Safety Zone; Isabel Holmes Bridge, Wilmington, NC, 68343-68346 [2019-27063]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 241 / Monday, December 16, 2019 / Rules and Regulations E. Federalism A rule has implications for federalism under Executive Order 13132 (Federalism) if it has a substantial direct effect on 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. The Coast Guard has analyzed this rule under Executive Order 13132 and has determined that it is consistent with the fundamental federalism principles and preemption requirements described in Executive Order 13132. F. 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. Although this rule will not result in such expenditure, the Coast Guard does discuss the effects of this rule elsewhere in this preamble. G. Taking of Private Property This rule will not cause a taking of private property or otherwise have taking implications under Executive Order 12630 (Governmental Actions and Interference with Constitutionally Protected Property Rights). H. Civil Justice Reform This rule meets applicable standards in sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of Executive Order 12988 (Civil Justice Reform) to minimize litigation, eliminate ambiguity, and reduce burden. lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with RULES I. Protection of Children The Coast Guard has analyzed this rule under Executive Order 13045 (Protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks). This rule is not an economically significant rule and would not create an environmental risk to health or risk to safety that might disproportionately affect children. J. Indian Tribal Governments This 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:34 Dec 13, 2019 Jkt 250001 K. Energy Effects The Coast Guard has analyzed this rule under Executive Order 13211 (Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use). It is not a ‘‘significant energy action’’ under that order because it is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866 and is not likely to have a significant adverse effect on the supply, distribution, or use of energy. L. Technical Standards The National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act, codified as a note to 15 U.S.C. 272, directs agencies to use voluntary consensus standards in their regulatory activities unless the agency provides Congress, through OMB, with an explanation of why using these standards would be inconsistent with applicable law or otherwise impractical. Voluntary consensus standards are technical standards (e.g., specifications of materials, performance, design, or operation; test methods; sampling procedures; and related management systems practices) that are developed or adopted by voluntary consensus standards bodies. This rule does not use technical standards. Therefore, the Coast Guard did not consider the use of voluntary consensus standards. List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 52 Administrative practice and procedure, Archives and records, Military personnel. For the reason stated in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 33 CFR part 52 as follows: PART 52—BOARD FOR CORRECTION OF MILITARY RECORDS OF THE COAST GUARD 1. Revise the authority citation for part 52 to read as follows: ■ Authority: 10 U.S.C. 1552; 14 U.S.C. 501, 633; Department of Homeland Security Delegations No. 0160.1(II)(B)(1), 0170.1(II)(23). § 52.21 [Amended] 2. In § 52.21(a), remove the text, ‘‘Mailstop 485, 245 Murray Lane, Washington, DC 20528’’ and add, in its place, the text ‘‘2707 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, Stop 0485, Washington, DC 20528–0485’’. ■ Dated: December 10, 2019. M.W. Mumbach, Chief, Office of Regulations and Administrative Law, U.S. Coast Guard. [FR Doc. 2019–26996 Filed 12–13–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY M. Environment Coast Guard The Coast Guard has analyzed this rule under Department of Homeland Security Instruction Manual 023–01– 001–01, Rev. 1, and U.S. Coast Guard Environmental Planning Policy (COMDTINST 5090.1), which guide the Coast Guard in complying with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321–4370f), and concluded that this action is one of a category of actions that do not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment. A final Record of Environmental Consideration supporting this determination is available in the docket where indicated in the ADDRESSES section of this preamble. This final rule involves a non-substantive technical amendment that updates a mailing address in existing Coast Guard regulations. Therefore, this rule is categorically excluded under paragraphs A3 and L54 in Appendix A, Table 1, of DHS Instruction Manual 023–01–001–01, Rev. 1. Paragraphs A3 and L54 pertain to regulations which are editorial or procedural. 33 CFR Part 165 PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 68343 [Docket Number USCG–2019–0904] RIN 1625–AA00 Safety Zone; Isabel Holmes Bridge, Wilmington, NC Coast Guard, DHS. Temporary final rule. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard is establishing two temporary safety zones on the navigable waters of the Cape Fear River at the Isabel Holmes Bridge in Wilmington, North Carolina. These temporary safety zones are intended to restrict vessel traffic on the Cape Fear River from December 15, 2019, through February 15, 2020, while work crews repair the bridge and replace power cables crossing under the river. This rule prohibits vessels or persons from being in the safety zones unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port (COTP) North Carolina or a designated representative. DATES: This rule is effective without actual notice from December 16, 2019 through February 15, 2020. For the SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\16DER1.SGM 16DER1 68344 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 241 / Monday, December 16, 2019 / Rules and Regulations purposes of enforcement, actual notice will be used from December 15, 2019, through December 16, 2019. ADDRESSES: To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to https:// www.regulations.gov, type USCG–2019– 0904 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, contact Petty Officer Matthew Tyson, Waterways Management Division, U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Carolina, Wilmington, NC; telephone: (910) 772– 2221, email: Matthew.I.Tyson@uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Table of Abbreviations lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with RULES CFR Code of Federal Regulations COTP Captain of the Port DHS Department of Homeland Security FR Federal Register NCDOT North Carolina Department of Transportation 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)(B), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for not publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) with respect to this rule because the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) did not notify the Coast Guard of the details of the bridge maintenance project until November 28, 2019. Immediate action is needed to protect persons and vessels from the hazards associated with this project. It is impracticable and contrary to the public interest to publish an NPRM because a final rule needs to be in place by December 15, 2019, to protect against hazards to the work crew and the public during the project. 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 Register. Delaying the effective date of this rule would be impracticable and contrary to public interest because VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:34 Dec 13, 2019 Jkt 250001 immediate action is needed to protect persons and vessels from the hazards associated with this bridge maintenance project, which begins on December 15, 2019. III. Legal Authority and Need for Rule The Coast Guard is issuing this rule under authority in 46 U.S.C. 70034 (previously, 33 U.S.C. 1231). The COTP North Carolina has determined that potential hazards associated with the bridge maintenance project, scheduled from December 15, 2019, through February 15, 2020, is a safety concern for workers and mariners on the Cape Fear River at the Isabel Holmes Bridge in Wilmington, North Carolina. This rule is necessary to protect safety of life from the potential hazards associated with the project. IV. Discussion of the Rule This rule establishes two safety zones on a portion of the Cape Fear River from December 15, 2019, through February 15, 2020, to be enforced while NCDOT conducts a bridge maintenance project. The project will be in two parts: The repair of the Isabel Holmes Bridge, and replacement of the power cables crossing under the river. The bridge repair portion will impact, but not close, the navigable channel. The cable replacement portion will require the navigable channel to be closed. NCDOT will begin staging equipment around the bridge on December 15, 2019. The first of the two safety zones will extend 100 feet from equipment while it is within the navigable channel during the entire maintenance period. The normal horizontal clearance of the channel beneath the bridge is 200 feet. As a result, smaller vessels will be able to transit under the bridge during this work phase. Maintenance equipment will be able to be relocated outside of the navigable channel for larger vessels during this stage of the project if at least a 48-hour notice is given. This advance notice shall be given to the bridge tender at (910) 251–5774 or via VHF– FM marine channel 13 (165.65 MHz). The second safety zone will be enforced, within 300 feet of the bridge, located at approximate position, 34°15′06″ N, 077°57′03″ W (NAD 1983) during the cable replacement portion of the project. This cable replacement may last from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on four separate days, finishing on February 15, 2020. The public will be notified at least 48 hours in advance of each complete closure via broadcast notice to mariners. The duration of these zones is intended to protect persons, vessels, and the marine environment on the navigable waters of the Cape Fear River PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 during the bridge maintenance project. No vessel or person will be permitted to enter either safety zone unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port North Carolina or a designated representative. V. Regulatory Analyses We developed this rule after considering numerous statutes and Executive orders related to rulemaking. Below we summarize our analyses based on a number of these statutes and Executive orders, and we discuss First Amendment rights of protestors. A. Regulatory Planning and Review Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess the costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize net benefits. Executive Order 13771 directs agencies to control regulatory costs through a budgeting process. This rule has not been designated a ‘‘significant regulatory action,’’ under Executive Order 12866. Accordingly, this rule has not been reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and pursuant to OMB guidance it is exempt from the requirements of Executive Order 13771. This regulatory action determination is based on the size, location, and duration of the safety zones. The ability of vessels to enter or transit a portion of the Cape Fear River near the Isabel Holmes Bridge will be impacted while two safety zones are in place during a bridge maintenance project lasting two months, from December 25, 2019, through February 15, 2020. The project will be in two parts: The repair of the Isabel Holmes Bridge, and replacement of the power cables crossing under the river. The bridge repair portion will impact, but not close, the navigable channel. Smaller vessels will be able to transit under the bridge during the repair work. Larger vessels will be allowed to transit the channel during the repair work provided that they provide a 48-hour notice requesting that equipment be relocated from the channel. The Coast Guard will issue a Local Notice to Mariners and transmit a Broadcast Notice to Mariners via VHF– FM marine channel 16 regarding the safety zone. The cable replacement portion will require the navigable channel to be closed. Specific enforcement dates and times for complete channel closures will be broadcast at least 48 hours in advance. However, this portion of the Cape Fear River is a low traffic area during this time of the year. E:\FR\FM\16DER1.SGM 16DER1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 241 / Monday, December 16, 2019 / Rules and Regulations B. Impact on Small Entities The Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980, 5 U.S.C. 601–612, as amended, requires Federal agencies to consider the potential impact of regulations on small entities during rulemaking. The term ‘‘small entities’’ comprises small businesses, not-for-profit organizations that are independently owned and operated and are not dominant in their fields, and governmental jurisdictions with populations of less than 50,000. The Coast Guard certifies under 5 U.S.C. 605(b) that this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. While some owners or operators of vessels intending to transit the safety zone may be small entities, for the reasons stated in section V.A above, this rule will not have a significant economic impact on any vessel owner or operator. Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104–121), we want to assist small entities in understanding this rule. If the rule would affect your small business, organization, or governmental jurisdiction and you have questions concerning its provisions or options for compliance, please call or email the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section. Small businesses may send comments on the actions of Federal employees who enforce, or otherwise determine compliance with, Federal regulations to the Small Business and Agriculture Regulatory Enforcement Ombudsman and the Regional Small Business Regulatory Fairness Boards. The Ombudsman evaluates these actions annually and rates each agency’s responsiveness to small business. If you wish to comment on actions by employees of the Coast Guard, call 1– 888–REG–FAIR (1–888–734–3247). The Coast Guard will not retaliate against small entities that question or complain about this rule or any policy or action of the Coast Guard. C. Collection of Information This rule will not call for a new collection of information under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501–3520). lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:34 Dec 13, 2019 Jkt 250001 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 call or email 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, Rev. 1, associated implementing instructions, 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 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 two safety zones lasting two months. The first will prohibit entry within 100 feet of work equipment at the Isabel Holmes Bridge on the Cape Fear River, and the second lasting 12 hours on four separate days that will prohibit entry within 300 feet of the bridge while new power cables are placed under the navigable channel. The rule is categorically excluded from further review under paragraph L60a of Appendix A, Table 1 of DHS Instruction Manual 023–01– 001–01, Rev. 1. A Record of Environmental Consideration supporting this determination is PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 68345 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 call or email the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section to coordinate protest activities so that your message can be received without jeopardizing the safety or security of people, places or vessels. List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165 Harbors, Marine safety, Navigation (water), Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Security measures, Waterways. For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 33 CFR part 165 as follows: PART 165—REGULATED NAVIGATION AREAS AND LIMITED ACCESS AREAS 1. The authority citation for part 165 continues to read as follows: ■ 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.T05–0904 to read as follows: ■ § 165.T05–0904 Safety Zone; Isabel Holmes Bridge, Wilmington, NC. (a) Location. The following areas are safety zones: (1) Safety Zone 1. All navigable waters of the Cape Fear River within 100 feet of work equipment at the Isabel Holmes Bridge in Wilmington, NC; (2) Safety Zone 2. All navigable waters of the Cape Fear River within a 300 foot radius of the Isabel Holmes Bridge in Wilmington, NC, centered at approximate position 34°15′06″ N, 077°57′03″ W (NAD 1983). (b) Definitions. As used in this section— Captain of the Port means the Commander, Sector North Carolina. Designated representative means a Coast Guard Patrol Commander, including a Coast Guard commissioned, warrant, or petty officer designated by the Captain of the Port North Carolina (COTP) for the enforcement of the safety zone. Work crews means persons and vessels involved in the bridge maintenance project. (c) Regulations. (1) The general regulations governing safety zones in § 165.23 apply to the areas described in paragraph (a) of this section. (2) With the exception of work crews, entry into or remaining in either safety E:\FR\FM\16DER1.SGM 16DER1 68346 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 241 / Monday, December 16, 2019 / Rules and Regulations zone is prohibited unless authorized by the COTP North Carolina or the COTP North Carolina’s designated representative. All other vessels must depart the zone(s) immediately upon activation. (3) Larger vessels may request maintenance equipment be relocated outside of the navigable channel if at least a 48-hour notice is given. This advance notice shall be given to the bridge tender at (910) 251–5774 or via VHF–FM marine channel 13 (165.65 MHz). (4) The Captain of the Port, North Carolina can be reached through the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Command Duty Officer, Wilmington, North Carolina at telephone number 910–343–3882. (5) The Coast Guard and designated security vessels enforcing the safety zone can be contacted on VHF–FM marine band radio channel 13 (165.65 MHz) and channel 16 (156.8 MHz). (d) Enforcement. The U.S. Coast Guard may be assisted in the patrol and enforcement of the safety zone by Federal, State, and local agencies. (e) Enforcement periods. This section will be enforced for: (1) Safety Zone 1 from December 15, 2019 through February 15, 2020; and (2) Safety Zone 2 from 6 a.m. through 6 p.m. on days when power cables are being placed under the navigable channel. (f) Public notification. The Coast Guard will notify the public of the active enforcement times at least 48 hours in advance by transmitting Broadcast Notice to Mariners via VHF– FM marine channel 16. Dated: December 11, 2019. Bion B. Stewart, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port North Carolina. [FR Doc. 2019–27063 Filed 12–13–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Federal Emergency Management Agency 44 CFR Part 64 [Docket ID FEMA–2019–0003; Internal Agency Docket No. FEMA–8609] lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with RULES Suspension of Community Eligibility Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: This rule identifies communities where the sale of flood SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:29 Dec 13, 2019 Jkt 250001 insurance has been authorized under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that are scheduled for suspension on the effective dates listed within this rule because of noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of the program. If the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) receives documentation that the community has adopted the required floodplain management measures prior to the effective suspension date given in this rule, the suspension will not occur and a notice of this will be provided by publication in the Federal Register on a subsequent date. Also, information identifying the current participation status of a community can be obtained from FEMA’s Community Status Book (CSB). The CSB is available at https:// www.fema.gov/national-floodinsurance-program-community-statusbook. DATES: The effective date of each community’s scheduled suspension is the third date (‘‘Susp.’’) listed in the third column of the following tables. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you want to determine whether a particular community was suspended on the suspension date or for further information, contact Adrienne L. Sheldon, PE, CFM, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 400 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20472, (202) 212–3966. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NFIP enables property owners to purchase Federal flood insurance that is not otherwise generally available from private insurers. In return, communities agree to adopt and administer local floodplain management measures aimed at protecting lives and new construction from future flooding. Section 1315 of the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4022, prohibits the sale of NFIP flood insurance unless an appropriate public body adopts adequate floodplain management measures with effective enforcement measures. The communities listed in this document no longer meet that statutory requirement for compliance with program regulations, 44 CFR part 59. Accordingly, the communities will be suspended on the effective date in the third column. As of that date, flood insurance will no longer be available in the community. We recognize that some of these communities may adopt and submit the required documentation of legally enforceable floodplain management measures after this rule is published but prior to the actual PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 suspension date. These communities will not be suspended and will continue to be eligible for the sale of NFIP flood insurance. A notice withdrawing the suspension of such communities will be published in the Federal Register. In addition, FEMA publishes a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) that identifies the Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs) in these communities. The date of the FIRM, if one has been published, is indicated in the fourth column of the table. No direct Federal financial assistance (except assistance pursuant to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act not in connection with a flood) may be provided for construction or acquisition of buildings in identified SFHAs for communities not participating in the NFIP and identified for more than a year on FEMA’s initial FIRM for the community as having flood-prone areas (section 202(a) of the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973, 42 U.S.C. 4106(a), as amended). This prohibition against certain types of Federal assistance becomes effective for the communities listed on the date shown in the last column. The Administrator finds that notice and public comment procedures under 5 U.S.C. 553(b), are impracticable and unnecessary because communities listed in this final rule have been adequately notified. Each community receives 6-month, 90-day, and 30-day notification letters addressed to the Chief Executive Officer stating that the community will be suspended unless the required floodplain management measures are met prior to the effective suspension date. Since these notifications were made, this final rule may take effect within less than 30 days. National Environmental Policy Act. FEMA has determined that the community suspension(s) included in this rule is a non-discretionary action and therefore the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) does not apply. Regulatory Flexibility Act. The Administrator has determined that this rule is exempt from the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act because the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, as amended, Section 1315, 42 U.S.C. 4022, prohibits flood insurance coverage unless an appropriate public body adopts adequate floodplain management measures with effective enforcement measures. The communities listed no longer comply with the statutory requirements, and after the effective date, flood insurance will no longer be available in the E:\FR\FM\16DER1.SGM 16DER1

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 165

[Docket Number USCG-2019-0904]
RIN 1625-AA00


Safety Zone; Isabel Holmes Bridge, Wilmington, NC

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Temporary final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is establishing two temporary safety zones on 
the navigable waters of the Cape Fear River at the Isabel Holmes Bridge 
in Wilmington, North Carolina. These temporary safety zones are 
intended to restrict vessel traffic on the Cape Fear River from 
December 15, 2019, through February 15, 2020, while work crews repair 
the bridge and replace power cables crossing under the river. This rule 
prohibits vessels or persons from being in the safety zones unless 
specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port (COTP) North 
Carolina or a designated representative.

DATES: This rule is effective without actual notice from December 16, 
2019 through February 15, 2020. For the

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purposes of enforcement, actual notice will be used from December 15, 
2019, through December 16, 2019.

ADDRESSES: To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being 
available in the docket, go to https://www.regulations.gov, type USCG-
2019-0904 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, 
contact Petty Officer Matthew Tyson, Waterways Management Division, 
U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Carolina, Wilmington, NC; telephone: 
(910) 772-2221, email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Table of Abbreviations

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

II. Background Information and Regulatory History

    The Coast Guard is issuing this temporary rule without prior notice 
and opportunity to comment pursuant to authority under section 4(a) of 
the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 553(b)). This 
provision authorizes an agency to issue a rule without prior notice and 
opportunity to comment when the agency for good cause finds that those 
procedures are ``impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public 
interest.'' Under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), the Coast Guard finds that good 
cause exists for not publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) 
with respect to this rule because the North Carolina Department of 
Transportation (NCDOT) did not notify the Coast Guard of the details of 
the bridge maintenance project until November 28, 2019. Immediate 
action is needed to protect persons and vessels from the hazards 
associated with this project. It is impracticable and contrary to the 
public interest to publish an NPRM because a final rule needs to be in 
place by December 15, 2019, to protect against hazards to the work crew 
and the public during the project.
    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 Register. Delaying the effective date of 
this rule would be impracticable and contrary to public interest 
because immediate action is needed to protect persons and vessels from 
the hazards associated with this bridge maintenance project, which 
begins on December 15, 2019.

III. Legal Authority and Need for Rule

    The Coast Guard is issuing this rule under authority in 46 U.S.C. 
70034 (previously, 33 U.S.C. 1231). The COTP North Carolina has 
determined that potential hazards associated with the bridge 
maintenance project, scheduled from December 15, 2019, through February 
15, 2020, is a safety concern for workers and mariners on the Cape Fear 
River at the Isabel Holmes Bridge in Wilmington, North Carolina. This 
rule is necessary to protect safety of life from the potential hazards 
associated with the project.

IV. Discussion of the Rule

    This rule establishes two safety zones on a portion of the Cape 
Fear River from December 15, 2019, through February 15, 2020, to be 
enforced while NCDOT conducts a bridge maintenance project. The project 
will be in two parts: The repair of the Isabel Holmes Bridge, and 
replacement of the power cables crossing under the river. The bridge 
repair portion will impact, but not close, the navigable channel. The 
cable replacement portion will require the navigable channel to be 
closed. NCDOT will begin staging equipment around the bridge on 
December 15, 2019.
    The first of the two safety zones will extend 100 feet from 
equipment while it is within the navigable channel during the entire 
maintenance period. The normal horizontal clearance of the channel 
beneath the bridge is 200 feet. As a result, smaller vessels will be 
able to transit under the bridge during this work phase. Maintenance 
equipment will be able to be relocated outside of the navigable channel 
for larger vessels during this stage of the project if at least a 48-
hour notice is given. This advance notice shall be given to the bridge 
tender at (910) 251-5774 or via VHF-FM marine channel 13 (165.65 MHz).
    The second safety zone will be enforced, within 300 feet of the 
bridge, located at approximate position, 34[deg]15'06'' N, 
077[deg]57'03'' W (NAD 1983) during the cable replacement portion of 
the project. This cable replacement may last from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on 
four separate days, finishing on February 15, 2020. The public will be 
notified at least 48 hours in advance of each complete closure via 
broadcast notice to mariners.
    The duration of these zones is intended to protect persons, 
vessels, and the marine environment on the navigable waters of the Cape 
Fear River during the bridge maintenance project. No vessel or person 
will be permitted to enter either safety zone unless specifically 
authorized by the Captain of the Port North Carolina or a designated 
representative.

V. Regulatory Analyses

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

A. Regulatory Planning and Review

    Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess the 
costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if 
regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize 
net benefits. Executive Order 13771 directs agencies to control 
regulatory costs through a budgeting process. This rule has not been 
designated a ``significant regulatory action,'' under Executive Order 
12866. Accordingly, this rule has not been reviewed by the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB), and pursuant to OMB guidance it is exempt 
from the requirements of Executive Order 13771.
    This regulatory action determination is based on the size, 
location, and duration of the safety zones. The ability of vessels to 
enter or transit a portion of the Cape Fear River near the Isabel 
Holmes Bridge will be impacted while two safety zones are in place 
during a bridge maintenance project lasting two months, from December 
25, 2019, through February 15, 2020. The project will be in two parts: 
The repair of the Isabel Holmes Bridge, and replacement of the power 
cables crossing under the river. The bridge repair portion will impact, 
but not close, the navigable channel. Smaller vessels will be able to 
transit under the bridge during the repair work. Larger vessels will be 
allowed to transit the channel during the repair work provided that 
they provide a 48-hour notice requesting that equipment be relocated 
from the channel. The Coast Guard will issue a Local Notice to Mariners 
and transmit a Broadcast Notice to Mariners via VHF-FM marine channel 
16 regarding the safety zone. The cable replacement portion will 
require the navigable channel to be closed. Specific enforcement dates 
and times for complete channel closures will be broadcast at least 48 
hours in advance. However, this portion of the Cape Fear River is a low 
traffic area during this time of the year.

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B. Impact on Small Entities

    The Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980, 5 U.S.C. 601-612, as 
amended, requires Federal agencies to consider the potential impact of 
regulations on small entities during rulemaking. The term ``small 
entities'' comprises small businesses, not-for-profit organizations 
that are independently owned and operated and are not dominant in their 
fields, and governmental jurisdictions with populations of less than 
50,000. The Coast Guard certifies under 5 U.S.C. 605(b) that this rule 
will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of 
small entities.
    While some owners or operators of vessels intending to transit the 
safety zone may be small entities, for the reasons stated in section 
V.A above, this rule will not have a significant economic impact on any 
vessel owner or operator.
    Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement 
Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-121), we want to assist small 
entities in understanding this rule. If the rule would affect your 
small business, organization, or governmental jurisdiction and you have 
questions concerning its provisions or options for compliance, please 
call or email the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT 
section.
    Small businesses may send comments on the actions of Federal 
employees who enforce, or otherwise determine compliance with, Federal 
regulations to the Small Business and Agriculture Regulatory 
Enforcement Ombudsman and the Regional Small Business Regulatory 
Fairness Boards. The Ombudsman evaluates these actions annually and 
rates each agency's responsiveness to small business. If you wish to 
comment on actions by employees of the Coast Guard, call 1-888-REG-FAIR 
(1-888-734-3247). The Coast Guard will not retaliate against small 
entities that question or complain about this rule or any policy or 
action of the Coast Guard.

C. Collection of Information

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

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 call or email 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, Rev. 1, associated implementing instructions, 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 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 two 
safety zones lasting two months. The first will prohibit entry within 
100 feet of work equipment at the Isabel Holmes Bridge on the Cape Fear 
River, and the second lasting 12 hours on four separate days that will 
prohibit entry within 300 feet of the bridge while new power cables are 
placed under the navigable channel. The rule is categorically excluded 
from further review under paragraph L60a of Appendix A, Table 1 of DHS 
Instruction Manual 023-01-001-01, Rev. 1. A Record of Environmental 
Consideration supporting this determination is 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 call or email the person listed in the FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section to coordinate protest activities so 
that your message can be received without jeopardizing the safety or 
security of people, places or vessels.

List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165

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

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

PART 165--REGULATED NAVIGATION AREAS AND LIMITED ACCESS AREAS

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

    Authority:  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.T05-0904 to read as follows:


Sec.  165.T05-0904  Safety Zone; Isabel Holmes Bridge, Wilmington, NC.

    (a) Location. The following areas are safety zones:
    (1) Safety Zone 1. All navigable waters of the Cape Fear River 
within 100 feet of work equipment at the Isabel Holmes Bridge in 
Wilmington, NC;
    (2) Safety Zone 2. All navigable waters of the Cape Fear River 
within a 300 foot radius of the Isabel Holmes Bridge in Wilmington, NC, 
centered at approximate position 34[deg]15'06'' N, 077[deg]57'03'' W 
(NAD 1983).
    (b) Definitions. As used in this section--
    Captain of the Port means the Commander, Sector North Carolina.
    Designated representative means a Coast Guard Patrol Commander, 
including a Coast Guard commissioned, warrant, or petty officer 
designated by the Captain of the Port North Carolina (COTP) for the 
enforcement of the safety zone.
    Work crews means persons and vessels involved in the bridge 
maintenance project.
    (c) Regulations. (1) The general regulations governing safety zones 
in Sec.  165.23 apply to the areas described in paragraph (a) of this 
section.
    (2) With the exception of work crews, entry into or remaining in 
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zone is prohibited unless authorized by the COTP North Carolina or the 
COTP North Carolina's designated representative. All other vessels must 
depart the zone(s) immediately upon activation.
    (3) Larger vessels may request maintenance equipment be relocated 
outside of the navigable channel if at least a 48-hour notice is given. 
This advance notice shall be given to the bridge tender at (910) 251-
5774 or via VHF-FM marine channel 13 (165.65 MHz).
    (4) The Captain of the Port, North Carolina can be reached through 
the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Command Duty Officer, Wilmington, 
North Carolina at telephone number 910-343-3882.
    (5) The Coast Guard and designated security vessels enforcing the 
safety zone can be contacted on VHF-FM marine band radio channel 13 
(165.65 MHz) and channel 16 (156.8 MHz).
    (d) Enforcement. The U.S. Coast Guard may be assisted in the patrol 
and enforcement of the safety zone by Federal, State, and local 
agencies.
    (e) Enforcement periods. This section will be enforced for:
    (1) Safety Zone 1 from December 15, 2019 through February 15, 2020; 
and
    (2) Safety Zone 2 from 6 a.m. through 6 p.m. on days when power 
cables are being placed under the navigable channel.
    (f) Public notification. The Coast Guard will notify the public of 
the active enforcement times at least 48 hours in advance by 
transmitting Broadcast Notice to Mariners via VHF-FM marine channel 16.

    Dated: December 11, 2019.
Bion B. Stewart,
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port North Carolina.
[FR Doc. 2019-27063 Filed 12-13-19; 8:45 am]
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