Regulated Navigation Area; Upper Mississippi River, Sabula Railroad Drawbridge, Mile Marker 535, Sabula, IA, 48954-48957 [2018-21135]

Download as PDF daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES 48954 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 189 / Friday, September 28, 2018 / Rules and Regulations persons or vessels are prohibited from entering into, transiting through, or anchoring in the regulated area, unless authorized by the Patrol Commander (PATCOM). DATES: The regulations in 33 CFR 100.1105 will be enforced from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on October 5, 2018; from 12:50 p.m. until 5 p.m. on October 4, 2018; from 12:50 p.m. until 4 p.m. on October 5, 2018; and from 12:35 p.m. until 4 p.m. on October 6 through 7, 2018 as identified in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this notice of enforcement, call or email Lieutenant Emily Rowan, U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Francisco; telephone (415) 399– 7443 or email at D11-PF-MarineEvents@ uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Coast Guard will enforce the special local regulation for the annual San Francisco Bay Navy Fleet Week Parade of Ships and Blue Angels Demonstration in 33 CFR 100.1105. Regulations for the Navy Parade of Ships will be enforced from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on October 5, 2018; the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Activities will be enforced from 12:50 p.m. until 5 p.m. on October 4, 2018, and from 12:50 p.m. until 4 p.m. on October 5, 2018, and from 12:35 p.m. until 4 p.m. on October 6 through 7, 2018. Under the provisions of 33 CFR 100.1105, except for persons or vessels authorized by the PATCOM, in regulated area ‘‘Alpha’’ no person or vessel may enter or remain within 500 yards ahead of any Navy parade vessel. No person or vessel shall anchor, block, loiter in, or impede the through transit of ship parade participants or official patrol vessels in regulated area ‘‘Alpha.’’ Except for persons or vessels authorized by the PATCOM, no person or vessel may enter or remain within regulated area ‘‘Bravo.’’ When hailed and/or signaled by U.S. Coast Guard patrol personnel by siren, radio, flashing light, or other means, a person or vessel shall come to an immediate stop. Persons or vessels shall comply with all directions given; failure to do so may result in expulsion from the area, citation for failure to comply, or both. The Coast Guard may be assisted by other Federal, State, or local law enforcement agencies in enforcing this regulation. The PATCOM shall be designated by the Commander, Coast Guard Sector San Francisco, California. The PATCOM is empowered to forbid and control the movement of all vessels in the regulated area. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:35 Sep 27, 2018 Jkt 244001 This notice of enforcement is issued under authority of 33 U.S.C. 1233. In addition to this notification in the Federal Register, the Coast Guard will provide the maritime community with extensive advance notification of the regulated area and its enforcement period via the Local Notice to Mariners, and Broadcast Notice to Mariners. Dated: September 20, 2018. Anthony J. Ceraolo, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port San Francisco. [FR Doc. 2018–21094 Filed 9–27–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 [Docket Number USCG–2018–0917] RIN 1625–AA11 Regulated Navigation Area; Upper Mississippi River, Sabula Railroad Drawbridge, Mile Marker 535, Sabula, IA Coast Guard, DHS. ACTION: Temporary final rule; request for comments. AGENCY: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary regulated navigation area (RNA) for certain navigable waters of the Upper Mississippi River under one of the navigable spans of the Sabula Railroad Drawbridge at mile marker (MM) 535. The RNA is necessary to protect persons, vessels, and the marine environment from potential hazards associated with emergency repair work to the Sabula Railroad Bridge following a vessel’s allision with the bridge. This regulation applies only to southbound vessel transits through the RNA, and depending on the water flow as measured from Lock and Dam 12, this regulation either prohibits transit or establishes operating requirements unless a deviation is authorized by the Captain of the Port Sector Upper Mississippi River or a designated representative. We invite your comments on this rulemaking. DATES: This rule is effective without actual notice from September 28, 2018 through November 30, 2018. For the purposes of enforcement, actual notice will be used from September 24, 2018 through September 28, 2018. Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before October 15, 2018. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to https:// www.regulations.gov, type USCG–2018– 0917 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 Lieutenant Commander Kody Stitz, Sector Upper Mississippi River Prevention Department U.S. Coast Guard; telephone 314–269–2568, email Kody.J.Stitz@uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: I. Table of Abbreviations CFR Code of Federal Regulations COTP Captain of the Port Sector Upper Mississippi River DHS Department of Homeland Security FR Federal Register NPRM Notice of proposed rulemaking § 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)(3)(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. On September 16, 2018, a vessel allided with the Sabula Railroad Drawbridge and immediate action is needed to respond to the potential hazards associated with emergency bridge repairs. It is impracticable to publish an NPRM because we must establish this regulated navigation area as soon as possible. The NPRM process would delay establishment of the regulated navigation area until after the emergency repairs are necessary and compromise public safety. However, the Coast Guard is providing an opportunity to comment while the rule is in effect and may amend the rule after it becomes effective, if necessary. Under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for making this rule effective less than 30 days after publication in the Federal E:\FR\FM\28SER1.SGM 28SER1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 189 / Friday, September 28, 2018 / Rules and Regulations Register. Delaying the effective date of this rule would be contrary to public interest because immediate action is needed to respond to the potential safety hazards associated with emergency bridge repairs. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES III. Legal Authority and Need for Rule The Coast Guard is issuing this rule under authority in 33 U.S.C. 1231. The Eighth District Commander has determined that potential hazards associated with emergency bridge repairs following an allision will be a safety concern for vessels transiting southbound through the right descending span, also known as Iowa span, of the Sabula Railroad Drawbridge. This rule is necessary to protect persons, vessels, and the marine environment on the navigable waters of the Upper Mississippi River while the bridge is being repaired. The duration of this rule is intended to cover the period of emergency repairs. IV. Discussion of the Rule This rule establishes a temporary regulated navigation area from September 21, 2018 through November 30, 2018, or until the emergency bridge repairs are completed, whichever occurs first. The regulated area covers all navigable waters of the Upper Mississippi River under the right descending bank span, also known as the Iowa span, of the Sabula Railroad Drawbridge at mile marker (MM) 535. This rule applies only to southbound vessel transits through the RNA, and depending on the water flow as measured from Lock and Dam 12, this regulation either prohibits transit or establishes operating requirements unless a deviation is authorized by the Captain of the Port Sector Upper Mississippi River or a designated representative. When the water flow rate as measured from Lock and Dam 12 is 100kcfs or greater, vessels are prohibited from transiting southbound through the RNA unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Sector Upper Mississippi River (COTP) or a designated representative. When the water flow rate as measured from Lock and Dam 12 is less than 100kcfs, vessels may transit southbound through the RNA only if navigating at their slowest safe speed and avoiding contact with any part of the Sabula Railroad Drawbridge and the unprotected rest pier located on the right descending side of the Sabula Railroad Drawbridge. When the water flow rate as measured from Lock and Dam 12 is less than 100kcfs, vessels engaged in towing may transit southbound through the RNA VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:35 Sep 27, 2018 Jkt 244001 only if the size of the tow does not exceed 15 barges, the towing vessels possess a minimum of 250 horsepower per loaded barge in the tow, and the towing vessel uses an assist vessel of at least 1,000 horsepower when pushing three or more barges. If an assist vessel is required by this rule, the assist vessel and the towing vessel must discuss a plan to transit through the RNA before doing so and both the assist vessel and the towing vessel must be capable of continuous two-way voice communication during the transit. The COTP or a designated representative may review, on a case-bycase basis, alternatives to the minimum operating or towing requirements set forth in this rule and may approve a deviation from these requirements should they provide an equivalent level of safety. The COTP or a designated representative may determine, on a case-by-case basis, that although the conditions triggering the RNA may be met, the current potential hazards do not require that each requirement of the RNA be enforced and that only certain of the above-prescribed restrictions are necessary under the circumstances. The COTP or a designated representative may consider environmental factors, the water flow rate at Lock and Dam 12, mitigating safety factors, and the completion progress of the bridge repairs among other factors. The COTP or a designated representative will broadcast notice of such determination and any subsequent changes. Notice that these vessel operational conditions are anticipated to be put into effect, or are in effect, will be given by Broadcast Notice to Mariners, Local Notices to Mariners, Marine Safety Information Broadcasts, and/or actual notice, as appropriate. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 48955 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 limited applicability of rule, the availability of an alternate route, and the ability of the COTP to issue a deviation from the requirements of this rule or suspend enforcement of this rule on a case-by-case basis. This rule only affects southbound vessel transits through the RNA; northbound vessels may transit the RNA at any time without restrictions. In addition, the regulated area only covers the navigable waters under the span of the Sabula Railroad Drawbridge that was damaged in the allision, the right descending span, or Iowa span, of the bridge. Vessels may transit north or southbound through the left descending span, or Illinois span, at any time without restriction. Finally, this rule allows vessels to seek permission to transit through the RNA and/or deviate from the operating requirements, and also allows the COTP to suspend enforcement of particular provisions of the RNA under appropriate circumstances. 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 temporary regulated area 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. E:\FR\FM\28SER1.SGM 28SER1 48956 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 189 / Friday, September 28, 2018 / Rules and Regulations 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). daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES 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 an expenditure, VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:35 Sep 27, 2018 Jkt 244001 we do discuss the effects of this rule elsewhere in this preamble. F. Environment We have analyzed this rule under Department of Homeland Security Directive 023–01 and Commandant Instruction M16475.1D, 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 a regulated navigation area lasting approximately two months that prohibits entry or establishes vessel operating requirements for southbound transits through the right descending span of the Sabula Railroad Drawbridge on the Upper Mississippi River while emergency repairs are made to the bridge. 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 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. 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. The Coast Guard may amend this temporary final rule if we receive comments from the public that indicate that a change is warranted. 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. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 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 final rule 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 website’s instructions. Additionally, if you go to the online docket and sign up for email alerts, you will be notified when comments are posted. 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: ■ 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.T08–0917 to read as follows: ■ § 165.T08–0917 Regulated Navigation Area; Upper Mississippi River, Sabula Railroad Drawbridge, Mile Marker 535, Sabula, IA. (a) Location. The following area is a regulated navigation area (RNA): All navigable waters of the Upper Mississippi River under the right descending bank span, also known as the Iowa span, of the Sabula Railroad Drawbridge at mile marker (MM) 535. (b) Effective period. This section is effective from September 21, 2018 through November 30, 2018, or until the emergency bridge repairs are completed, whichever occurs first. (c) Applicability. This section only applies to vessels transiting southbound through the RNA. (d) Regulations. (1) In accordance with the general regulations contained in 33 CFR 165.10, 165.11, and 165.13, when the water flow rate as measured from Lock and Dam 12 is 100kcfs or greater, vessels are prohibited from transiting southbound through the RNA unless authorized by the Captain of the E:\FR\FM\28SER1.SGM 28SER1 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 189 / Friday, September 28, 2018 / Rules and Regulations Port Sector Upper Mississippi River (COTP) or a designated representative. (2) When the water flow rate as measured from Lock and Dam 12 is less than 100kcfs, vessels may transit southbound through the RNA only under the following conditions: (i) Vessels operate at their slowest safe speed; and (ii) Vessels avoid contacting any part of the Sabula Railroad Drawbridge and the unprotected rest pier located on the right descending side of the Sabula Railroad Drawbridge. (3) When the water flow rate as measured from Lock and Dam 12 is less than 100kcfs, vessels engaged in towing may transit southbound through the RNA only under the following conditions: (i) The size of the tow does not exceed 15 barges; and (ii) The towing vessel possesses a minimum of 250 horsepower per loaded barge in the tow; and (iii) When pushing three or more barges, an assist vessel of at least 1,000 horsepower is utilized. (4) If an assist vessel is required under this section, before entering the RNA: (i) The assist vessel and the tow vessel shall discuss a plan to transit through the bridge, and (ii) Both the assist vessel and the towing vessel shall be capable of continuous two-way voice communication while transiting through the bridge. (5) The COTP or a designated representative may review, on a case-bycase basis, alternatives to the minimum operating or towing requirements and conditions set forth in subparagraphs (d)(2)–(d)(4) of this section and may approve a deviation to these requirements and conditions should they provide an equivalent level of safety. (6) The COTP or a designated representative may determine, on a case-by-case basis, that although the conditions triggering the RNA may be met, the current potential hazards do not require that each requirement of the RNA be enforced and that only certain of the above-prescribed restrictions are necessary under the circumstances. The COTP or a designated representative may consider environmental factors, the water flow rate at Lock and Dam 12, mitigating safety factors, and the completion progress of bridge the repairs among other factors. The COTP or a designated representative shall broadcast such notice of such determination and any changes under the provisions of paragraph (e). (e) Notice of requirements. Notice that these vessel operational conditions are VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:35 Sep 27, 2018 Jkt 244001 anticipated to be put into effect, or are in effect, will be given by Broadcast Notice to Mariners, Local Notices to Mariners, Marine Safety Information Broadcasts, and/or actual notice, as appropriate. Dated: September 24, 2018 P.F. Thomas, Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. 2018–21135 Filed 9–27–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management 43 CFR Part 3000 [18X.LLWO310000.L13100000.PP0000] RIN 1004–AE57 Minerals Management: Adjustment of Cost Recovery Fees Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: This final rule updates the fees set forth in the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mineral resources regulations for the processing of certain minerals program-related actions. It also adjusts certain filing fees for mineralsrelated documents. These updated fees include those for actions such as lease renewals and mineral patent adjudications. SUMMARY: This final rule is effective October 1, 2018. ADDRESSES: You may send inquiries or suggestions to Director (630), Bureau of Land Management, 2134LM, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240; Attention: RIN 1004–AE57. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Wells, Chief, Division of Fluid Minerals, 202–912–7143; Mitch Leverette, Chief, Division of Solid Minerals, 202–912–7114; or Mark Purdy, Regulatory Affairs, 202–912– 7635. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may leave a message for these individuals with the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800–877–8339, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DATES: I. Background The BLM has specific authority to charge fees for processing applications and other documents relating to public lands under section 304 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), 43 U.S.C. 1734. In 2005, PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 48957 the BLM published a final cost recovery rule (70 FR 58854) establishing or revising fees and service charges for processing documents related to its minerals programs (2005 Cost Recovery Rule). In addition, the 2005 Cost Recovery Rule also established the method the BLM would use to adjust those fees and service charges on an annual basis. At 43 CFR 3000.12(a), the regulations provide that the BLM will annually adjust fees established in subchapter C (43 CFR parts 3000 through 3900) according to changes in the Implicit Price Deflator for Gross Domestic Product (IPD–GDP), which is published quarterly by the U.S. Department of Commerce. See also 43 CFR 3000.10. This final rule updates those fees and service charges consistent with that direction. The fee adjustments in this rule are based on the mathematical formula set forth in the 2005 Cost Recovery Rule. The public had an opportunity to comment on that adjustment procedure as part of the 2005 rulemaking. Accordingly, the Department of the Interior for good cause finds under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) and (d)(3) that notice and public comment procedures are unnecessary and that the fee adjustments in this rule may be effective less than 30 days after publication. See 43 CFR 3000.10(c). II. Discussion of Final Rule As set forth in the 2005 Cost Recovery Rule, the fee updates are based on the change in the IPD–GDP. The BLM’s minerals program publishes the updated cost recovery fees, which become effective on October 1, the start of the fiscal year (FY). Since the BLM did not publish a fee update for FY 2018, this rule updates the cost recovery fees from FY 2017 for FY 2019. The update is based on the change in the IPD–GDP from the 4th Quarter of 2015 to the 4th Quarter of 2017 and reflects the rate of inflation over a two-year time period (or eight calendar quarters). Under this rule, 17 fees will remain the same and 31 fees will increase. Of the 31 fees that are being increased by this rule, 18 of the increases are equal to $5 each. The largest increase, $105, will be applied to the fee for adjudicating a mineral patent application containing more than 10 claims, which will increase from $3,110 to $3,215. The fee for adjudicating a patent application containing 10 or fewer claims will increase by $50, from $1,555 to $1,605. The calculations that resulted in the new fees are included in the table below: E:\FR\FM\28SER1.SGM 28SER1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 189 (Friday, September 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: 2018-21135]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 165

[Docket Number USCG-2018-0917]
RIN 1625-AA11


Regulated Navigation Area; Upper Mississippi River, Sabula 
Railroad Drawbridge, Mile Marker 535, Sabula, IA

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Temporary final rule; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary regulated 
navigation area (RNA) for certain navigable waters of the Upper 
Mississippi River under one of the navigable spans of the Sabula 
Railroad Drawbridge at mile marker (MM) 535. The RNA is necessary to 
protect persons, vessels, and the marine environment from potential 
hazards associated with emergency repair work to the Sabula Railroad 
Bridge following a vessel's allision with the bridge. This regulation 
applies only to southbound vessel transits through the RNA, and 
depending on the water flow as measured from Lock and Dam 12, this 
regulation either prohibits transit or establishes operating 
requirements unless a deviation is authorized by the Captain of the 
Port Sector Upper Mississippi River or a designated representative. We 
invite your comments on this rulemaking.

DATES: This rule is effective without actual notice from September 28, 
2018 through November 30, 2018. For the purposes of enforcement, actual 
notice will be used from September 24, 2018 through September 28, 2018. 
Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or 
before October 15, 2018.

ADDRESSES: To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being 
available in the docket, go to https://www.regulations.gov, type USCG-
2018-0917 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 Lieutenant Commander Kody Stitz, Sector Upper Mississippi 
River Prevention Department U.S. Coast Guard; telephone 314-269-2568, 
email [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Table of Abbreviations

CFR Code of Federal Regulations
COTP Captain of the Port Sector Upper 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)(3)(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. On 
September 16, 2018, a vessel allided with the Sabula Railroad 
Drawbridge and immediate action is needed to respond to the potential 
hazards associated with emergency bridge repairs. It is impracticable 
to publish an NPRM because we must establish this regulated navigation 
area as soon as possible. The NPRM process would delay establishment of 
the regulated navigation area until after the emergency repairs are 
necessary and compromise public safety. However, the Coast Guard is 
providing an opportunity to comment while the rule is in effect and may 
amend the rule after it becomes effective, if necessary.
    Under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), the Coast Guard finds that good cause 
exists for making this rule effective less than 30 days after 
publication in the Federal

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Register. Delaying the effective date of this rule would be contrary to 
public interest because immediate action is needed to respond to the 
potential safety hazards associated with emergency bridge repairs.

III. Legal Authority and Need for Rule

    The Coast Guard is issuing this rule under authority in 33 U.S.C. 
1231. The Eighth District Commander has determined that potential 
hazards associated with emergency bridge repairs following an allision 
will be a safety concern for vessels transiting southbound through the 
right descending span, also known as Iowa span, of the Sabula Railroad 
Drawbridge. This rule is necessary to protect persons, vessels, and the 
marine environment on the navigable waters of the Upper Mississippi 
River while the bridge is being repaired. The duration of this rule is 
intended to cover the period of emergency repairs.

IV. Discussion of the Rule

    This rule establishes a temporary regulated navigation area from 
September 21, 2018 through November 30, 2018, or until the emergency 
bridge repairs are completed, whichever occurs first. The regulated 
area covers all navigable waters of the Upper Mississippi River under 
the right descending bank span, also known as the Iowa span, of the 
Sabula Railroad Drawbridge at mile marker (MM) 535. This rule applies 
only to southbound vessel transits through the RNA, and depending on 
the water flow as measured from Lock and Dam 12, this regulation either 
prohibits transit or establishes operating requirements unless a 
deviation is authorized by the Captain of the Port Sector Upper 
Mississippi River or a designated representative.
    When the water flow rate as measured from Lock and Dam 12 is 
100kcfs or greater, vessels are prohibited from transiting southbound 
through the RNA unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Sector 
Upper Mississippi River (COTP) or a designated representative. When the 
water flow rate as measured from Lock and Dam 12 is less than 100kcfs, 
vessels may transit southbound through the RNA only if navigating at 
their slowest safe speed and avoiding contact with any part of the 
Sabula Railroad Drawbridge and the unprotected rest pier located on the 
right descending side of the Sabula Railroad Drawbridge.
    When the water flow rate as measured from Lock and Dam 12 is less 
than 100kcfs, vessels engaged in towing may transit southbound through 
the RNA only if the size of the tow does not exceed 15 barges, the 
towing vessels possess a minimum of 250 horsepower per loaded barge in 
the tow, and the towing vessel uses an assist vessel of at least 1,000 
horsepower when pushing three or more barges. If an assist vessel is 
required by this rule, the assist vessel and the towing vessel must 
discuss a plan to transit through the RNA before doing so and both the 
assist vessel and the towing vessel must be capable of continuous two-
way voice communication during the transit.
    The COTP or a designated representative may review, on a case-by-
case basis, alternatives to the minimum operating or towing 
requirements set forth in this rule and may approve a deviation from 
these requirements should they provide an equivalent level of safety. 
The COTP or a designated representative may determine, on a case-by-
case basis, that although the conditions triggering the RNA may be met, 
the current potential hazards do not require that each requirement of 
the RNA be enforced and that only certain of the above-prescribed 
restrictions are necessary under the circumstances. The COTP or a 
designated representative may consider environmental factors, the water 
flow rate at Lock and Dam 12, mitigating safety factors, and the 
completion progress of the bridge repairs among other factors. The COTP 
or a designated representative will broadcast notice of such 
determination and any subsequent changes. Notice that these vessel 
operational conditions are anticipated to be put into effect, or are in 
effect, will be given by Broadcast Notice to Mariners, Local Notices to 
Mariners, Marine Safety Information Broadcasts, and/or actual notice, 
as appropriate.

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 limited 
applicability of rule, the availability of an alternate route, and the 
ability of the COTP to issue a deviation from the requirements of this 
rule or suspend enforcement of this rule on a case-by-case basis. This 
rule only affects southbound vessel transits through the RNA; 
northbound vessels may transit the RNA at any time without 
restrictions. In addition, the regulated area only covers the navigable 
waters under the span of the Sabula Railroad Drawbridge that was 
damaged in the allision, the right descending span, or Iowa span, of 
the bridge. Vessels may transit north or southbound through the left 
descending span, or Illinois span, at any time without restriction. 
Finally, this rule allows vessels to seek permission to transit through 
the RNA and/or deviate from the operating requirements, and also allows 
the COTP to suspend enforcement of particular provisions of the RNA 
under appropriate circumstances.

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 
temporary regulated area 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.

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    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).

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 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 
Directive 023-01 and Commandant Instruction M16475.1D, 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 
a regulated navigation area lasting approximately two months that 
prohibits entry or establishes vessel operating requirements for 
southbound transits through the right descending span of the Sabula 
Railroad Drawbridge on the Upper Mississippi River while emergency 
repairs are made to the bridge. 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 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.

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. The Coast Guard may amend this temporary final rule if we 
receive comments from the public that indicate that a change is 
warranted. 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.
    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 final rule 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 
website's instructions. Additionally, if you go to the online docket 
and sign up for email alerts, you will be notified when comments are 
posted.

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.  165.T08-0917 to read as follows:


Sec.  165.T08-0917  Regulated Navigation Area; Upper Mississippi River, 
Sabula Railroad Drawbridge, Mile Marker 535, Sabula, IA.

    (a) Location. The following area is a regulated navigation area 
(RNA): All navigable waters of the Upper Mississippi River under the 
right descending bank span, also known as the Iowa span, of the Sabula 
Railroad Drawbridge at mile marker (MM) 535.
    (b) Effective period. This section is effective from September 21, 
2018 through November 30, 2018, or until the emergency bridge repairs 
are completed, whichever occurs first.
    (c) Applicability. This section only applies to vessels transiting 
southbound through the RNA.
    (d) Regulations. (1) In accordance with the general regulations 
contained in 33 CFR 165.10, 165.11, and 165.13, when the water flow 
rate as measured from Lock and Dam 12 is 100kcfs or greater, vessels 
are prohibited from transiting southbound through the RNA unless 
authorized by the Captain of the

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Port Sector Upper Mississippi River (COTP) or a designated 
representative.
    (2) When the water flow rate as measured from Lock and Dam 12 is 
less than 100kcfs, vessels may transit southbound through the RNA only 
under the following conditions:
    (i) Vessels operate at their slowest safe speed; and
    (ii) Vessels avoid contacting any part of the Sabula Railroad 
Drawbridge and the unprotected rest pier located on the right 
descending side of the Sabula Railroad Drawbridge.
    (3) When the water flow rate as measured from Lock and Dam 12 is 
less than 100kcfs, vessels engaged in towing may transit southbound 
through the RNA only under the following conditions:
    (i) The size of the tow does not exceed 15 barges; and
    (ii) The towing vessel possesses a minimum of 250 horsepower per 
loaded barge in the tow; and
    (iii) When pushing three or more barges, an assist vessel of at 
least 1,000 horsepower is utilized.
    (4) If an assist vessel is required under this section, before 
entering the RNA:
    (i) The assist vessel and the tow vessel shall discuss a plan to 
transit through the bridge, and
    (ii) Both the assist vessel and the towing vessel shall be capable 
of continuous two-way voice communication while transiting through the 
bridge.
    (5) The COTP or a designated representative may review, on a case-
by-case basis, alternatives to the minimum operating or towing 
requirements and conditions set forth in subparagraphs (d)(2)-(d)(4) of 
this section and may approve a deviation to these requirements and 
conditions should they provide an equivalent level of safety.
    (6) The COTP or a designated representative may determine, on a 
case-by-case basis, that although the conditions triggering the RNA may 
be met, the current potential hazards do not require that each 
requirement of the RNA be enforced and that only certain of the above-
prescribed restrictions are necessary under the circumstances. The COTP 
or a designated representative may consider environmental factors, the 
water flow rate at Lock and Dam 12, mitigating safety factors, and the 
completion progress of bridge the repairs among other factors. The COTP 
or a designated representative shall broadcast such notice of such 
determination and any changes under the provisions of paragraph (e).
    (e) Notice of requirements. Notice that these vessel operational 
conditions are anticipated to be put into effect, or are in effect, 
will be given by Broadcast Notice to Mariners, Local Notices to 
Mariners, Marine Safety Information Broadcasts, and/or actual notice, 
as appropriate.

    Dated: September 24, 2018
P.F. Thomas,
Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District.
[FR Doc. 2018-21135 Filed 9-27-18; 8:45 am]
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