Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Willamette River, Portland, OR, 44731-44733 [2017-20512]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 185 / Tuesday, September 26, 2017 / Rules and Regulations 53. Even assuming that the one-time cost of compliance for administering the change from Reliability Standard BAL– 005–0.2b to BAL–005–1 is an annual cost, and assuming that all of the entities affected by the revisions to both BAL–005 and FAC–001 qualify as small entities, the estimated total annual cost to the industry as a whole is minimal ($19,055.90), and the average cost per affected entity is $118.36. 54. According to SBA guidance, the determination of significance of impact ‘‘should be seen as relative to the size of the business, the size of the competitor’s business, and the impact the regulation has on larger competitors.’’ 80 The Commission does not consider the estimated burden to be a significant economic impact. As a result, the Commission certifies that the revised Reliability Standards will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. VI. Document Availability 55. In addition to publishing the full text of this document in the Federal Register, the Commission provides all interested persons an opportunity to view and/or print the contents of this document via the Internet through the Commission’s Home Page (http:// www.ferc.gov) and in the Commission’s Public Reference Room during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern time) at 888 First Street NE., Room 2A, Washington, DC 20426. 56. From the Commission’s Home Page on the Internet, this information is available on eLibrary. The full text of this document is available on eLibrary in PDF and Microsoft Word format for viewing, printing, and/or downloading. To access this document in eLibrary, type the docket number of this document, excluding the last three digits, in the docket number field. 57. User assistance is available for eLibrary and the Commission’s Web site during normal business hours from the 44731 Commission’s Online Support at (202) 502–6652 (toll free at 1–866–208–3676) or e-mail at ferconlinesupport@ferc.gov, or the Public Reference Room at (202) 502–8371, TTY (202) 502–8659. Email the Public Reference Room at public.referenceroom@ferc.gov. VII. Effective Date and Congressional Notification These regulations are effective November 27, 2017. The Commission has determined, with the concurrence of the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs of OMB, that this rule is not a ‘‘major rule’’ as defined in section 351 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996. By the Commission. Issued: September 20, 2017 Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. Appendix List of Commenters Abbreviation Commenter NERC .................................................................................................. Trade Associations .............................................................................. North American Electric Reliability Corporation. Edison Electric Institute, American Public Power Association, and Large Public Power Council. Bonneville Power Administration. Idaho Power Company. Jonathan Appelbaum. BPA ..................................................................................................... Idaho Power ........................................................................................ Appelbaum .......................................................................................... decking. This temporary rule is necessary due to the amount of days requested by the bridge owner. The active deviation expires at the 180th day, and the Coast Guard does not approve back-to-back deviations. BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY 33 CFR Part 117 [Docket No. USCG–2017–0474] RIN 1625–AA09 Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Willamette River, Portland, OR Coast Guard, DHS. Temporary interim rule with request for comments. ACTION: The Coast Guard is modifying the operating schedule that governs the Morrison Bridge across the Willamette River, mile 12.8, at Portland, Oregon. The temporary interim rule is necessary to accommodate Multnomah County’s (bridge owner) unexpected extension of time required to replace the bridge SUMMARY: 80 U.S. Small Business Administration, A Guide for Government Agencies How to Comply with the 15:04 Sep 25, 2017 Jkt 241001 If you have questions on this interim rule, call or email Mr. Steven Fischer, Bridge Administrator, Thirteenth Coast Guard District; telephone 206–220–7282, email d13-pf-d13bridges@uscg.mil. I. Table of Abbreviations CFR Code of Federal Regulations DHS Department of Homeland Security FR Federal Register OMB Office of Management and Budget NPRM Notice of Proposed Rulemaking You may submit comments or view documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to http:// www.regulations.gov, type USCG–2017– 0474 in the ‘‘SEARCH’’ box and click ‘‘SEARCH.’’ Click on Open Docket Folder on the line associated with this rulemaking. See the ‘‘Public Participation and Request for Comments’’ portion of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below for instructions on submitting comments. § Section U.S.C. United States Code Regulatory Flexibility Act, at 18 (May 2012), https:// www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/advocacy/rfaguide_ 0512_0.pdf. ADDRESSES: AGENCY: Pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with RULES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DATES: Coast Guard VerDate Sep<11>2014 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: This temporary interim rule is effective from 7 p.m. on September 27, 2017, through 7 p.m. on November 12, 2017. Comments and related material must reach the Coast Guard on or before October 26, 2017. [FR Doc. 2017–20554 Filed 9–25–17; 8:45 am] PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 II. Background Information and Regulatory History On June 23, 2016, we published a temporary deviation entitled Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Willamette River, Portland, OR, in the Federal Register (81 FR 40813), where we did not request comments. However, we conducted a public outreach in May 2016 and did not receive any objections. No complaints have been submitted E:\FR\FM\26SER1.SGM 26SER1 44732 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 185 / Tuesday, September 26, 2017 / Rules and Regulations Pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with RULES during the current temporary deviation’s operation. The Coast Guard is issuing this temporary interim 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), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for not publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) with respect to this rule because it is impracticable. We must modify the operation schedule of the bridge by September 27, 2017 to allow Multnomah County to replace the bridge decking, but we lack sufficient time to provide a reasonable comment period and then consider those comments before issuing the modification. We are issuing this rule and under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), and for the reasons stated above, the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for making it effective in less than 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. III. Legal Authority and Need for Rule The Coast Guard is issuing this rule under authority 33 U.S.C. 499. The Coast Guard is modifying the operating schedule that governs the Morrison Bridge across the Willamette River, mile 12.8, at Portland, Oregon. The Morrison Bridge is a double bascule bridge. When the bascule span is in the closed-tonavigation position, the bridge provides 69 feet of vertical clearance, and in the open position provides unlimited vertical clearance. The normal operating schedule for the Morrison Bridge is in accordance with 33 CFR 117.897(c)(3)(iv). Multnomah County, the bridge owner, contacted us requesting additional time to deviate from the operating rule due to delays in receiving replacement parts, and needing to fabricate parts on site. Multnomah County requested that the Morrison Bridge be allowed to only open half the span, 92 feet, as opposed to a full opening, 185 feet, to accommodate extra time to replace bridge decking. The County has also requested to reduce the vertical clearance of the non-opening side of the span with scaffolding erected 10 feet below the lower bridge cord for a containment system, and to require at least a two hour advance notice for an opening. Waterway usage on this part of the Willamette River includes vessels ranging from commercial tug and barge VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:04 Sep 25, 2017 Jkt 241001 to small pleasure craft. Vessels able to pass through the Morrison Bridge in the closed position may do so at anytime. A tug will be on site to assist vessels through the single leaf span opening upon request. The bridge will be able to open half the span for emergencies with a two hour notice, and there is no immediate alternate route for vessels to pass. IV. Discussion of the Temporary Interim Rule The Coast Guard has issued a temporary interim rule from the operating schedule that governs the Morrison Bridge across the Willamette River, mile 12.8, at Portland, Oregon. The rule is necessary to accommodate Multnomah County’s replacement of the bridge decking. This rule allows the bridge to only open half of the span, single leaf, to allow for the replacement of bridge decking. The rule also allows the vertical clearance to be reduced due to the project’s containment system. 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 13771 directs agencies to control regulatory costs through a budgeting process. This rule has not been designated a ‘‘significant regulatory action,’’ under Executive Order 12866. Accordingly, it has not been reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and pursuant to OMB guidance it is exempt from the requirements of Executive Order 13771. This regulatory action determination is based on the ability that vessels can still transit under the bridge, or give advanced notice for a half opening. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 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 bridge may be small entities, for the reasons stated in section IV.A above, this interim rule would not have a significant economic impact on any vessel owner or operator. Multnomah County has taken precaution to provide a tug to assist vessels, if needed, so businesses will not suffer any impacts. Furthermore, half the span can be opened to vessels that require an opening. 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 E:\FR\FM\26SER1.SGM 26SER1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 185 / Tuesday, September 26, 2017 / Rules and Regulations 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 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. 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. Pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with RULES 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. We seek any comments or information that may lead to the discovery of a significant environmental impact from this rule. G. Protest Activities The Coast Guard respects the First Amendment rights of protesters. Protesters are asked to contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section to coordinate protest activities so that your message can be received without jeopardizing the safety or security of people, places or vessels. VI. Public Participation and Request for Comments We view public participation as essential to effective rulemaking, and VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:04 Sep 25, 2017 Jkt 241001 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, visit http:// www.regulations.gov/privacyNotice. Documents mentioned in this Temporary Interim Rule as being available in this 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 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; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1. 2. In § 117.897, effective from 7 p.m. on September 27, 2017, through 7 p.m. on November 12, 2017, suspend paragraph (c)(3)(iv) and add paragraph (c)(3)(vi) to read as follows: ■ § 117.897 Willamette River. * * * * * (c) * * * (3) * * * (vi) Morrison Bridge, Portland, mile 12.8, shall operate in single leaf, and open half the draw on signal if at least two hours notice is given. The vertical clearance of the non-functioning leaf will be reduced up to 10 feet. PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 44733 Dated: September 18, 2017. David Throop, Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Thirteenth Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. 2017–20512 Filed 9–25–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 117 [Docket No. USCG–2017–0573] Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River, Chesapeake, VA Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of deviation from drawbridge regulation. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the I–64 (High Rise) Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River, mile 7.1, at Chesapeake, VA. The deviation is necessary to facilitate routine maintenance. This deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed-tonavigation position. DATES: This deviation is effective from 7 a.m. on October 2, 2017 through 11 p.m. on November 22, 2017. ADDRESSES: The docket for this deviation, [USCG–2017–0573] is available at http://www.regulations.gov. Type the docket number in the ‘‘SEARCH’’ box and click ‘‘SEARCH’’. Click on Open Docket Folder on the line associated with this deviation. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this temporary deviation, call or email Mr. Mickey Sanders, Bridge Administration Branch Fifth District, Coast Guard; telephone (757) 398–6587, email Mickey.D.Sanders2@uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Virginia Department of Transportation, owner and operator of the I–64 (High Rise) Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River, mile 7.1, at Chesapeake, VA, has requested a temporary deviation from the current operating schedule to accommodate annual maintenance to remove and replace the center locks and install new electrical wiring and lubrication piping. The bridge has a vertical clearance of 65 feet above mean high water (MHW) in the closed position. The current operating schedule is set out in 33 CFR 117.997(e). Under this SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\26SER1.SGM 26SER1

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 117

[Docket No. USCG-2017-0474]
RIN 1625-AA09


Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Willamette River, Portland, OR

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Temporary interim rule with request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is modifying the operating schedule that 
governs the Morrison Bridge across the Willamette River, mile 12.8, at 
Portland, Oregon. The temporary interim rule is necessary to 
accommodate Multnomah County's (bridge owner) unexpected extension of 
time required to replace the bridge decking. This temporary rule is 
necessary due to the amount of days requested by the bridge owner. The 
active deviation expires at the 180th day, and the Coast Guard does not 
approve back-to-back deviations.

DATES: This temporary interim rule is effective from 7 p.m. on 
September 27, 2017, through 7 p.m. on November 12, 2017.
    Comments and related material must reach the Coast Guard on or 
before October 26, 2017.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments or view documents mentioned in this 
preamble as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov, type USCG-2017-0474 in the ``SEARCH'' box and 
click ``SEARCH.'' Click on Open Docket Folder on the line associated 
with this rulemaking.
    See the ``Public Participation and Request for Comments'' portion 
of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below for instructions on 
submitting comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this interim 
rule, call or email Mr. Steven Fischer, Bridge Administrator, 
Thirteenth Coast Guard District; telephone 206-220-7282, email d13-pf-d13bridges@uscg.mil.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Table of Abbreviations

CFR Code of Federal Regulations
DHS Department of Homeland Security
FR Federal Register
OMB Office of Management and Budget
NPRM Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Sec.  Section
U.S.C. United States Code

II. Background Information and Regulatory History

    On June 23, 2016, we published a temporary deviation entitled 
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Willamette River, Portland, OR, in the 
Federal Register (81 FR 40813), where we did not request comments. 
However, we conducted a public outreach in May 2016 and did not receive 
any objections. No complaints have been submitted

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during the current temporary deviation's operation.
    The Coast Guard is issuing this temporary interim 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), the Coast 
Guard finds that good cause exists for not publishing a notice of 
proposed rulemaking (NPRM) with respect to this rule because it is 
impracticable. We must modify the operation schedule of the bridge by 
September 27, 2017 to allow Multnomah County to replace the bridge 
decking, but we lack sufficient time to provide a reasonable comment 
period and then consider those comments before issuing the 
modification.
    We are issuing this rule and under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), and for the 
reasons stated above, the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for 
making it effective in less than 30 days after publication in the 
Federal Register.

III. Legal Authority and Need for Rule

    The Coast Guard is issuing this rule under authority 33 U.S.C. 499. 
The Coast Guard is modifying the operating schedule that governs the 
Morrison Bridge across the Willamette River, mile 12.8, at Portland, 
Oregon. The Morrison Bridge is a double bascule bridge. When the 
bascule span is in the closed-to-navigation position, the bridge 
provides 69 feet of vertical clearance, and in the open position 
provides unlimited vertical clearance. The normal operating schedule 
for the Morrison Bridge is in accordance with 33 CFR 117.897(c)(3)(iv). 
Multnomah County, the bridge owner, contacted us requesting additional 
time to deviate from the operating rule due to delays in receiving 
replacement parts, and needing to fabricate parts on site.
    Multnomah County requested that the Morrison Bridge be allowed to 
only open half the span, 92 feet, as opposed to a full opening, 185 
feet, to accommodate extra time to replace bridge decking. The County 
has also requested to reduce the vertical clearance of the non-opening 
side of the span with scaffolding erected 10 feet below the lower 
bridge cord for a containment system, and to require at least a two 
hour advance notice for an opening. Waterway usage on this part of the 
Willamette River includes vessels ranging from commercial tug and barge 
to small pleasure craft. Vessels able to pass through the Morrison 
Bridge in the closed position may do so at anytime. A tug will be on 
site to assist vessels through the single leaf span opening upon 
request. The bridge will be able to open half the span for emergencies 
with a two hour notice, and there is no immediate alternate route for 
vessels to pass.

IV. Discussion of the Temporary Interim Rule

    The Coast Guard has issued a temporary interim rule from the 
operating schedule that governs the Morrison Bridge across the 
Willamette River, mile 12.8, at Portland, Oregon. The rule is necessary 
to accommodate Multnomah County's replacement of the bridge decking. 
This rule allows the bridge to only open half of the span, single leaf, 
to allow for the replacement of bridge decking. The rule also allows 
the vertical clearance to be reduced due to the project's containment 
system.

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 13771 directs agencies to control 
regulatory costs through a budgeting process. This rule has not been 
designated a ``significant regulatory action,'' under Executive Order 
12866. Accordingly, it has not been reviewed by the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) and pursuant to OMB guidance it is exempt 
from the requirements of Executive Order 13771. This regulatory action 
determination is based on the ability that vessels can still transit 
under the bridge, or give advanced notice for a half opening.

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 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 
bridge may be small entities, for the reasons stated in section IV.A 
above, this interim rule would not have a significant economic impact 
on any vessel owner or operator. Multnomah County has taken precaution 
to provide a tug to assist vessels, if needed, so businesses will not 
suffer any impacts. Furthermore, half the span can be opened to vessels 
that require an opening.
    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

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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 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.

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.
    We seek any comments or information that may lead to the discovery 
of a significant environmental impact from this rule.

G. Protest Activities

    The Coast Guard respects the First Amendment rights of protesters. 
Protesters are asked to contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT section to coordinate protest activities so that 
your message can be received without jeopardizing the safety or 
security of people, places or vessels.

VI. Public Participation and Request for Comments

    We view public participation as essential 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, visit http://www.regulations.gov/privacyNotice.
    Documents mentioned in this Temporary Interim Rule as being 
available in this 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 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; Department of Homeland 
Security Delegation No. 0170.1.

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2. In Sec.  117.897, effective from 7 p.m. on September 27, 2017, 
through 7 p.m. on November 12, 2017, suspend paragraph (c)(3)(iv) and 
add paragraph (c)(3)(vi) to read as follows:


Sec.  117.897  Willamette River.

* * * * *
    (c) * * *
    (3) * * *
    (vi) Morrison Bridge, Portland, mile 12.8, shall operate in single 
leaf, and open half the draw on signal if at least two hours notice is 
given. The vertical clearance of the non-functioning leaf will be 
reduced up to 10 feet.

    Dated: September 18, 2017.
David Throop,
Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Thirteenth Coast Guard 
District.
[FR Doc. 2017-20512 Filed 9-25-17; 8:45 am]
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