Recertification of Prince William Sound Regional Citizens' Advisory Council, 15486-15487 [2020-05652]

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[FR Doc. 2020–05632 Filed 3–17–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Coast Guard [Docket No. USCG–2020–0048] National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee; Meeting Cancellation U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:54 Mar 17, 2020 Jkt 250001 Notice of federal advisory committee meeting; cancellation. ACTION: On February 6, 2020 (85 FR 25, Page 6962), the U.S. Coast Guard published a notice that announced a meeting of the National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee, which was scheduled to take place on March 24th and March 25th 2020. The Coast Guard is publishing this notice to announce that this federal advisory committee meeting has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date. The rescheduled meetings will be announced in the Federal Register. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Commander Myles Greenway, Designated Federal Officer of the National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee, Commandant (CG–OES–2), U.S. Coast Guard, 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, Stop 7509, Washington, DC 20593–7509; telephone (202) 372–1410, fax (202) 372–8382 or email: Myles.J.Greenway@uscg.mil, or Mr. Patrick Clark, telephone (202) 372– 1358, or email patrick.w.clark@uscg.mil. SUMMARY: Dated: March 11, 2020. Jeffrey G. Lantz, Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards. [FR Doc. 2020–05599 Filed 3–17–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard [Docket No. USCG–2019–0946] Recertification of Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of recertification. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard announces the recertification of the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council (PWSRCAC) as an alternative voluntary advisory group for Prince William Sound, Alaska. This certification allows the PWSRCAC to monitor the activities of terminal facilities and crude oil tankers under an alternative composition, other than prescribed, Prince William Sound Program established by statute. DATES: This recertification is effective for the period from March 2, 2020, through February 28, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information about this document, call or email LT Ian McPhillips, Seventeenth Coast Guard District (dpi), by phone at (907) 463–2809 or email at Ian.P.McPhillips@uscg.mil. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00074 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background and Purpose The Coast Guard published guidelines on December 31, 1992 (57 FR 62600), to assist groups seeking recertification under the Oil Terminal and Oil Tanker Environmental Oversight and Monitoring Act of 1990 (33 U.S.C. 2732) (the Act). The Coast Guard issued a policy statement on July 7, 1993 (58 FR 36504), to clarify the factors that the Coast Guard would be considering in making its determination as to whether advisory groups should be certified in accordance with the Act, and the procedures which the Coast Guard would follow in meeting its certification responsibilities under the Act. Most recently, on September 16, 2002 (67 FR 58440), the Coast Guard changed its policy on recertification procedures for regional citizen’s advisory council by requiring applicants to provide comprehensive information every three years. For the two years in between, applicants only submit information describing substantive changes to the information provided at the last triennial recertification. This is the year in the triennial cycle in which PWSRCAC provided comprehensive information on its application for recertification. The Coast Guard solicited public comments on PWSRCAC recertification through a Notice; Request for comments published on December 26, 2019, titled ‘‘Application for Recertification of Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council’’ (82 FR 29572). The Alyeska Pipeline Service Company pays the PWSRCAC $3.7 million annually in the form of a longterm contract. In return for this funding, the PWSRCAC must annually show that it ‘‘fosters the goals and purposes’’ of OPA 90 and is ‘‘broadly representative of the communities and interests in the vicinity of the terminal facilities and Prince William Sound.’’ The PWSRCAC is an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1989. Though it receives federal oversight like many independent, nonprofit organizations, it is not a federal agency. The PWSRCAC is a local organization that predates the passage of OPA 90. The existence of the PWSRCAC was specifically recognized in OPA 90 where it is defined as an ‘‘alternative voluntary advisory group.’’ Alyeska Pipeline Service Company funds the PWSRCAC, and the Coast Guard ensures the PWSRCAC operates in a fashion that is broadly consistent with OPA 90. E:\FR\FM\18MRN1.SGM 18MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 53 / Wednesday, March 18, 2020 / Notices Coast Guard and planned improvements, increased vessel traffic, existing and potential anchorage areas, changing vessel traffic patterns, weather conditions, or navigational difficulty. The aim of vessel routing measures are to reduce the risk of casualties. Examples of potential measures include traffic separation schemes, two-way routes, recommended tracks, deep-water routes, precautionary areas, and areas to be avoided. The recommendations of the study may lead to future rulemakings or appropriate international agreements. DATES: Comments and related material must be received on or before May 18, 2020. Requests for a public meeting must be submitted on or before April 17, 2020. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG– 2020–0093 using the Federal eRulemaking Portal http:// www.regulations.gov. See the ‘‘Public Participation and Request for Comments’’ portion of the SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION section for further instructions on submitting comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions about this notice or study, call or email Mr. Jerry Barnes, Fifth Coast Guard District (dpw), U.S. Coast Guard; telephone (757) 398–6230, email Jerry.R.Barnes@uscg.mil; or Mr. Matt Creelman, Fifth Coast Guard District (dpw), U.S. Coast Guard; telephone (757) 398–6225, email Matthew.K.Creelman2@uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: [Docket No. USCG–2020–0093] I. Table of Abbreviations Port Access Route Study: Seacoast of North Carolina Including Offshore Approaches to the Cape Fear River and Beaufort Inlet, North Carolina ACPARS Atlantic Coast Port Access Route Study AIS Automatic Identification System COMDTINST Commandant Instruction DHS Department of Homeland Security EEZ Exclusive Economic Zone MTS Marine Transportation System NCPARS North Carolina Port Access Route Study PARS Port Access Route Study TSS Traffic Separation Scheme USCG United States Coast Guard Discussion of Comments On December 26, 2019, the Coast Guard published a Notice; Request for comments titled ‘‘Application for Recertification of Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council’’ in the Federal Register (82 FR 29572). We received 69 comments, all in support of the PWSRCAC recertification. No public meeting was requested. The comments consistently cited PWSRCAC’s broad representation of the respective communities’ interest, appropriate actions to keep the public informed, improvements to both spill response preparation and spill prevention, and oil spill industry monitoring efforts that combat complacency—as intended by the Act. Recertification By letter dated February 25, 2020, the Commander, Seventeenth Coast Guard District, certified that the PWSRCAC qualifies as an alternative voluntary advisory group under 33 U.S.C. 2732(o). This recertification terminates on February 28, 2021. Dated: February 25, 2020. Matthew T. Bell, Jr., Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Seventeenth Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. 2020–05652 Filed 3–17–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of study; request for comments. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard is conducting a Port Access Route Study (PARS) to determine whether existing or additional vessel routing measures are necessary along the seacoast of North Carolina and in the approaches to the Cape Fear River and Beaufort Inlet (hereinafter, ‘‘NCPARS’’). The study is focused on routes between port approaches and international entry and departure transit areas affecting North Carolina ports. The NCPARS will consider whether existing or additional routing measures are necessary to improve navigation safety due to factors such as planned or potential offshore development, current port capabilities jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:54 Mar 17, 2020 Jkt 250001 II. Public Participation and Request for Comments We encourage you to participate in this study by submitting comments and related materials. All comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov and will include any personal information you have provided. A. Submitting Comments: If you submit comments to the online public docket, please include the docket number for this a notice (USCG–2020– 0093), indicate the specific section of PO 00000 Frm 00075 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 15487 this document to which each comment applies, and provide a reason for each suggestion or recommendation. We accept anonymous comments. To submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov, and insert ‘‘USCG–2020–0093’’ in the ‘‘search box.’’ Click ‘‘Search’’ and then click ‘‘Comment Now.’’ We will consider all comments and material received during the comment period. B. Public Meetings: The Coast Guard may hold public meeting(s) if there is sufficient public interest. You must submit a request for one on or before April 17, 2020. You may submit your request for a public meeting online via http://www.regulations.gov. Please explain why you believe a public meeting would be beneficial. If we determine that a public meeting would aid in the study, we will hold a meeting at a time and place announced by a later notice in the Federal Register. C. Viewing Comments and Documents: To view the comments and documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov, click on the ‘‘read comments’’ box, which will then become highlighted in blue. In the ‘‘Keyword’’ box insert ‘‘USCG–2020– 0093’’ and click ‘‘Search.’’ Click the ‘‘Open Docket Folder’’ in the ‘‘Actions’’ column. D. Privacy Act: We accept anonymous comments. All comments received will be posted without change to https:// www.regulations.gov and will include any personal information you have provided. For more about privacy and submissions in response to this document, see DHS’s Correspondence System of Records notice (84 FR 48645, September 26, 2018). Documents mentioned in this notice as being available in the docket, and all public comments, will be in our online docket at https://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. III. Background and Purpose A. Requirements for Port Access Route Studies: Under Section 70003 of Title 46 of the United States Code, the Commandant of the Coast Guard may designate necessary fairways and traffic separation schemes (TSSs) to provide safe access routes for vessels proceeding to and from U.S. ports. The designation of fairways and TSSs recognizes the paramount right of navigation over all other uses in the designated areas. E:\FR\FM\18MRN1.SGM 18MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 53 (Wednesday, March 18, 2020)]
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[FR Doc No: 2020-05652]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

[Docket No. USCG-2019-0946]


Recertification of Prince William Sound Regional Citizens' 
Advisory Council

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Notice of recertification.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard announces the recertification of the Prince 
William Sound Regional Citizens' Advisory Council (PWSRCAC) as an 
alternative voluntary advisory group for Prince William Sound, Alaska. 
This certification allows the PWSRCAC to monitor the activities of 
terminal facilities and crude oil tankers under an alternative 
composition, other than prescribed, Prince William Sound Program 
established by statute.

DATES: This recertification is effective for the period from March 2, 
2020, through February 28, 2021.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information about this document, 
call or email LT Ian McPhillips, Seventeenth Coast Guard District 
(dpi), by phone at (907) 463-2809 or email at 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background and Purpose

    The Coast Guard published guidelines on December 31, 1992 (57 FR 
62600), to assist groups seeking recertification under the Oil Terminal 
and Oil Tanker Environmental Oversight and Monitoring Act of 1990 (33 
U.S.C. 2732) (the Act). The Coast Guard issued a policy statement on 
July 7, 1993 (58 FR 36504), to clarify the factors that the Coast Guard 
would be considering in making its determination as to whether advisory 
groups should be certified in accordance with the Act, and the 
procedures which the Coast Guard would follow in meeting its 
certification responsibilities under the Act. Most recently, on 
September 16, 2002 (67 FR 58440), the Coast Guard changed its policy on 
recertification procedures for regional citizen's advisory council by 
requiring applicants to provide comprehensive information every three 
years. For the two years in between, applicants only submit information 
describing substantive changes to the information provided at the last 
triennial recertification. This is the year in the triennial cycle in 
which PWSRCAC provided comprehensive information on its application for 
recertification. The Coast Guard solicited public comments on PWSRCAC 
recertification through a Notice; Request for comments published on 
December 26, 2019, titled ``Application for Recertification of Prince 
William Sound Regional Citizens' Advisory Council'' (82 FR 29572).
    The Alyeska Pipeline Service Company pays the PWSRCAC $3.7 million 
annually in the form of a long-term contract. In return for this 
funding, the PWSRCAC must annually show that it ``fosters the goals and 
purposes'' of OPA 90 and is ``broadly representative of the communities 
and interests in the vicinity of the terminal facilities and Prince 
William Sound.'' The PWSRCAC is an independent, nonprofit organization 
founded in 1989. Though it receives federal oversight like many 
independent, nonprofit organizations, it is not a federal agency. The 
PWSRCAC is a local organization that predates the passage of OPA 90. 
The existence of the PWSRCAC was specifically recognized in OPA 90 
where it is defined as an ``alternative voluntary advisory group.'' 
Alyeska Pipeline Service Company funds the PWSRCAC, and the Coast Guard 
ensures the PWSRCAC operates in a fashion that is broadly consistent 
with OPA 90.

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Discussion of Comments

    On December 26, 2019, the Coast Guard published a Notice; Request 
for comments titled ``Application for Recertification of Prince William 
Sound Regional Citizens' Advisory Council'' in the Federal Register (82 
FR 29572). We received 69 comments, all in support of the PWSRCAC 
recertification. No public meeting was requested. The comments 
consistently cited PWSRCAC's broad representation of the respective 
communities' interest, appropriate actions to keep the public informed, 
improvements to both spill response preparation and spill prevention, 
and oil spill industry monitoring efforts that combat complacency--as 
intended by the Act.

Recertification

    By letter dated February 25, 2020, the Commander, Seventeenth Coast 
Guard District, certified that the PWSRCAC qualifies as an alternative 
voluntary advisory group under 33 U.S.C. 2732(o). This recertification 
terminates on February 28, 2021.

    Dated: February 25, 2020.
Matthew T. Bell, Jr.,
Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Seventeenth Coast Guard 
District.
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