Safety Zone; Lower Mississippi River, Port Gibson, MS, 13185-13187 [2018-06213]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 60 / Wednesday, March 28, 2018 / Rules and Regulations (5) Taxable years beginning before January 1, 2012. See § 1.41–6 as contained in 26 CFR part 1, revised April 1, 2014. § 1.41–6T [Removed] Par. 3. Section 1.41–6T is removed. ■ Par. 4. Section 1.45G–1 is amended by revising paragraphs (f)(4) and (5) and (g)(4) and (5) to read as follows: ■ § 1.45G–1 credit. Railroad track maintenance * * * * * (f) * * * (4) Allocation of the group credit. The group credit is allocated to each member of the controlled group on a proportionate basis to its share of the aggregate of the QRTMEs taken into account for the taxable year by such controlled group for purposes of the credit. (5) Special rules for consolidated groups—(i) In general. For purposes of applying paragraph (f)(4) of this section, members of a consolidated group who are members of a controlled group are treated as a single member of the controlled group. (ii) Special rule for allocation of group credit among consolidated group members. The portion of the group credit that is allocated to a consolidated group is allocated to each member of the consolidated group on a proportionate basis to its share of the aggregate of the QRTMEs taken into account for the taxable year by such consolidated group for purposes of the credit. * * * * * (g) * * * (4) Taxable years beginning after December 31, 2011. Paragraphs (f)(4) and (5) and (g)(4) and (5) of this section apply to taxable years beginning on or after April 2, 2018. For taxable years ending before April 2, 2018, see § 1.45G–1T as contained in 26 CFR part 1, as revised April 1, 2017. (5) Taxable years beginning before January 1, 2012. See § 1.45–1 as contained in 26 CFR part 1, revised April 1, 2014. § 1.45G–1T controlled group of corporations (within the meaning of section 41(f)(5)). A, B, and C each attach a statement to the 2012 Form 6765, ‘‘Credit for Increasing Research Activities,’’ showing A and C were the only members of the controlled group to have qualified research expenses when calculating the group credit. A and C report their allocated portions of the group credit on the 2012 Form 6765 and B reports no research credit on Form 6765. Pursuant to paragraph (a) of this section, A and B, but not C, each make an election for the reduced credit under section 280C(c)(3)(B) on the 2012 Form 6765. In December 2013, B determines it had qualified research expenses in 2012 resulting in an increased group credit. On an amended 2012 Form 6765, A, B, and C each report their allocated portions of the group credit. B reports its credit as a regular credit under section 41(a) and reduces the credit under section 280C(c)(3)(B). C may not reduce its credit under section 280C(c)(3)(B) because C did not make an election for the reduced credit with its original return. (c) * * * (2) Taxable years beginning after December 31, 2011. Paragraphs (b)(2) and (c)(2) and (3) of this section apply to taxable years beginning on or after April 2, 2018. For taxable years ending before April 2, 2018, see § 1.280C–4T as contained in 26 CFR part 1, as revised April 1, 2017. (3) For taxable years ending before January 1, 2012. See § 1.280C–4 as contained in 26 CFR part 1, revised April 1, 2014. § 1.280C–4T ■ [Removed] Par. 7. Section 1.280C–4T is removed. Par. 5. Section 1.45G–1T is removed. Par. 6. Section 1.280C–4 is amended by revising paragraphs (b)(2) and (c)(2) and (3) to read as follows: ■ daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES * Credit for increasing research * * (b) * * * * * [FR Doc. 2018–06241 Filed 3–27–18; 8:45 am] II. Background Information and Regulatory History The Coast Guard is issuing this temporary rule without prior notice and opportunity to comment pursuant to authority under section 4(a) of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 553(b)). This provision authorizes an agency to issue a rule without prior notice and opportunity to comment when the agency for good cause finds that those procedures are ‘‘impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest.’’ Under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for not publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) with respect to this rule because it is impracticable and contrary to the public interest. Increasing high water in this area requires immediate action to BILLING CODE 4830–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY 33 CFR Part 165 VerDate Sep<11>2014 [Docket Number USCG–2018–0229] RIN 1625–AA00 Safety Zone; Lower Mississippi River, Port Gibson, MS Coast Guard, DHS. Temporary final rule. AGENCY: (2) Example. The following example illustrates an application of paragraph (b) of this section: A, B, and C, all of which are calendar year taxpayers, are members of a 16:22 Mar 27, 2018 Jkt 244001 I. Table of Abbreviations CFR Code of Federal Regulations COTP Captain of the Port Sector Lower Mississippi River DHS Department of Homeland Security FR Federal Register NPRM Notice of proposed rulemaking § Section U.S.C. United States Code ■ § 1.280C–4 activities. safety zone for all navigable waters of the Lower Mississippi River, extending the entire width of the river, from mile marker (MM) 405 to MM 408. This emergency safety zone is necessary to protect persons, property, and infrastructure from potential damage and safety hazards associated with vessels transiting this area during high water. This rule prohibits persons and vessels from entering the safety zone area unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port Sector Lower Mississippi River (COTP) or a designated representative. DATES: This rule is effective without actual notice from March 28, 2018 through 7 p.m. on March 31, 2018. For the purposes of enforcement, actual notice will be used from 10 a.m. on March 13, 2018 through March 28, 2018. ADDRESSES: To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to http:// www.regulations.gov, type USCG–2018– 0229 in the ‘‘SEARCH’’ box and click ‘‘SEARCH.’’ Click on ‘‘Open Docket Folder’’ on the line associated with this rule. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this rule, call or email Petty Officer Todd Manow, Sector Lower Mississippi River Prevention Department, U.S. Coast Guard; telephone 901–521–4813, email Todd.M.Manow@uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Kirsten Wielobob, Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement. Approved: March 7, 2018. David J. Kautter, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury (Tax Policy). Coast Guard [Removed] 13185 ACTION: The Coast Guard is establishing an emergency temporary SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\28MRR1.SGM 28MRR1 13186 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 60 / Wednesday, March 28, 2018 / Rules and Regulations enforcement of this safety zone before March 31, 2018 if the high water event ceases. Entry into this safety zone is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the COTP or a designated representative. A designated representative is a commissioned, warrant, or petty officer of the U.S. Coast Guard assigned to units under the operational control of USCG Sector Lower Mississippi River. Requests for entry will be considered and reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The COTP may be contacted by telephone at 1–866–777–2784 or can be reached by VHF–FM channel 16. Persons and vessels permitted to transit this safety zone shall not meet, pass, or overtake any vessel currently transiting, shall maintain slowest speed for safe navigation, and shall comply with all lawful directions issued by the COTP or the designated representative. This safety zone may include closures and/or navigation restrictions and requirements that are vital to maintaining safe navigation on the Lower Mississippi River during the high water. The COTP or a designated representative will inform the public through broadcast notices to mariners of any changes in the restrictions or the enforcement period for the safety zone. III. Legal Authority and Need for Rule The Coast Guard is issuing this rule under authority in 33 U.S.C. 1231. The Captain of the Port Sector Lower Mississippi River (COTP) has determined that there are potential hazards associated with increasing high water, including possible emergency operations to repair damage to power distribution infrastructure taking place on the left descending bank of the Lower Mississippi River between MM 405 and 408 in the vicinity of the Entergy Grand Gulf Nuclear Power Facility, in Port Gibson, MS. Loss of the power distribution lines system would be catastrophic to large areas of Louisiana and Mississippi. This rule is needed to protect persons, property, and infrastructure from potential damage and safety hazards associated with vessels transiting this safety zone during high water. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES protect persons, property and power plant infrastructure from the potential safety hazards associated with vessels transiting this area during high water. This safety zone must be established immediately to protect people and vessels associated with and resulting from the high water and we lack sufficient time to provide a reasonable comment period and then consider those comments before issuing the rule. This safety zone may include closures and/or navigation restrictions and requirements that are vital to maintaining safe navigation on the Lower Mississippi River during the high water. Therefore, delaying the effective date for this emergency safety zone to complete the NPRM process would also be contrary to the public interest as it would delay the safety measures vital to safe navigation. Under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for making it effective less than 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. Delaying the effective date of this rule would be contrary to public interest because immediate action is needed to protect personnel, vessels, and the marine environment from potential hazards created by the increasing high water. 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 protestors. IV. Discussion of the Rule The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone for all navigable waters of the Lower Mississippi River, extending the entire width of the river, from mile marker (MM) 405 to MM 408. Transit into and through this area is prohibited for all traffic beginning at 10 a.m. on March 13, 2018 and will continue through 7 p.m. on March 31, 2018. The COTP will terminate the VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:22 Mar 27, 2018 Jkt 244001 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, this rule 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 size, location, and duration of the safety zone. This emergency safety zone will restrict vessel traffic from entering or transiting through a three-mile section of the navigable waterways of the Lower Mississippi River from mile marker PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (MM) 405 to MM 408, in the vicinity of Port Gibson, MS, from 10 a.m. on March 13, 2018 through 7 p.m. on March 31, 2018. Moreover, the Coast Guard will issue Broadcast Notice to Mariners via VHF–FM marine channel 16 about the zone, and the rule allows 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 rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. While some owners or operators of vessels intending to transit the safety zone may be small entities, for the reasons stated in section V.A above, this rule will not have a significant economic impact on any vessel owner or operator. Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104–121), we want to assist small entities in understanding this rule. If the rule would affect your small business, organization, or governmental jurisdiction and you have questions concerning its provisions or options for compliance, please contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section. Small businesses may send comments on the actions of Federal employees who enforce, or otherwise determine compliance with, Federal regulations to the Small Business and Agriculture Regulatory Enforcement Ombudsman and the Regional Small Business Regulatory Fairness Boards. The Ombudsman evaluates these actions annually and rates each agency’s responsiveness to small business. If you wish to comment on actions by employees of the Coast Guard, call 1– 888–REG–FAIR (1–888–734–3247). The Coast Guard will not retaliate against small entities that question or complain about this rule or any policy or action of the Coast Guard. C. Collection of Information This rule will not call for a new collection of information under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501–3520). E:\FR\FM\28MRR1.SGM 28MRR1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 60 / Wednesday, March 28, 2018 / Rules and Regulations 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 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 does not have a substantial direct effect on one or more Indian tribes, on the relationship between the Federal Government and Indian tribes, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities between the Federal Government and Indian tribes. If you believe this rule has implications for federalism or Indian tribes, please contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section above. E. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1531–1538) requires Federal agencies to assess the effects of their discretionary regulatory actions. In particular, the Act addresses actions that may result in the expenditure by a State, local, or tribal government, in the aggregate, or by the private sector of $100,000,000 (adjusted for inflation) or more in any one year. Though this rule will not result in such expenditure, we do discuss the effects of this rule elsewhere in this preamble. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES F. Environment We have analyzed this rule under Department of Homeland Security Management Directive 023–01 and Commandant Instruction M16475.lD, which guide the Coast Guard in complying with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321–4370f), and have determined that this action is one of a category of actions that do not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment. This rule involves an emergency safety zone lasting approximately nineteen days that will prohibit entry into a three-mile stretch of the Lower Mississippi River during a hazardous high-water event. It is categorically excluded from further review under paragraph L60(d) of VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:22 Mar 27, 2018 Jkt 244001 Appendix A, Table 1 of DHS Instruction Manual 023–01–001–01, Rev. 01. A Record of Environmental Consideration (REC) supporting this determination will be made available in the docket where indicated under ADDRESSES. G. Protest Activities The Coast Guard respects the First Amendment rights of protesters. Protesters are asked to contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section to coordinate protest activities so that your message can be received without jeopardizing the safety or security of people, places, or vessels. List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165 Harbors, Marine safety, Navigation (water), Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Security measures, Waterways. For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 33 CFR part 165 as follows: PART 165—REGULATED NAVIGATION AREAS AND LIMITED ACCESS AREAS 1. The authority citation for part 165 continues to read as follows: 13187 safety zone, contact the COTP or the COTP’s representative by telephone at 1–866–777–2784 or on VHF–FM channel 16. (3) Persons and vessels permitted to enter this safety zone shall not meet, pass, or overtake any vessel currently transiting, shall maintain slowest speed for safe navigation, and shall comply with all lawful directions issued by the COTP or the designated representative. (d) Informational Broadcasts. This safety zone may include closures and/or navigation restrictions and requirements that are vital to maintaining safe navigation on this section of the Lower Mississippi River during the high water. The COTP or a designated representative will inform the public through broadcast notices to mariners of any changes in the enforcement period for the safety zone. Dated: March 12, 2018. R. Tamez, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port Sector Lower Mississippi River. [FR Doc. 2018–06213 Filed 3–27–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P ■ 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. 2. Add § 165.T08–0229 to read as follows: ■ § 165.T08–0229 Safety Zone; Lower Mississippi River; Port Gibson, MS. (a) Location. The following area is a safety zone: All navigable waters of the Lower Mississippi River, extending the entire width of the river, from mile marker (MM) 405 to MM 408, in the vicinity of Port Gibson, MS. (b) Period of enforcement. This section will be enforced from 10 a.m. on March 13, 2018 and will continue through 7 p.m. on March 31, 2018, or until the high-water event ceases, whichever occurs first. (c) Regulations. (1) In accordance with the general regulations in § 165.23, entry of vessels or persons into this zone is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port Sector Lower Mississippi River (COTP) or a designated representative. A designated representative is a commissioned, warrant, or petty officer of the U.S. Coast Guard assigned to units under the operational control of USCG Sector Lower Mississippi River. (2) Vessels requiring entry into this safety zone must request permission from the COTP or a designated representative. To seek entry into the PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 [Docket Number USCG–2018–0086] RIN 1625–AA00 Safety Zone; Pensacola Bay, Pensacola, FL Coast Guard, DHS. Temporary final rule. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone for all navigable waters on Pensacola Bay within 100 yards of each vessel participating in the Tall Ships Pensacola marine event and parade in Pensacola, FL and within 100 yards of the Port of Pensacola for the duration of the marine event and parade. This rule is necessary to provide for the safety of life and property on these navigable waters during the Tall Ships Pensacola marine event. This rule will prohibit persons and vessels from entering the safety zone unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port Sector Mobile (COTP) or a designated representative. DATES: This rule is effective from 8 a.m. on April 12, 2018 through 8 p.m. on April 15, 2018. ADDRESSES: To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to http:// SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\28MRR1.SGM 28MRR1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 60 (Wednesday, March 28, 2018)]
[Rules and Regulations]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-06213]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 165

[Docket Number USCG-2018-0229]
RIN 1625-AA00


Safety Zone; Lower Mississippi River, Port Gibson, MS

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Temporary final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is establishing an emergency temporary safety 
zone for all navigable waters of the Lower Mississippi River, extending 
the entire width of the river, from mile marker (MM) 405 to MM 408. 
This emergency safety zone is necessary to protect persons, property, 
and infrastructure from potential damage and safety hazards associated 
with vessels transiting this area during high water. This rule 
prohibits persons and vessels from entering the safety zone area unless 
specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port Sector Lower 
Mississippi River (COTP) or a designated representative.

DATES: This rule is effective without actual notice from March 28, 2018 
through 7 p.m. on March 31, 2018. For the purposes of enforcement, 
actual notice will be used from 10 a.m. on March 13, 2018 through March 
28, 2018.

ADDRESSES: To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being 
available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov, type USCG-
2018-0229 in the ``SEARCH'' box and click ``SEARCH.'' Click on ``Open 
Docket Folder'' on the line associated with this rule.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this rule, 
call or email Petty Officer Todd Manow, Sector Lower Mississippi River 
Prevention Department, U.S. Coast Guard; telephone 901-521-4813, email 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Table of Abbreviations

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

II. Background Information and Regulatory History

    The Coast Guard is issuing this temporary rule without prior notice 
and opportunity to comment pursuant to authority under section 4(a) of 
the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 553(b)). This 
provision authorizes an agency to issue a rule without prior notice and 
opportunity to comment when the agency for good cause finds that those 
procedures are ``impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public 
interest.'' Under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), the Coast Guard finds that good 
cause exists for not publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) 
with respect to this rule because it is impracticable and contrary to 
the public interest. Increasing high water in this area requires 
immediate action to

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protect persons, property and power plant infrastructure from the 
potential safety hazards associated with vessels transiting this area 
during high water. This safety zone must be established immediately to 
protect people and vessels associated with and resulting from the high 
water and we lack sufficient time to provide a reasonable comment 
period and then consider those comments before issuing the rule. This 
safety zone may include closures and/or navigation restrictions and 
requirements that are vital to maintaining safe navigation on the Lower 
Mississippi River during the high water. Therefore, delaying the 
effective date for this emergency safety zone to complete the NPRM 
process would also be contrary to the public interest as it would delay 
the safety measures vital to safe navigation.
    Under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), the Coast Guard finds that good cause 
exists for making it effective less than 30 days after publication in 
the Federal Register. Delaying the effective date of this rule would be 
contrary to public interest because immediate action is needed to 
protect personnel, vessels, and the marine environment from potential 
hazards created by the increasing high water.

III. Legal Authority and Need for Rule

    The Coast Guard is issuing this rule under authority in 33 U.S.C. 
1231. The Captain of the Port Sector Lower Mississippi River (COTP) has 
determined that there are potential hazards associated with increasing 
high water, including possible emergency operations to repair damage to 
power distribution infrastructure taking place on the left descending 
bank of the Lower Mississippi River between MM 405 and 408 in the 
vicinity of the Entergy Grand Gulf Nuclear Power Facility, in Port 
Gibson, MS. Loss of the power distribution lines system would be 
catastrophic to large areas of Louisiana and Mississippi. This rule is 
needed to protect persons, property, and infrastructure from potential 
damage and safety hazards associated with vessels transiting this 
safety zone during high water.

IV. Discussion of the Rule

    The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone for all 
navigable waters of the Lower Mississippi River, extending the entire 
width of the river, from mile marker (MM) 405 to MM 408. Transit into 
and through this area is prohibited for all traffic beginning at 10 
a.m. on March 13, 2018 and will continue through 7 p.m. on March 31, 
2018. The COTP will terminate the enforcement of this safety zone 
before March 31, 2018 if the high water event ceases. Entry into this 
safety zone is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the COTP or 
a designated representative. A designated representative is a 
commissioned, warrant, or petty officer of the U.S. Coast Guard 
assigned to units under the operational control of USCG Sector Lower 
Mississippi River.
    Requests for entry will be considered and reviewed on a case-by-
case basis. The COTP may be contacted by telephone at 1-866-777-2784 or 
can be reached by VHF-FM channel 16. Persons and vessels permitted to 
transit this safety zone shall not meet, pass, or overtake any vessel 
currently transiting, shall maintain slowest speed for safe navigation, 
and shall comply with all lawful directions issued by the COTP or the 
designated representative.
    This safety zone may include closures and/or navigation 
restrictions and requirements that are vital to maintaining safe 
navigation on the Lower Mississippi River during the high water. The 
COTP or a designated representative will inform the public through 
broadcast notices to mariners of any changes in the restrictions or the 
enforcement period for the safety zone.

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 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 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, this rule 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 size, 
location, and duration of the safety zone. This emergency safety zone 
will restrict vessel traffic from entering or transiting through a 
three-mile section of the navigable waterways of the Lower Mississippi 
River from mile marker (MM) 405 to MM 408, in the vicinity of Port 
Gibson, MS, from 10 a.m. on March 13, 2018 through 7 p.m. on March 31, 
2018. Moreover, the Coast Guard will issue Broadcast Notice to Mariners 
via VHF-FM marine channel 16 about the zone, and the rule allows 
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 rule 
will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of 
small entities.
    While some owners or operators of vessels intending to transit the 
safety zone may be small entities, for the reasons stated in section 
V.A above, this rule will not have a significant economic impact on any 
vessel owner or operator.
    Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement 
Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-121), we want to assist small 
entities in understanding this rule. If the rule would affect your 
small business, organization, or governmental jurisdiction and you have 
questions concerning its provisions or options for compliance, please 
contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT 
section.
    Small businesses may send comments on the actions of Federal 
employees who enforce, or otherwise determine compliance with, Federal 
regulations to the Small Business and Agriculture Regulatory 
Enforcement Ombudsman and the Regional Small Business Regulatory 
Fairness Boards. The Ombudsman evaluates these actions annually and 
rates each agency's responsiveness to small business. If you wish to 
comment on actions by employees of the Coast Guard, call 1-888-REG-FAIR 
(1-888-734-3247). The Coast Guard will not retaliate against small 
entities that question or complain about this rule or any policy or 
action of the Coast Guard.

C. Collection of Information

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

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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 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 does not have a substantial direct effect on 
one or more Indian tribes, on the relationship between the Federal 
Government and Indian tribes, or on the distribution of power and 
responsibilities between the Federal Government and Indian tribes. If 
you believe this rule has implications for federalism or Indian tribes, 
please contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT 
section above.

E. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act

    The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1531-1538) 
requires Federal agencies to assess the effects of their discretionary 
regulatory actions. In particular, the Act addresses actions that may 
result in the expenditure by a State, local, or tribal government, in 
the aggregate, or by the private sector of $100,000,000 (adjusted for 
inflation) or more in any one year. Though this rule will not result in 
such expenditure, we do discuss the effects of this rule elsewhere in 
this preamble.

F. Environment

    We have analyzed this rule under Department of Homeland Security 
Management Directive 023-01 and Commandant Instruction M16475.lD, which 
guide the Coast Guard in complying with the National Environmental 
Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321-4370f), and have determined that 
this action is one of a category of actions that do not individually or 
cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment. This 
rule involves an emergency safety zone lasting approximately nineteen 
days that will prohibit entry into a three-mile stretch of the Lower 
Mississippi River during a hazardous high-water event. It is 
categorically excluded from further review under paragraph L60(d) of 
Appendix A, Table 1 of DHS Instruction Manual 023-01-001-01, Rev. 01. A 
Record of Environmental Consideration (REC) supporting this 
determination will be made available in the docket where indicated 
under ADDRESSES.

G. Protest Activities

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

List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165

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

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

PART 165--REGULATED NAVIGATION AREAS AND LIMITED ACCESS AREAS

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

    Authority:  33 U.S.C. 1231; 50 U.S.C. 191; 33 CFR 1.05-1, 6.04-
1, 6.04-6, and 160.5; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 
0170.1.


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2. Add Sec.  [thinsp]165.T08-0229 to read as follows:


Sec.  [thinsp]165.T08-0229   Safety Zone; Lower Mississippi River; Port 
Gibson, MS.

    (a) Location. The following area is a safety zone: All navigable 
waters of the Lower Mississippi River, extending the entire width of 
the river, from mile marker (MM) 405 to MM 408, in the vicinity of Port 
Gibson, MS.
    (b) Period of enforcement. This section will be enforced from 10 
a.m. on March 13, 2018 and will continue through 7 p.m. on March 31, 
2018, or until the high-water event ceases, whichever occurs first.
    (c) Regulations. (1) In accordance with the general regulations in 
Sec.  [thinsp]165.23, entry of vessels or persons into this zone is 
prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port 
Sector Lower Mississippi River (COTP) or a designated representative. A 
designated representative is a commissioned, warrant, or petty officer 
of the U.S. Coast Guard assigned to units under the operational control 
of USCG Sector Lower Mississippi River.
    (2) Vessels requiring entry into this safety zone must request 
permission from the COTP or a designated representative. To seek entry 
into the safety zone, contact the COTP or the COTP's representative by 
telephone at 1-866-777-2784 or on VHF-FM channel 16.
    (3) Persons and vessels permitted to enter this safety zone shall 
not meet, pass, or overtake any vessel currently transiting, shall 
maintain slowest speed for safe navigation, and shall comply with all 
lawful directions issued by the COTP or the designated representative.
    (d) Informational Broadcasts. This safety zone may include closures 
and/or navigation restrictions and requirements that are vital to 
maintaining safe navigation on this section of the Lower Mississippi 
River during the high water. The COTP or a designated representative 
will inform the public through broadcast notices to mariners of any 
changes in the enforcement period for the safety zone.

    Dated: March 12, 2018.
R. Tamez,
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port Sector Lower Mississippi 
River.
[FR Doc. 2018-06213 Filed 3-27-18; 8:45 am]
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