Safety Zone; Hope Chest Buffalo Niagara Dragon Boat Festival, Buffalo River, Buffalo, NY, 21745-21747 [2017-09483]

Download as PDF jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 89 / Wednesday, May 10, 2017 / Proposed Rules sustained gale force winds (39–54 mph/ 34–47 knots) from a tropical or hurricane force storm are predicted to make landfall at the port within 12 hours. (c) Regulations.—(1) Port Condition WHISKEY. All vessel and port facilities must exercise due diligence in preparation for potential storm impacts. Slow-moving vessels may be ordered to depart to ensure safe avoidance of the incoming storm upon the anticipation of the setting of Port Condition X–RAY. Ports and waterfront facilities shall begin removing all debris and securing potential flying hazards. Container stacking plans shall be implemented. Waterfront facilities that are unable to reduce container stacking height to no more than four high must submit a container stacking protocol to the Captain of the Port (COTP). (2) Port Condition X–RAY. All vessels and port facilities shall ensure that potential flying debris is removed or secured. Hazardous materials/pollution hazards must be secured in a safe manner and away from waterfront areas. Facilities shall continue to implement container stacking protocol. Containers must not exceed four tiers, unless previously approved by the COTP. Containers carrying hazardous materials may not be stacked above the second tier. All oceangoing commercial vessels greater than 500-gross tons must prepare to depart ports and anchorages within the affected regulated area. These vessels shall depart immediately upon the setting of Port Condition YANKEE. During this condition, slow-moving vessels may be ordered to depart to ensure safe avoidance of the incoming storm. Vessels that are unable to depart the port must contact the COTP to request and receive permission to remain in port. Vessels with COTP’s permission to remain in port must implement their pre-approved mooring arrangement. Terminal operators shall prepare to terminate all cargo operations. The COTP may require additional precautions to ensure the safety of the ports and waterways. (3) Port Condition YANKEE. Affected ports are closed to inbound vessel traffic. All oceangoing commercial vessels greater than 500-gross tons must have departed designated ports within the Sector Miami Captain of the Port Zone. Appropriate container stacking protocol must be completed. Terminal operators must terminate all cargo operations not associated with storm preparations: Cargo operations associated with storm preparations include moving cargo within or off the port for securing purposes, crane and other port/facility equipment VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:10 May 09, 2017 Jkt 241001 preparations, and similar activities, but do not include moving cargo onto the port or vessel loading/discharging operations unless specifically authorized by the COTP. All facilities shall continue to operate in accordance with approved Facility Security Plans and comply with the requirements of the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA). (4) Port Condition ZULU. All port waterfront operations are suspended, except final preparations that are expressly permitted by the COTP as necessary to ensure the safety of the ports and facilities. Coast Guard Port Assessment Teams will conduct final port assessments. (5) Emergency Restrictions for Other Disasters. Any natural or other disasters that are anticipated to affect the Sector Miami Captain of the Port zone will result in the prohibition of commercial vessel traffic transiting or remaining in the port or facility operations. Dated: April 11, 2017. J.H. D. Solomon, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Acting Captain of the Port Miami. [FR Doc. 2017–09476 Filed 5–9–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 [Docket Number USCG–2017–0275] RIN 1625–AA00 Safety Zone; Hope Chest Buffalo Niagara Dragon Boat Festival, Buffalo River, Buffalo, NY Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of proposed rulemaking. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard proposes to establish a temporary safety zone for certain waters of the Buffalo River. This action is necessary to provide for the safety of life on these navigable waters near Buffalo River Works, Buffalo, NY, during the Hope Chest Buffalo Niagara Dragon Boat Festival on June 17, 2017, which includes boat races. This proposed rulemaking would prohibit persons and vessels from passing through the safety zone during race heats unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Buffalo or a designated representative. We invite your comments on this proposed rulemaking. DATES: Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before May 30, 2017. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 21745 You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG– 2017–0275 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: If you have questions about this proposed rulemaking, call or email LT Michael Collet, Chief of Waterways Management, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Buffalo; telephone 716–843–9322, email SectorBuffaloMarineSafety@uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: I. Table of Abbreviations CFR Code of Federal Regulations COTP Captain of the Port DHS Department of Homeland Security FR Federal Register NPRM Notice of proposed rulemaking § Section U.S.C. United States Code II. Background, Purpose, and Legal Basis On December 08, 2016, the Hope Chest Buffalo (Lumanina Crop) notified the Coast Guard that it will be conducting a series of dragon boat races from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 17, 2017. The dragon boat races are to take place in the Buffalo River behind the Buffalo River Works restaurant in a 300 meter long course consisting of 4 lanes, each 10 meters wide in Buffalo, NY. The Captain of the Port Buffalo (COTP) has determined that a boating race event on a navigable waterway will pose a significant risk to participants and the boating public. The purpose of this rulemaking is to ensure the safety of vessels and the navigable waters within the race course during heats of the scheduled event. Vessel traffic will be allowed to pass through the safety zone between heats. The Coast Guard proposes this rulemaking under authority in 33 U.S.C. 1231. III. Discussion of Proposed Rule The COTP proposes to establish a safety zone from 7:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. on June 17, 2017, that would be effective and enforced intermittently. The safety zone would cover all navigable waters of the Buffalo River; Buffalo, NY starting at position 42° 52′ 12.60″ N. and 078° 52′ 17.64″ W. then Southeast to 42° 52′ 3.17″ N. and 078° 52′ 12.43″ W. then East to 42° 52′ 3.68″ N. and 078° 52′ 10.35″ W. then Northwest to 42° 52′ 13.41″ N. and 078° 52’ 16.57″ W. then returning to the point E:\FR\FM\10MYP1.SGM 10MYP1 21746 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 89 / Wednesday, May 10, 2017 / Proposed Rules of origin. The duration of the zone is intended to ensure the safety of vessels and these navigable waters before, during, and after the scheduled 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. racing event. Vessels will be permitted to pass through the safety zone intermittently during the event as allowed by the COTP or the on-scene representative. No vessel or person would be permitted to enter the safety zone without obtaining permission from the COTP or a designated representative. The regulatory text we are proposing appears at the end of this document. jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS IV. Regulatory Analyses We developed this proposed rule after considering numerous statutes and Executive orders related to rulemaking. Below we summarize our analyses based on a number of these statutes and Executive orders and we discuss First Amendment rights of protestors. 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. Executive Order 13771 (‘‘Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs’’), directs agencies to reduce regulation and control regulatory costs and provides that ‘‘for every one new regulation issued, at least two prior regulations be identified for elimination, and that the cost of planned regulations be prudently managed and controlled through a budgeting process.’’ This NPRM has not been designated a ‘‘significant regulatory action,’’ under Executive Order 12866. Accordingly, the NPRM has not been reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget. As this rule is not a significant regulatory action, this rule is exempt from the requirements of Executive Order 13771. See OMB’s Memorandum titled ‘‘Interim Guidance Implementing Section 2 of the Executive Order of January 30, 2017 titled ‘Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs’ ’’ (February 2, 2017). This regulatory action determination is based on the size, location, duration, and time-of-day of the safety zone. Vessel traffic would be able to safely transit through this safety zone in between race heats which would impact a small designated area of the Buffalo River for one day. Moreover, the Coast Guard would issue a Broadcast Notice to VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:10 May 09, 2017 Jkt 241001 Mariners via VHF–FM marine channel 16 about the zone, and the rule would allow vessels to seek permission to enter the zone. 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 proposed rule would 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 IV.A above this proposed rule would not have a significant economic impact on any vessel owner or operator. If you think that your business, organization, or governmental jurisdiction qualifies as a small entity and that this rule would have a significant economic impact on it, please submit a comment (see ADDRESSES) explaining why you think it qualifies and how and to what degree this rule would economically affect it. Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104–121), we want to assist small entities in understanding this proposed rule. If the rule would affect your small business, organization, or governmental jurisdiction and you have questions concerning its provisions or options for compliance, please contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section. The Coast Guard will not retaliate against small entities that question or complain about this proposed rule or any policy or action of the Coast Guard. C. Collection of Information This proposed rule would 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 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 PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 various levels of government. We have analyzed this proposed 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 proposed rule does not have tribal implications under Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments, because it would not have a substantial direct effect on one or more Indian tribes, on the relationship between the Federal Government and Indian tribes, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities between the Federal Government and Indian tribes. If you believe this proposed rule has implications for federalism or Indian tribes, please contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section. 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 proposed rule would not result in such an expenditure, we do discuss the effects of this rule elsewhere in this preamble. F. Environment We have analyzed this proposed rule under Department of Homeland Security Management Directive 023–01 and Commandant Instruction M16475.lD, which guide the Coast Guard in complying with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321–4370f), and have made a preliminary determination that this action is one of a category of actions that do not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment. This proposed rule involves the establishment of a safety zone for one day during intermittent periods. Normally such actions are categorically excluded from further review under section 2.B.2, and Figure 2–1, paragraph 34(g) of the Instruction. Paragraph 24(g) pertains to the establishing, disestablishing, or changing Regulated Navigation Areas and security or safety zones. A preliminary Record of Environmental Consideration (REC) supporting this determination is available in the docket where indicated under the ADDRESSES section of this preamble. We seek any E:\FR\FM\10MYP1.SGM 10MYP1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 89 / Wednesday, May 10, 2017 / Proposed Rules comments or information that may lead to the discovery of a significant environmental impact from this proposed 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. jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS V. Public Participation and Request for Comments We view public participation as essential to effective rulemaking, and will consider all comments and material received during the comment period. Your comment can help shape the outcome of this rulemaking. 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 NPRM 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 a final rule is published. List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165 Harbors, Marine safety, Navigation (water), Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Security measures, Waterways. For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard proposes to amend 33 CFR part 165 as follows: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:10 May 09, 2017 Jkt 241001 PART 165—REGULATED NAVIGATION AREAS AND LIMITED ACCESS AREAS DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS 1. The authority citation for part 165 continues to read as follows: 21747 38 CFR Part 17 ■ 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. RIN 2900–AO15 Use of Medicare Procedures To Enter Into Provider Agreements for Extended Care Services Department of Veterans Affairs. Withdrawal of proposed rule. 2. Add § 165.T09–0275 to read as follows: AGENCY: § 165.T09–0275 Safety Zone; Hope Chest Buffalo Niagara Dragon Boat Festival, Buffalo River, Buffalo, NY SUMMARY: ■ ACTION: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal (a) Location. This zone will cover all Register on February 13, 2013, that navigable waters of the Buffalo River; proposed amending its regulations to Buffalo, NY starting at position allow VA to enter into provider 42°52′12.60″ N. and 078°52′17.64″ W. agreements to obtain extended care then Southeast to 42°52′3.17″ N. and services for Veterans from community 078°52′12.43″ W. then East to providers. Since publication of that 42°52′3.68″ N. and 078°52′10.35″ W. proposed rule, further review has led then Northwest to 42°52′13.41″ N. and VA to conclude VA cannot achieve the 078°52′16.57″ W. then returning to the proposal’s goals without a statutory point of origin. change. For this reason, VA withdraws the proposed rule. (b) Enforcement Period. This regulation will be enforced DATES: This proposed rule is withdrawn intermittently on June 17, 2017 from as of May 10, 2017. 7:45 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: (c) Regulations. (1) In accordance with Daniel Schoeps, Office of Geriatrics and the general regulations in § 165.23 of Extended Care (10P4G), Department of this part, entry into, transiting, or Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue anchoring within this safety zone is NW., Washington, DC 20420; (202) 461– prohibited unless authorized by the 6763 (this is not a toll-free number). Captain of the Port Buffalo or his SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VA designated on-scene representative. published a notice of proposed (2) This safety zone is closed to all rulemaking in the Federal Register on vessel traffic, except as may be February 13, 2013, that proposed to permitted by the Captain of the Port allow VA to enter into provider Buffalo or his designated on-scene agreements to obtain extended care representative. services for Veterans from community providers under 38 U.S.C. 1720(c)(1) (3) The ‘‘on-scene representative’’ of (see 78 FR 10117). Since publication of the Captain of the Port Buffalo is any that proposed rule, further review has Coast Guard commissioned, warrant or led VA to conclude the goals of this petty officer who has been designated regulation cannot be achieved without a by the Captain of the Port Buffalo to act statutory change. For this reason, VA on his behalf. withdraws the proposed rule. VA has (4) Vessel operators desiring to enter proposed and continues to support or operate within the safety zone must legislation that would authorize VA to contact the Captain of the Port Buffalo use provider agreements to purchase or his on-scene representative to obtain care in the community. permission to do so. The Captain of the After publication of the proposed Port Buffalo or his on-scene rule, section 101 of the Veterans Access, representative may be contacted via VHF Channel 16. Vessel operators given Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (Pub. L. 113–146, 128 Stat.1754, permission to enter or operate in the hereafter referred to as ‘‘the Choice safety zone must comply with all Act’’) created the Veterans Choice directions given to them by the Captain Program, which provides legal authority of the Port Buffalo, or his on-scene for VA to enter into provider agreements representative. to obtain certain extended care services Dated: May 4, 2017. for Veterans. The Veterans Choice J.S. Dufresne, Program also has regulations, at 38 CFR Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the 17.1500, et seq., that are currently Port Buffalo. operational and have criteria similar to [FR Doc. 2017–09483 Filed 5–9–17; 8:45 am] those in the proposed rule AO15, including eligibility standards for nonBILLING CODE 9110–04–P PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 E:\FR\FM\10MYP1.SGM 10MYP1

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 165

[Docket Number USCG-2017-0275]
RIN 1625-AA00


Safety Zone; Hope Chest Buffalo Niagara Dragon Boat Festival, 
Buffalo River, Buffalo, NY

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard proposes to establish a temporary safety zone 
for certain waters of the Buffalo River. This action is necessary to 
provide for the safety of life on these navigable waters near Buffalo 
River Works, Buffalo, NY, during the Hope Chest Buffalo Niagara Dragon 
Boat Festival on June 17, 2017, which includes boat races. This 
proposed rulemaking would prohibit persons and vessels from passing 
through the safety zone during race heats unless authorized by the 
Captain of the Port Buffalo or a designated representative. We invite 
your comments on this proposed rulemaking.

DATES: Comments and related material must be received by the Coast 
Guard on or before May 30, 2017.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG-
2017-0275 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: If you have questions about this 
proposed rulemaking, call or email LT Michael Collet, Chief of 
Waterways Management, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Buffalo; telephone 716-
843-9322, email SectorBuffaloMarineSafety@uscg.mil.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Table of Abbreviations

CFR Code of Federal Regulations
COTP Captain of the Port
DHS Department of Homeland Security
FR Federal Register
NPRM Notice of proposed rulemaking
Sec.  Section
U.S.C. United States Code

II. Background, Purpose, and Legal Basis

    On December 08, 2016, the Hope Chest Buffalo (Lumanina Crop) 
notified the Coast Guard that it will be conducting a series of dragon 
boat races from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 17, 2017. The dragon boat 
races are to take place in the Buffalo River behind the Buffalo River 
Works restaurant in a 300 meter long course consisting of 4 lanes, each 
10 meters wide in Buffalo, NY. The Captain of the Port Buffalo (COTP) 
has determined that a boating race event on a navigable waterway will 
pose a significant risk to participants and the boating public.
    The purpose of this rulemaking is to ensure the safety of vessels 
and the navigable waters within the race course during heats of the 
scheduled event. Vessel traffic will be allowed to pass through the 
safety zone between heats. The Coast Guard proposes this rulemaking 
under authority in 33 U.S.C. 1231.

III. Discussion of Proposed Rule

    The COTP proposes to establish a safety zone from 7:45 a.m. to 5:15 
p.m. on June 17, 2017, that would be effective and enforced 
intermittently. The safety zone would cover all navigable waters of the 
Buffalo River; Buffalo, NY starting at position 42[deg] 52' 12.60'' N. 
and 078[deg] 52' 17.64'' W. then Southeast to 42[deg] 52' 3.17'' N. and 
078[deg] 52' 12.43'' W. then East to 42[deg] 52' 3.68'' N. and 078[deg] 
52' 10.35'' W. then Northwest to 42[deg] 52' 13.41'' N. and 078[deg] 
52' 16.57'' W. then returning to the point

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of origin. The duration of the zone is intended to ensure the safety of 
vessels and these navigable waters before, during, and after the 
scheduled 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. racing event. Vessels will be permitted to 
pass through the safety zone intermittently during the event as allowed 
by the COTP or the on-scene representative. No vessel or person would 
be permitted to enter the safety zone without obtaining permission from 
the COTP or a designated representative. The regulatory text we are 
proposing appears at the end of this document.

IV. Regulatory Analyses

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

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. Executive Order 13771 (``Reducing 
Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs''), directs agencies to 
reduce regulation and control regulatory costs and provides that ``for 
every one new regulation issued, at least two prior regulations be 
identified for elimination, and that the cost of planned regulations be 
prudently managed and controlled through a budgeting process.''
    This NPRM has not been designated a ``significant regulatory 
action,'' under Executive Order 12866. Accordingly, the NPRM has not 
been reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget.
    As this rule is not a significant regulatory action, this rule is 
exempt from the requirements of Executive Order 13771. See OMB's 
Memorandum titled ``Interim Guidance Implementing Section 2 of the 
Executive Order of January 30, 2017 titled `Reducing Regulation and 
Controlling Regulatory Costs' '' (February 2, 2017).
    This regulatory action determination is based on the size, 
location, duration, and time-of-day of the safety zone. Vessel traffic 
would be able to safely transit through this safety zone in between 
race heats which would impact a small designated area of the Buffalo 
River for one day. Moreover, the Coast Guard would issue a Broadcast 
Notice to Mariners via VHF-FM marine channel 16 about the zone, and the 
rule would allow vessels to seek permission to enter the zone.

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 
proposed rule would 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 
IV.A above this proposed rule would not have a significant economic 
impact on any vessel owner or operator.
    If you think that your business, organization, or governmental 
jurisdiction qualifies as a small entity and that this rule would have 
a significant economic impact on it, please submit a comment (see 
ADDRESSES) explaining why you think it qualifies and how and to what 
degree this rule would economically affect it.
    Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement 
Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-121), we want to assist small 
entities in understanding this proposed rule. If the rule would affect 
your small business, organization, or governmental jurisdiction and you 
have questions concerning its provisions or options for compliance, 
please contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT 
section. The Coast Guard will not retaliate against small entities that 
question or complain about this proposed rule or any policy or action 
of the Coast Guard.

C. Collection of Information

    This proposed rule would 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 Executive Order 13132, 
Federalism, if it has a substantial direct effect on the States, on the 
relationship between the national government and the States, or on the 
distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of 
government. We have analyzed this proposed rule under that Order and 
have determined that it is consistent with the fundamental federalism 
principles and preemption requirements described in Executive Order 
13132.
    Also, this proposed rule does not have tribal implications under 
Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal 
Governments, because it would not have a substantial direct effect on 
one or more Indian tribes, on the relationship between the Federal 
Government and Indian tribes, or on the distribution of power and 
responsibilities between the Federal Government and Indian tribes. If 
you believe this proposed rule has implications for federalism or 
Indian tribes, please contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT section.

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 proposed rule would not 
result in such an expenditure, we do discuss the effects of this rule 
elsewhere in this preamble.

F. Environment

    We have analyzed this proposed rule under Department of Homeland 
Security Management Directive 023-01 and Commandant Instruction 
M16475.lD, which guide the Coast Guard in complying with the National 
Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321-4370f), and have made 
a preliminary determination that this action is one of a category of 
actions that do not individually or cumulatively have a significant 
effect on the human environment. This proposed rule involves the 
establishment of a safety zone for one day during intermittent periods. 
Normally such actions are categorically excluded from further review 
under section 2.B.2, and Figure 2-1, paragraph 34(g) of the 
Instruction. Paragraph 24(g) pertains to the establishing, 
disestablishing, or changing Regulated Navigation Areas and security or 
safety zones. A preliminary Record of Environmental Consideration (REC) 
supporting this determination is available in the docket where 
indicated under the ADDRESSES section of this preamble. We seek any

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comments or information that may lead to the discovery of a significant 
environmental impact from this proposed 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.

V. Public Participation and Request for Comments

    We view public participation as essential to effective rulemaking, 
and will consider all comments and material received during the comment 
period. Your comment can help shape the outcome of this rulemaking. 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 NPRM 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 a 
final rule is published.

List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165

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

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

PART 165--REGULATED NAVIGATION AREAS AND LIMITED ACCESS AREAS

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

    Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1231; 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.T09-0275 to read as follows:


Sec.  165.T09-0275  Safety Zone; Hope Chest Buffalo Niagara Dragon Boat 
Festival, Buffalo River, Buffalo, NY

    (a) Location. This zone will cover all navigable waters of the 
Buffalo River; Buffalo, NY starting at position 42[deg]52'12.60'' N. 
and 078[deg]52'17.64'' W. then Southeast to 42[deg]52'3.17'' N. and 
078[deg]52'12.43'' W. then East to 42[deg]52'3.68'' N. and 
078[deg]52'10.35'' W. then Northwest to 42[deg]52'13.41'' N. and 
078[deg]52'16.57'' W. then returning to the point of origin.
    (b) Enforcement Period. This regulation will be enforced 
intermittently on June 17, 2017 from 7:45 a.m. until 5:15 p.m.
    (c) Regulations. (1) In accordance with the general regulations in 
Sec.  165.23 of this part, entry into, transiting, or anchoring within 
this safety zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the 
Port Buffalo or his designated on-scene representative.
    (2) This safety zone is closed to all vessel traffic, except as may 
be permitted by the Captain of the Port Buffalo or his designated on-
scene representative.
    (3) The ``on-scene representative'' of the Captain of the Port 
Buffalo is any Coast Guard commissioned, warrant or petty officer who 
has been designated by the Captain of the Port Buffalo to act on his 
behalf.
    (4) Vessel operators desiring to enter or operate within the safety 
zone must contact the Captain of the Port Buffalo or his on-scene 
representative to obtain permission to do so. The Captain of the Port 
Buffalo or his on-scene representative may be contacted via VHF Channel 
16. Vessel operators given permission to enter or operate in the safety 
zone must comply with all directions given to them by the Captain of 
the Port Buffalo, or his on-scene representative.

    Dated: May 4, 2017.
J.S. Dufresne,
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port Buffalo.
[FR Doc. 2017-09483 Filed 5-9-17; 8:45 am]
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