice of study availability; request for comment.

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SUMMARY: The Seventeenth Coast Guard District has concluded the Port 
Access Route Study (PARS) of the Chukchi Sea, Bering Strait and Bering 
Sea and announces the availability of the report. The Coast Guard is 
also requesting comments on the preliminary findings contained in the 
report. Any comments received will be reviewed and considered as the 
Coast Guard deliberates advancing the recommendations from this study 
forward into a domestic rulemaking or international agreement.

DATES: Comments must be submitted to the online docket via http://www.regulations.gov, or reach the Docket Management Facility, on or 
before May 30, 2017.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG-
2014-0941 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 Mr. David Seris, Seventeenth Coast Guard District, 
telephone (907) 463-2267, email David.M.Seris@uscg.mil, or LT Kody 
Stitz, Seventeenth Coast Guard District, telephone (907) 463-2270; 
email Kody.J.Stitz@uscg.mil.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Public Participation and Comments

    We encourage you to submit comments (or related material) on this 
notice of study availability. We will consider all submissions and may 
adjust our final action based on your comments. If you submit a 
comment, please include the docket number for this notice, 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. Documents mentioned in this notice and all public 
comments, are 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 a final rule is published.
    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).

Viewing Documents and Comments

    The final report and all public comments are in our online docket 
at http://www.regulations.gov and can be viewed by following that Web 
site's instructions. The digital size of the final report is in excess 
of 100 MB which may prevent some people from being able to download and 
view it. For those unable to download the digital file at http://www.regulations.gov, please contact the person listed in the FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section to request a digital file or a 
printed copy of the report.

Discussion

    The Coast Guard announced a port access route study of the Bering 
Strait in the Federal Register on November 8, 2010 (75 FR 68568). The 
purpose of the PARS was to solicit public comments on whether a vessel 
routing system was needed and if it could increase vessel safety in the 
area. At that time the Coast Guard did not propose a specific vessel 
routing system, but instead sought more general comments about whether 
a vessel routing system was needed or advisable in the study area. The 
Coast Guard received twenty five comments, and after reviewing them, 
determined that a specific vessel route needed to be proposed so more 
specific comments and concerns could be gathered and evaluated before 
determining if a routing system would be beneficial. The Coast Guard 
further determined that the study area should include a larger 
geographic area than was initially studied before finalizing the study 
and publishing the results.
    On December 5, 2014 the Coast Guard announced via the Federal 
Register (79 FR 72157) its intent to continue the PARS started in 2010 
by expanding the study area to include most of the Bering Sea, 
proposing a two-way route as a vessel routing system and requesting 
additional public comments. The Coast Guard's goal of the study 
remained the same in that the study was focused on gathering factual 
and relevant information to aid the Coast Guard in reducing the risk of 
marine casualties and increasing the efficiency of vessel traffic in 
the region. The Coast Guard received twenty nine comments in response 
to this request for comment and after reviewing them, developed the 
PARS report. The preliminary findings in this report include some 
changes to previous proposals on which the Coast Guard solicited 
comments. Additional waypoints have been added to the proposed route, 
and Areas to Be Avoided (ATBA's) have been proposed as additional 
routing measures. Upon review of any public comments received in 
response to this notice of study availability, the Coast Guard may 
adjust the proposed route and ATBAs accordingly before submitting a 
final proposal to the International Maritime Organization for formal 
adoption.
    This notice is issued under authority of 33 U.S.C 1223(c) and 5 
U.S.C. 552(a).

    Dated: January 17, 2017.
M. F. McAllister,
Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Seventeenth Coast Guard 
District.
[FR Doc. 2017-03771 Filed 2-24-17; 8:45 am]
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