Safety Zone, North Washington Street Bridge Replacement Project, Charles River, Boston, MA, 46498-46501 [2019-19048]

Download as PDF 46498 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 171 / Wednesday, September 4, 2019 / Proposed Rules PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): ■ The Boeing Company: Docket No. FAA– 2019–0670; Product Identifier 2019– NM–104–AD. (i) Terminating Action (a) Comments Due Date The FAA must receive comments by October 21, 2019. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to The Boeing Company Model 737–200, –200C, –300, –400, and –500 series airplanes, certificated in any category, as identified in Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin 737–53A1382 RB, dated May 6, 2019. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 53, Fuselage. (e) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by an evaluation by the design approval holder (DAH) indicating that the lower skin of the fuselage skin lap splices along the lower fastener row of the stringer (S)-14 lap splice on certain body station skin panels is subject to widespread fatigue damage (WFD). The FAA is issuing this AD to address scratch cracks and fatigue cracking which may interact and could result in rapid decompression or loss of structural integrity of the airplane. jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with PROPOSALS (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Required Actions Except as specified by paragraph (h) of this AD: At the applicable times specified in the ‘‘Compliance’’ paragraph of Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin 737–53A1382 RB, dated May 6, 2019, do all applicable actions identified in, and in accordance with, the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin 737–53A1382 RB, dated May 6, 2019. Note 1 to paragraph (g): Guidance for accomplishing the actions required by this AD can be found in Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737–53A1382, dated May 6, 2019, which is referred to in Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin 737–53A1382 RB, dated May 6, 2019. (h) Exceptions to Service Information Specifications (1) For purposes of determining compliance with the requirements of this AD: Where Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:53 Sep 03, 2019 Jkt 247001 737–53A1382 RB, dated May 6, 2019 uses the phrase ‘‘the original issue date of Requirements Bulletin 737–53A1382 RB,’’ this AD requires using ‘‘the effective date of this AD.’’ (2) Where Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin 737–53A1382 RB, dated May 6, 2019, specifies contacting Boeing for repair instructions or for alternative inspections: This AD requires doing the repair, or doing the alternative inspections and applicable oncondition actions using a method approved in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (j) of this AD. Issued in Des Moines, Washington, on August 23, 2019. Suzanne Masterson, Acting Director, System Oversight Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2019–18980 Filed 9–3–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard Certain skin panel replacements identified as terminating action in Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin 737–53A1382 RB, dated May 6, 2019, terminate the inspections in the corresponding locations required by this AD. 33 CFR Part 165 (j) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) Safety Zone, North Washington Street Bridge Replacement Project, Charles River, Boston, MA (1) The Manager, Los Angeles ACO Branch, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the manager of the certification office, send it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (k)(1) of this AD. Information may be emailed to: 9ANM-LAACO-AMOC-Requests@faa.gov. (2) Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/ certificate holding district office. (3) An AMOC that provides an acceptable level of safety may be used for any repair, modification, or alteration required by this AD if it is approved by The Boeing Company Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) that has been authorized by the Manager, Los Angeles ACO Branch, FAA, to make those findings. To be approved, the repair method, modification deviation, or alteration deviation must meet the certification basis of the airplane, and the approval must specifically refer to this AD. Docket Number USCG–2019–0606] RIN 1625–AA00 Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of proposed rulemaking. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard proposes to establish a temporary safety zone for the navigable waters within 100 yards of the North Washington Street Bridge, Charles River, Boston, Massachusetts, from December 1, 2019 through December 31, 2023. The temporary safety zone is necessary to protect personnel, vessels, and the marine environment from potential hazards created during the replacement project of the North Washington Street Bridge. When enforced, this proposed rule would prohibit vessels and persons from being in the safety zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Boston or a designated representative. We invite your comments on this proposed rulemaking. SUMMARY: Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before October 4, 2019. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments (k) Related Information identified by docket number USCG– (1) For more information about this AD, 2019–0606 using the Federal contact James Guo, Aerospace Engineer, eRulemaking Portal at http:// Airframe Section, FAA, Los Angeles ACO www.regulations.gov. See the ‘‘Public Branch, 3960 Paramount Boulevard, Lakewood, CA 90712–4137; phone: 562–627– Participation and Request for 5357; fax: 562–627–5210; email: james.guo@ Comments’’ portion of the faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for (2) For service information identified in further instructions on submitting this AD, contact Boeing Commercial comments. Airplanes, Attention: Contractual & Data Services (C&DS), 2600 Westminster Blvd., MC 110–SK57, Seal Beach, CA 90740–5600; phone: 562–797–1717; internet: https:// www.myboeingfleet.com. You may view this referenced service information at the FAA, Transport Standards Branch, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 206–231–3195. PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 DATES: If you have questions about this proposed rulemaking, call or email Mark Cutter, Waterways Management Division, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Boston, telephone 617–223–4000, email Mark.E.Cutter@ uscg.mil. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\04SEP1.SGM 04SEP1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 171 / Wednesday, September 4, 2019 / Proposed Rules marine environment from potential hazards created during the replacement project of the North Washington Street Bridge, Charles River, Boston, Massachusetts. The Coast Guard is proposing this rulemaking under authority in 46 U.S.C. 70034 (previously 33 U.S.C. 1231). I. Table of Abbreviations jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with PROPOSALS CFR Code of Federal Regulations COTP Captain of the Port DHS Department of Homeland Security FR Federal Register NPRM Notice of proposed rulemaking NAD 83 North American Datum 1983 § Section U.S.C. United States Code MassDOT Massachusetts Department of Transportation II. Background, Purpose, and Legal Basis Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) notified Sector Boston that there will be times in which the navigable channels underneath the North Washington Street Bridge, Charles River, Boston, Massachusetts, will need to be closed for the removal of the old bridge spans, demolition of the swing span pier foundation, construction of the abutment, and replacement of the span. The exact times are currently unknown. However, every effort is being made by the MassDOT and contractor to schedule these closures during the winter months when the Charles River is iced over or during the fall and spring when boating traffic is minimal. The replacement project started in the summer of 2018 and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2023. The COTP Boston determined that the potential hazards associated with the removal of the old bridge spans, demolition of the swing span pier foundation, construction of the abutment, and replacement of the span will be a safety concern for anyone within the work area. The proposed temporary safety zone would be enforced during the removal of the old bridge spans, demolition of the swing span pier foundation, construction of the abutment, and replacement of the span or when other hazards to navigation arise. No vessel or person will be permitted to enter the proposed temporary safety zone without obtaining permission from the COTP or a designated representative. The Coast Guard will notify the public of closures through the Massachusetts Bay Harbor Safety Committee meetings, Boston’s Port Operators Group meetings, Local Notice to Mariners, and through the Massachusetts Boating & Yacht Clubs Associations network. The Coast Guard will issue a Safety Marine Information Broadcast (SMIB) via marine channel 16 (VHF–FM) seven days in advance of the commencement of the proposed safety zone. The purpose of this rulemaking is to protect personnel, vessels, and the VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:53 Sep 03, 2019 Jkt 247001 III. Discussion of Proposed Rule The Coast Guard is proposing to establish a safety zone starting at 12:01 a.m. on December 1, 2019, to 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2023. The safety zone would cover all navigable waters within 100 yards of the North Washington Street Bridge, Charles River, Boston, Massachusetts. The safety zone will only be enforced during periods when work barges and cranes will be placed in the navigable channel or when other hazards to navigation exist. Any closure is expected to last less than two weeks. The duration of the zone is intended to ensure the safety of vessels, the maritime public, construction workers, and the marine environment during periods of replacement of the North Washington Street Bridge, over the main channel at the entrance of the Charles River, Boston, Massachusetts. During the enforcement period, all vessels and persons must obtain permission from the COTP Boston or a designated representative before entering the safety zone. IV. Regulatory Analyses We developed this proposed rule after considering numerous statutes and Executive orders related to rulemaking. Below we summarize our analyses based on a number of these statutes and Executive orders and we discuss First Amendment rights of protestors. A. Regulatory Planning and Review Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess the costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize net benefits. Executive Order 13771 directs agencies to control regulatory costs through a budgeting process. This proposed rule has not been designated a ‘‘significant regulatory action,’’ under Executive Order 12866. Accordingly, the proposed 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, duration, and time of year of the safety zone. There may be a time during the boating summer season that the safety zone PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 46499 needs to be enforced. However, MassDOT and the contractor are making all attempts to schedule these needed closures during the winter months when the Charles River is iced over or during the fall and spring when boating traffic is minimal. We expect the adverse economic impact of this proposed rule to be minimal. We will provide ample notice of the safety zone effective dates and vessels will be able to enter the safety zone when construction equipment is not occupying the channel. Although this regulation may have some adverse impact on the public, the potential impact will be minimal because the boating season for vessels on the Charles River usually begins in early May and concludes in October. If a summer time closure is needed, with the exception of an emergency, we will coordinate with MassDOT, the contractor, and the Harbormaster to ensure that all alternatives are explored, the duration is of the shortest possible timeframe, and a minimum of two weeks notification has been given to the boating public via Local Notice to Mariners, Safety Marine Information Broadcast via marine channel 16 (VHF–FM) and through the Massachusetts Boating & Yacht Clubs Associations network. B. Impact on Small Entities The Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980, 5 U.S.C. 601–612, as amended, requires Federal agencies to consider the potential impact of regulations on small entities during rulemaking. The term ‘‘small entities’’ comprises small businesses, not-for-profit organizations that are independently owned and operated and are not dominant in their fields, and governmental jurisdictions with populations of less than 50,000. The Coast Guard certifies under 5 U.S.C. 605(b) that this proposed rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. While some owners or operators of vessels intending to transit this safety zone may be small entities, for the reasons stated in section IV.A above, this proposed rule will not have a significant economic impact on any vessel owner or operator. If you think that your business, organization, or governmental jurisdiction qualifies as a small entity and that this rule would have a significant economic impact on it, please submit a comment (see ADDRESSES) explaining why you think it qualifies and how and to what degree this rule would economically affect it. Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104–121), E:\FR\FM\04SEP1.SGM 04SEP1 46500 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 171 / Wednesday, September 4, 2019 / Proposed Rules 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. The Coast Guard will not retaliate against small entities that question or complain about this proposed rule or any policy or action of the Coast Guard. C. Collection of Information This proposed rule would not call for a new collection of information under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501–3520). D. Federalism and Indian Tribal Governments A rule has implications for federalism under Executive Order 13132 (Federalism), if it has a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. We have analyzed this proposed rule under that Order and have determined that it is consistent with the fundamental federalism principles and preemption requirements described in Executive Order 13132. Also, this proposed rule does not have tribal implications under Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments, because it would not have a substantial direct effect on one or more Indian tribes, on the relationship between the Federal Government and Indian tribes, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities between the Federal Government and Indian tribes. If you believe this proposed rule has implications for federalism or Indian tribes, please contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section. jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with PROPOSALS E. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1531–1538) requires Federal agencies to assess the effects of their discretionary regulatory actions. In particular, the Act addresses actions that may result in the expenditure by a State, local, or tribal government, in the aggregate, or by the private sector of $100,000,000 (adjusted for inflation) or more in any one year. Though this proposed rule would not result in such an expenditure, we do discuss the effects of this rule elsewhere in this preamble. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:53 Sep 03, 2019 Jkt 247001 F. Environment We have analyzed this proposed rule under Department of Homeland Security Directive 023–01 and Environmental Planning COMDTINST 5090.1 (series), which guide the Coast Guard in complying with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321–4370f), and have made a preliminary determination that this action is one of a category of actions that do not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment. This proposed rule involves the establishment of a temporary safety zone for the navigable waters within 100 yards of the North Washington Street Bridge, Charles River, Boston, Massachusetts, from December 1, 2019 through December 31, 2023 for the replacement of the bridge. The safety zone will only be enforced during periods when work barges and cranes will be placed in the navigable channel or when other hazards to navigation arise. As discussed in our pre-construction meeting, any closure is expected to be of less than a two-week duration and all attempts are being made by MassDOT and contractor to schedule these closures during winter months when there is no boating traffic or during the spring and fall season when boating traffic is minimal. Normally, such actions are categorically excluded from further review under paragraph L60(a) of Table 3–1 of U.S. Coast Guard Environmental Planning Implementing Procedures 5090.1. A preliminary Record of Environmental Consideration supporting this determination is available in the docket where indicated under ADDRESSES. We seek any comments or information that may lead to the discovery of a significant environmental impact from this proposed rule. G. Protest Activities The Coast Guard respects the First Amendment rights of protesters. Protesters are asked to contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section to coordinate protest activities so that your message can be received without jeopardizing the safety or security of people, places, or vessels. V. Public Participation and Request for Comments We view public participation as essential to effective rulemaking, and will consider all comments and material received during the comment period. Your comment can help shape the outcome of this rulemaking. If you submit a comment, please include the PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 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 NPRM as being available in the docket, and all public comments, will be in our online docket at http://www.regulations.gov and can be viewed by following that 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 or a final rule is published. List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165 Marine safety, Navigation (water), Reporting and record keeping requirements, Waterways. For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard proposes to amend 33 CFR part 165 as follows: PART 165—REGULATED NAVIGATION AREAS AND LIMITED ACCESS AREAS 1. The authority citation for part 165 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 46 U.S.C. 70034, 70051; 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.T01–0606 to read as follows: ■ § 165.T01–0606 Safety Zone, North Washington Street Bridge Replacement Project—Charles River, Boston, MA (a) Location. The following area is a safety zone: All navigable waters within 100 yards of the North Washington Street Bridge, Charles River, Boston, Massachusetts. (b) Enforcement Periods. This rule is enforceable from 12:01 a.m. on December 1, 2019, to 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2023. (c) Definitions. As used in this section: (1) Designated representative means any Coast Guard commissioned, E:\FR\FM\04SEP1.SGM 04SEP1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 171 / Wednesday, September 4, 2019 / Proposed Rules jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with PROPOSALS warrant, petty officer, or any federal, state, or local law enforcement officer who has been designated by the Captain of the Port (COTP) Boston, to act on his or her behalf. The designated representative may be on an official patrol vessel or may be on shore and will communicate with vessels via VHF–FM radio or loudhailer. In addition, members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary may be present to inform vessel operators of this regulation. (2) Official patrol vessels means any Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, state, or local law enforcement vessels assigned or approved by the COTP Boston to enforce this section. (d) Regulations. When this safety zone is enforced, the following regulations, along with those contained in 33 CFR 165.23 apply: (1) No person or vessel may enter or remain in this safety zone without the permission of the COTP Boston or the COTP’s designated representatives. However, any person or vessel permitted to enter the safety zone must comply with the directions and orders of the COTP Boston or a designated representative. (2) To obtain permission required by this regulation, individuals may reach the COTP Boston or a COTP-designated representative via Channel 16 (VHF– FM) or 617–223–5757 (Sector Boston Command Center). (3) Penalties. Those who violate this section are subject to the penalties set forth in 33 U.S.C. 1232. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:53 Sep 03, 2019 Jkt 247001 Dated: August 28, 2019. Eric. J. Doucette, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port Boston. [FR Doc. 2019–19048 Filed 9–3–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 167 [USCG–2018–1058] Extension of Comment Period for the Port Access Route Study: Alaskan Arctic Coast Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of extension of comment AGENCY: ACTION: period. The United States Coast Guard is extending the comment period for the notice of study and request for comments for the Port Access Route Study: Alaskan Arctic Coast that we published on December 21, 2018. This action will provide the public with additional time and opportunity to provide the Coast Guard with information regarding the Port Access Route Study: Alaskan Arctic Coast. The comment period is extended until January 30, 2020. DATES: Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before January 30, 2020. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG– 2018–1058 using the Federal eRulemaking Portal at https:// www.regulations.gov. If your material SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 9990 46501 cannot be submitted using https:// www.regulations.gov, contact the person in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document for alternate instructions. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions about this notice, please contact LCDR Michael Newell, Seventeenth Coast Guard District (dpw), at telephone number (907) 463–2263 or email Michael.D.Newell@uscg.mil, or Mr. David Seris, Seventeenth Coast Guard District (dpw), at telephone number (907) 463–2267 or email to David.M.Seris@uscg.mil, or LT Stephanie Bugyis, Seventeenth Coast Guard District (dpw), at telephone number (907) 463–2265 or email to Stephanie.M.Bugyis@uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On December 21, 2018, the Coast Guard published a notice of study and request for comments for the Port Access Route Study: Alaskan Artic Coast (83 FR 65701). The comment period in that document closed September 1, 2019. In this action, the Coast Guard is providing notice that the public comment period is extended until January 30, 2020. Documents mentioned in this notice, and all public comments, are in our online docket at https:// www.regulations.gov and can be viewed by searching the docket number ‘‘USCG–2018–1058’’. This notice is issued under authority of 33 U.S.C. 1223(c) and 5 U.S.C. 552. Dated: August 29, 2019. Matthew T. Bell, Jr., Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Seventeenth Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. 2019–19080 Filed 9–3–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–15–P E:\FR\FM\04SEP1.SGM 04SEP1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 171 (Wednesday, September 4, 2019)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 46498-46501]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-19048]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 165

Docket Number USCG-2019-0606]
RIN 1625-AA00


Safety Zone, North Washington Street Bridge Replacement Project, 
Charles River, Boston, MA

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard proposes to establish a temporary safety zone 
for the navigable waters within 100 yards of the North Washington 
Street Bridge, Charles River, Boston, Massachusetts, from December 1, 
2019 through December 31, 2023. The temporary safety zone is necessary 
to protect personnel, vessels, and the marine environment from 
potential hazards created during the replacement project of the North 
Washington Street Bridge. When enforced, this proposed rule would 
prohibit vessels and persons from being in the safety zone unless 
authorized by the Captain of the Port Boston or a designated 
representative. We invite your comments on this proposed rulemaking.

DATES: Comments and related material must be received by the Coast 
Guard on or before October 4, 2019.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG-
2019-0606 using the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. See the ``Public Participation and Request for 
Comments'' portion of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for further 
instructions on submitting comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions about this 
proposed rulemaking, call or email Mark Cutter, Waterways Management 
Division, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Boston, telephone 617-223-4000, email 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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I. Table of Abbreviations

CFR Code of Federal Regulations
COTP Captain of the Port
DHS Department of Homeland Security
FR Federal Register
NPRM Notice of proposed rulemaking
NAD 83 North American Datum 1983
Sec.  Section
U.S.C. United States Code
MassDOT Massachusetts Department of Transportation

II. Background, Purpose, and Legal Basis

    Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) notified 
Sector Boston that there will be times in which the navigable channels 
underneath the North Washington Street Bridge, Charles River, Boston, 
Massachusetts, will need to be closed for the removal of the old bridge 
spans, demolition of the swing span pier foundation, construction of 
the abutment, and replacement of the span. The exact times are 
currently unknown. However, every effort is being made by the MassDOT 
and contractor to schedule these closures during the winter months when 
the Charles River is iced over or during the fall and spring when 
boating traffic is minimal.
    The replacement project started in the summer of 2018 and is 
expected to be completed in the spring of 2023. The COTP Boston 
determined that the potential hazards associated with the removal of 
the old bridge spans, demolition of the swing span pier foundation, 
construction of the abutment, and replacement of the span will be a 
safety concern for anyone within the work area. The proposed temporary 
safety zone would be enforced during the removal of the old bridge 
spans, demolition of the swing span pier foundation, construction of 
the abutment, and replacement of the span or when other hazards to 
navigation arise. No vessel or person will be permitted to enter the 
proposed temporary safety zone without obtaining permission from the 
COTP or a designated representative.
    The Coast Guard will notify the public of closures through the 
Massachusetts Bay Harbor Safety Committee meetings, Boston's Port 
Operators Group meetings, Local Notice to Mariners, and through the 
Massachusetts Boating & Yacht Clubs Associations network. The Coast 
Guard will issue a Safety Marine Information Broadcast (SMIB) via 
marine channel 16 (VHF-FM) seven days in advance of the commencement of 
the proposed safety zone.
    The purpose of this rulemaking is to protect personnel, vessels, 
and the marine environment from potential hazards created during the 
replacement project of the North Washington Street Bridge, Charles 
River, Boston, Massachusetts. The Coast Guard is proposing this 
rulemaking under authority in 46 U.S.C. 70034 (previously 33 U.S.C. 
1231).

III. Discussion of Proposed Rule

    The Coast Guard is proposing to establish a safety zone starting at 
12:01 a.m. on December 1, 2019, to 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2023. The 
safety zone would cover all navigable waters within 100 yards of the 
North Washington Street Bridge, Charles River, Boston, Massachusetts. 
The safety zone will only be enforced during periods when work barges 
and cranes will be placed in the navigable channel or when other 
hazards to navigation exist. Any closure is expected to last less than 
two weeks. The duration of the zone is intended to ensure the safety of 
vessels, the maritime public, construction workers, and the marine 
environment during periods of replacement of the North Washington 
Street Bridge, over the main channel at the entrance of the Charles 
River, Boston, Massachusetts. During the enforcement period, all 
vessels and persons must obtain permission from the COTP Boston or a 
designated representative before entering the safety zone.

IV. Regulatory Analyses

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

A. Regulatory Planning and Review

    Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess the 
costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if 
regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize 
net benefits. Executive Order 13771 directs agencies to control 
regulatory costs through a budgeting process. This proposed rule has 
not been designated a ``significant regulatory action,'' under 
Executive Order 12866. Accordingly, the proposed 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, duration, and time of year of the safety zone. There may be a 
time during the boating summer season that the safety zone needs to be 
enforced. However, MassDOT and the contractor are making all attempts 
to schedule these needed closures during the winter months when the 
Charles River is iced over or during the fall and spring when boating 
traffic is minimal. We expect the adverse economic impact of this 
proposed rule to be minimal. We will provide ample notice of the safety 
zone effective dates and vessels will be able to enter the safety zone 
when construction equipment is not occupying the channel. Although this 
regulation may have some adverse impact on the public, the potential 
impact will be minimal because the boating season for vessels on the 
Charles River usually begins in early May and concludes in October. If 
a summer time closure is needed, with the exception of an emergency, we 
will coordinate with MassDOT, the contractor, and the Harbormaster to 
ensure that all alternatives are explored, the duration is of the 
shortest possible timeframe, and a minimum of two weeks notification 
has been given to the boating public via Local Notice to Mariners, 
Safety Marine Information Broadcast via marine channel 16 (VHF-FM) and 
through the Massachusetts Boating & Yacht Clubs Associations network.

B. Impact on Small Entities

    The Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980, 5 U.S.C. 601-612, as 
amended, requires Federal agencies to consider the potential impact of 
regulations on small entities during rulemaking. The term ``small 
entities'' comprises small businesses, not-for-profit organizations 
that are independently owned and operated and are not dominant in their 
fields, and governmental jurisdictions with populations of less than 
50,000. The Coast Guard certifies under 5 U.S.C. 605(b) that this 
proposed rule will not have a significant economic impact on a 
substantial number of small entities.
    While some owners or operators of vessels intending to transit this 
safety zone may be small entities, for the reasons stated in section 
IV.A above, this proposed rule will not have a significant economic 
impact on any vessel owner or operator.
    If you think that your business, organization, or governmental 
jurisdiction qualifies as a small entity and that this rule would have 
a significant economic impact on it, please submit a comment (see 
ADDRESSES) explaining why you think it qualifies and how and to what 
degree this rule would economically affect it.
    Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement 
Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-121),

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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. The Coast Guard will not retaliate 
against small entities that question or complain about this proposed 
rule or any policy or action of the Coast Guard.

C. Collection of Information

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

D. Federalism and Indian Tribal Governments

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

E. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act

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

F. Environment

    We have analyzed this proposed rule under Department of Homeland 
Security Directive 023-01 and Environmental Planning COMDTINST 5090.1 
(series), which guide the Coast Guard in complying with the National 
Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321-4370f), and have made 
a preliminary determination that this action is one of a category of 
actions that do not individually or cumulatively have a significant 
effect on the human environment. This proposed rule involves the 
establishment of a temporary safety zone for the navigable waters 
within 100 yards of the North Washington Street Bridge, Charles River, 
Boston, Massachusetts, from December 1, 2019 through December 31, 2023 
for the replacement of the bridge. The safety zone will only be 
enforced during periods when work barges and cranes will be placed in 
the navigable channel or when other hazards to navigation arise. As 
discussed in our pre-construction meeting, any closure is expected to 
be of less than a two-week duration and all attempts are being made by 
MassDOT and contractor to schedule these closures during winter months 
when there is no boating traffic or during the spring and fall season 
when boating traffic is minimal. Normally, such actions are 
categorically excluded from further review under paragraph L60(a) of 
Table 3-1 of U.S. Coast Guard Environmental Planning Implementing 
Procedures 5090.1. A preliminary Record of Environmental Consideration 
supporting this determination is available in the docket where 
indicated under ADDRESSES. We seek any comments or information that may 
lead to the discovery of a significant environmental impact from this 
proposed rule.

G. Protest Activities

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

V. Public Participation and Request for Comments

    We view public participation as essential to effective rulemaking, 
and will consider all comments and material received during the comment 
period. Your comment can help shape the outcome of this rulemaking. If 
you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this 
rulemaking, indicate the specific section of this document to which 
each comment applies, and provide a reason for each suggestion or 
recommendation.
    We encourage you to submit comments through the Federal eRulemaking 
Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. If your material cannot be 
submitted using http://www.regulations.gov, contact the person in the 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document for alternate 
instructions.
    We accept anonymous comments. All comments received will be posted 
without change to http://www.regulations.gov and will include any 
personal information you have provided. For more about privacy and the 
docket, visit http://www.regulations.gov/privacyNotice.
    Documents mentioned in this NPRM as being available in the docket, 
and all public comments, will be in our online docket at http://www.regulations.gov and can be viewed by following that 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 or a 
final rule is published.

List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165

    Marine safety, Navigation (water), Reporting and record keeping 
requirements, Waterways.

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

PART 165--REGULATED NAVIGATION AREAS AND LIMITED ACCESS AREAS

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

    Authority:  46 U.S.C. 70034, 70051; 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.T01-0606 to read as follows:


Sec.  165.T01-0606  Safety Zone, North Washington Street Bridge 
Replacement Project--Charles River, Boston, MA

    (a) Location. The following area is a safety zone: All navigable 
waters within 100 yards of the North Washington Street Bridge, Charles 
River, Boston, Massachusetts.
    (b) Enforcement Periods. This rule is enforceable from 12:01 a.m. 
on December 1, 2019, to 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2023.
    (c) Definitions. As used in this section:
    (1) Designated representative means any Coast Guard commissioned,

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warrant, petty officer, or any federal, state, or local law enforcement 
officer who has been designated by the Captain of the Port (COTP) 
Boston, to act on his or her behalf. The designated representative may 
be on an official patrol vessel or may be on shore and will communicate 
with vessels via VHF-FM radio or loudhailer. In addition, members of 
the Coast Guard Auxiliary may be present to inform vessel operators of 
this regulation.
    (2) Official patrol vessels means any Coast Guard, Coast Guard 
Auxiliary, state, or local law enforcement vessels assigned or approved 
by the COTP Boston to enforce this section.
    (d) Regulations. When this safety zone is enforced, the following 
regulations, along with those contained in 33 CFR 165.23 apply:
    (1) No person or vessel may enter or remain in this safety zone 
without the permission of the COTP Boston or the COTP's designated 
representatives. However, any person or vessel permitted to enter the 
safety zone must comply with the directions and orders of the COTP 
Boston or a designated representative.
    (2) To obtain permission required by this regulation, individuals 
may reach the COTP Boston or a COTP-designated representative via 
Channel 16 (VHF-FM) or 617-223-5757 (Sector Boston Command Center).
    (3) Penalties. Those who violate this section are subject to the 
penalties set forth in 33 U.S.C. 1232.

    Dated: August 28, 2019.
Eric. J. Doucette,
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port Boston.
[FR Doc. 2019-19048 Filed 9-3-19; 8:45 am]
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