Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Old Fort Bayou, MS, 7239-7240 [2020-28710]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 16 / Wednesday, January 27, 2021 / Rules and Regulations II. 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 https:// www.regulations.gov. If your material cannot be submitted using https:// www.regulations.gov, contact the person in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document for alternate instructions. We accept anonymous comments. 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[FR Doc. 2021–01104 Filed 1–26–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 117 [Docket No. USCG–2018–0968] khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES RIN 1625–AA09 Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Old Fort Bayou, MS Coast Guard, DHS. Final rule. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard is changing the operating schedule that governs the SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:30 Jan 26, 2021 Jkt 253001 State Road 609 highway bascule bridge across the Old Fort Bayou mile 1.6, Ocean Springs, Harrison County, Mississippi. This change was requested to address increased vehicular congestion, and allows Mississippi Department of Transportation to operate the bridge to meet vessel and traffic needs. DATES: This rule is effective February 26, 2021. ADDRESSES: To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to https:// www.regulations.gov. Type USCG– 2018–0968 in the ‘‘SEARCH’’ box and click ‘‘SEARCH.’’ Click on Open Docket Folder on the line associated with this rule. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this rule, call or email Mr. Doug Blakemore, Eighth Coast Guard District Bridge Administrator; telephone (504) 671–2128, email Douglas.A.Blakemore@uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Table of Abbreviations CFR Code of Federal Regulations DHS Department of Homeland Security E.O. Executive Order FR Federal Register MDOT Mississippi Department of Transportation OMB Office of Management and Budget Pub. L. Public Law NPRM Notice of proposed rulemaking § Section SR State Road U.S.C. United States Code II. Background, Purpose and Legal Basis On July 20, 2020 the Coast Guard published a notice of proposed rulemaking entitled Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Old Fort Bayou, MS in the Federal Register (85 FR 43773), to seek public comments on whether the Coast Guard should consider modifying the current operating schedule to the Old Fort Bayou drawbridge. We received 0 comments. III. Discussion of Proposed Rule The Coast Guard is issuing this rule under authority 33 U.S.C. 499. The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) requested to change the operating requirements for the SR 609 drawbridge across Old Fort Bayou, mile 1.6, Ocean Springs, Harrison County, Mississippi. This bridge currently operates according to the schedule found in 33 CFR part 117. MDOT requested to close the bridge to vessels during peak vehicle traffic periods, from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 7239 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, except federal holidays and to require a 12 hour notification to open the bridge during periods of very little vessel traffic activity on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. This waterway is used by small tows and barges, commercial fisherman and recreational vessels. Closing the bridge to vessel traffic in the morning and evening commuting hours reduces vehicle queues and does not create vessel queues. The reduction in vehicle queues enhances safety by preventing vehicles from backing up on U.S. 90 highway. This bridge opens infrequently to vessels on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, therefore requiring a 12 hour notification provides vessels with a reasonable ability to use Old Fort Bayou. Additionally the bridge is required to open for emergencies according to 33 CFR 117.31. IV. Discussion of Comments, Changes and the Final Rule There were no comments on this rule change. The Coast Guard provided a comment period of 60 days. Based on the vessel data and bridge openings this rule provides vessels with a reasonable ability to use the waterway. We identified no impacts on marine navigation with this proposed rule. V. Regulatory Analyses The Coast Guard developed this proposed rule after considering numerous statutes and Executive orders related to rulemaking. Below we summarize our analyses based on 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 NPRM has not been designated a ‘‘significant regulatory action,’’ under Executive Order 12866. Accordingly, the NPRM 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 ability that vessels can still open the draw and transit given advance notice. Those E:\FR\FM\27JAR1.SGM 27JAR1 7240 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 16 / Wednesday, January 27, 2021 / Rules and Regulations vessels with a vertical clearance requirement of less than 26 feet above mean high water may transit the bridge at any time. Additionally according to 33 CFR 117.31(b) the drawtender shall take all reasonable measures to have the draw opened, regardless of the operating schedule of the draw, for passage of certain vessels during emergency situations. We believe this proposed change to the drawbridge operation regulations at 33 CFR 117.675(a) will meet the reasonable needs of navigation. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES 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 would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The bridge provides a 26 foot vertical clearance at mean high water that should accommodate most present vessel traffic and the bridge will continue to open on signal during most daylight hours for any vessel during the above federal holidays provided at least 12 hour notice is given. While some owners or operators of vessels intending to transit the bridge may be small entities, for the reasons stated in section IV.A above, this proposed rule would 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 proposed rule. If the proposed 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 call for no new collection of information under the VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:30 Jan 26, 2021 Jkt 253001 Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501–3520). D. Federalism and Indian Tribal Government 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 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 proposed rule will not result in such expenditure, we do discuss the effects of this proposed rule elsewhere in this preamble. F. Environment We have analyzed this rule under Department of Homeland Security Management Directive 023–01 and U.S. Coast Guard Environmental Planning Policy COMDTINST 5090.1 (series) which guide the Coast Guard in complying with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321–4370f). We have made a preliminary determination that this action is one of a category of PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 actions that do not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment. This proposed rule promulgates the operating regulations or procedures for drawbridges. Normally this action is categorically excluded from further review, under paragraph L49, of Chapter 3, Table 3–1 of the U.S. Coast Guard Environmental Planning Implementation Procedures. Neither a Record of Environmental Consideration nor a Memorandum for the Record are required for this 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. List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 117 Bridges. For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 33 CFR part 117 as follows: PART 117—DRAWBRIDGE OPERATION REGULATIONS 1. The authority citation for part 117 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 33 U.S.C. 499; 33 CFR 1.05–1; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1. ■ 2. Revise § 117.681 to read as follows: § 117.681 Old Fort Bayou. The draw of the bridge, mile 1.6 at Ocean Springs, shall open on signal; except that, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., the draw shall open on signal if at least eight hour notice is given; on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day the draw shall open on signal if at least 12 hour notice is given; and the draw need not open to vessels from 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. The draw shall open anytime at the direction of the District Commander. Dated: December 16, 2020. John P. Nadeau, Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. 2020–28710 Filed 1–26–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P E:\FR\FM\27JAR1.SGM 27JAR1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 16 (Wednesday, January 27, 2021)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-28710]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 117

[Docket No. USCG-2018-0968]
RIN 1625-AA09


Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Old Fort Bayou, MS

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is changing the operating schedule that 
governs the State Road 609 highway bascule bridge across the Old Fort 
Bayou mile 1.6, Ocean Springs, Harrison County, Mississippi. This 
change was requested to address increased vehicular congestion, and 
allows Mississippi Department of Transportation to operate the bridge 
to meet vessel and traffic needs.

DATES: This rule is effective February 26, 2021.

ADDRESSES: To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being 
available in the docket, go to https://www.regulations.gov. Type USCG-
2018-0968 in the ``SEARCH'' box and click ``SEARCH.'' Click on Open 
Docket Folder on the line associated with this rule.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this rule, 
call or email Mr. Doug Blakemore, Eighth Coast Guard District Bridge 
Administrator; telephone (504) 671-2128, email 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Table of Abbreviations

CFR Code of Federal Regulations
DHS Department of Homeland Security
E.O. Executive Order
FR Federal Register
MDOT Mississippi Department of Transportation
OMB Office of Management and Budget
Pub. L. Public Law
NPRM Notice of proposed rulemaking
Sec.  Section
SR State Road
U.S.C. United States Code

II. Background, Purpose and Legal Basis

    On July 20, 2020 the Coast Guard published a notice of proposed 
rulemaking entitled Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Old Fort Bayou, 
MS in the Federal Register (85 FR 43773), to seek public comments on 
whether the Coast Guard should consider modifying the current operating 
schedule to the Old Fort Bayou drawbridge. We received 0 comments.

III. Discussion of Proposed Rule

    The Coast Guard is issuing this rule under authority 33 U.S.C. 499.
    The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) requested to 
change the operating requirements for the SR 609 drawbridge across Old 
Fort Bayou, mile 1.6, Ocean Springs, Harrison County, Mississippi. This 
bridge currently operates according to the schedule found in 33 CFR 
part 117. MDOT requested to close the bridge to vessels during peak 
vehicle traffic periods, from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 
6 p.m. Monday through Friday, except federal holidays and to require a 
12 hour notification to open the bridge during periods of very little 
vessel traffic activity on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New 
Year's Day.
    This waterway is used by small tows and barges, commercial 
fisherman and recreational vessels. Closing the bridge to vessel 
traffic in the morning and evening commuting hours reduces vehicle 
queues and does not create vessel queues. The reduction in vehicle 
queues enhances safety by preventing vehicles from backing up on U.S. 
90 highway. This bridge opens infrequently to vessels on Thanksgiving 
Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day, therefore requiring a 12 hour 
notification provides vessels with a reasonable ability to use Old Fort 
Bayou.
    Additionally the bridge is required to open for emergencies 
according to 33 CFR 117.31.

IV. Discussion of Comments, Changes and the Final Rule

    There were no comments on this rule change. The Coast Guard 
provided a comment period of 60 days. Based on the vessel data and 
bridge openings this rule provides vessels with a reasonable ability to 
use the waterway. We identified no impacts on marine navigation with 
this proposed rule.

V. Regulatory Analyses

    The Coast Guard developed this proposed rule after considering 
numerous statutes and Executive orders related to rulemaking. Below we 
summarize our analyses based on 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 NPRM has not been 
designated a ``significant regulatory action,'' under Executive Order 
12866. Accordingly, the NPRM 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 ability that vessels can still open the 
draw and transit given advance notice. Those

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vessels with a vertical clearance requirement of less than 26 feet 
above mean high water may transit the bridge at any time. Additionally 
according to 33 CFR 117.31(b) the drawtender shall take all reasonable 
measures to have the draw opened, regardless of the operating schedule 
of the draw, for passage of certain vessels during emergency 
situations. We believe this proposed change to the drawbridge operation 
regulations at 33 CFR 117.675(a) will meet the reasonable needs of 
navigation.

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 would not have a significant economic impact on a 
substantial number of small entities.
    The bridge provides a 26 foot vertical clearance at mean high water 
that should accommodate most present vessel traffic and the bridge will 
continue to open on signal during most daylight hours for any vessel 
during the above federal holidays provided at least 12 hour notice is 
given. While some owners or operators of vessels intending to transit 
the bridge may be small entities, for the reasons stated in section 
IV.A above, this proposed rule would 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 proposed rule. If the proposed 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 call for no new collection of information 
under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520).

D. Federalism and Indian Tribal Government

    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 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 proposed rule will not 
result in such expenditure, we do discuss the effects of this proposed 
rule elsewhere in this preamble.

F. Environment

    We have analyzed this rule under Department of Homeland Security 
Management Directive 023-01 and U.S. Coast Guard Environmental Planning 
Policy COMDTINST 5090.1 (series) which guide the Coast Guard in 
complying with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 
U.S.C. 4321-4370f). We 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 promulgates the operating regulations or procedures for 
drawbridges. Normally this action is categorically excluded from 
further review, under paragraph L49, of Chapter 3, Table 3-1 of the 
U.S. Coast Guard Environmental Planning Implementation Procedures.
    Neither a Record of Environmental Consideration nor a Memorandum 
for the Record are required for this 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.

List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 117

    Bridges.

    For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 
33 CFR part 117 as follows:

PART 117--DRAWBRIDGE OPERATION REGULATIONS

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1. The authority citation for part 117 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 33 U.S.C. 499; 33 CFR 1.05-1; Department of Homeland 
Security Delegation No. 0170.1.


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2. Revise Sec.  117.681 to read as follows:


Sec.  117.681  Old Fort Bayou.

    The draw of the bridge, mile 1.6 at Ocean Springs, shall open on 
signal; except that, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., the draw shall open on 
signal if at least eight hour notice is given; on Thanksgiving Day, 
Christmas Day and New Year's Day the draw shall open on signal if at 
least 12 hour notice is given; and the draw need not open to vessels 
from 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through 
Friday, except federal holidays. The draw shall open anytime at the 
direction of the District Commander.

    Dated: December 16, 2020.
John P. Nadeau,
Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District.
[FR Doc. 2020-28710 Filed 1-26-21; 8:45 am]
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