Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Okeechobee Waterway, Indiantown, FL, 39961-39963 [2021-15833]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 140 / Monday, July 26, 2021 / Rules and Regulations 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. 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 a special local regulation lasting only 4 hours that will prohibit entry from mile 648 to 650 on the Tennessee River. It is categorically excluded from further review under paragraph L[61] and L[63a] of Appendix A, Table 1 of DHS Instruction Manual 023–01–001–01, Rev. 1. G. Protest Activities jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 100 Marine safety, Navigation (water), Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Waterways. For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 33 CFR part 100 as follows: PART 100—SAFETY OF LIFE ON NAVIGABLE WATERS 1. The authority citation for part 100 continues to read as follows: ■ 15:54 Jul 23, 2021 2. Add § 100.T08–0547 to read as follows: ■ § 100.T08–0547 Tennessee River MM 648 to MM 650, Knoxville, TN. (a) Regulated area. The regulations in this section apply to the following area: All waters of the Tennessee River from MM 648 to 650. (b) Regulations. (1) All nonparticipants are prohibited from entering, transiting through, anchoring in, or remaining within the regulated area described in paragraph (a) of this section unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Sector Ohio Valley (COTP) or their designated representative. (2) To seek permission to enter, contact the COTP or the COTP’s representative by phone at 502–779– 5422. Those in the regulated area must comply with all lawful orders or directions given to them by the COTP or the designated representative. (3) The COTP will provide notice of the regulated area through advanced notice via broadcast notice to mariners. (c) Enforcement period. This section will be enforced on Auguest 1, 2021, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Jkt 253001 To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to https:// www.regulations.gov. Type USCG– 2021–0099 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. Omar Beceiro, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Miami Waterways Management Division, telephone 305– 535–4317, email Omar.Beceiro@ uscg.mil. ADDRESSES: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Table of Abbreviations CFR Code of Federal Regulations DHS Department of Homeland Security FR Federal Register OMB Office of Management and Budget NPRM Notice of proposed rulemaking (Advance, Supplemental) § Section U.S.C. United States Code FL Florida AGENCY: II. Background Information and Regulatory History On March 5, 2021, the Coast Guard published a Test Deviation, with a request for comments, entitled ‘‘Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Okeechobee Waterway, Indiantown, FL,’’ in the Federal Register (86 FR 12821), to test this operating schedule for the Seaboard System Railroad Bridge. Zero comments were received during the test period. On April 12, 2021, the Coast Guard published a notice of proposed rulemaking entitled ‘‘Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Okeechobee Waterway, Indiantown, FL,’’ in the Federal Register (86 FR 18929). There we stated why we issued the NPRM, and invited comments on our proposed regulatory action related to this regulatory change. During the comment period that ended June 11, 2021, we received one comment which is addressed in Section IV of this final rule. The Coast Guard is changing the operating schedule that governs the Seaboard System Railroad Bridge, across the Okeechobee Waterway, mile 28.2, at Indiantown, FL. This change will allow the swing bridge to be remotely operated, change the start and end times for advance notification for an opening during the overnight hours and update the name of the bridge. DATES: This rule is effective August 25, 2021. III. Legal Authority and Need for Rule The Coast Guard is issuing this rule under authority 33 U.S.C. 499. The Seaboard System Railroad Bridge across the Okeechobee Waterway, mile 28.2, at Indiantown, FL, is a swing bridge with a seven-foot vertical clearance at mean high water in the closed position. Navigation on the waterway is commercial and recreational. The operating schedule for the bridge is set forth in 33 CFR 117.317(e). The rule allows the swing bridge to be remotely monitored and operated. The Dated: July 14, 2021. A.M. Beach, Captian, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port Sector Ohio Valley. [FR Doc. 2021–15805 Filed 7–23–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 117 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 Authority: 46 U.S.C. 70041; 33 CFR 1.05– 1. 39961 [Docket No. USCG–2021–0099] RIN 1625–AA09 Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Okeechobee Waterway, Indiantown, FL Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security (DHS). ACTION: Final rule. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\26JYR1.SGM 26JYR1 39962 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 140 / Monday, July 26, 2021 / Rules and Regulations swing bridge will remain in the open to navigation position during daylight hours and close only for the passage of rail traffic. The start of the three hour advance notice for an opening will begin earlier each evening and end one hour later each morning. The time changes for the three hour advance notice will align with the operating schedule of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Locks along this portion of the Okeechobee Waterway. The changes allow for the swing bridge to operate more efficiently while taking into account the reasonable needs of navigation. Additionally, the name of the swing bridge would be updated to reflect the current bridge owner. This change allows vessels that are capable of transiting under the bridge, without an opening, to do so at any time and vessels are able to transit the bridge when advanced notice is given. Vessels in distress and public vessels of the United States must be allowed to pass at any time. IV. Discussion of Comments, Changes, and the Final Rule The one comment received did not object to the rule change but provided suggestions in addition to the proposed rule change. The commenter felt the bridge should remain open until 6 p.m. before shifting to the three hour advanced notice for an opening. The rule allows the bridge to shift to the three hour advanced notice at 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. daily. The commenter would like signage to be placed at unspecified locations along the waterway approximately one mile before the bridge. Per the commenter, this would greatly reduce congestion in the narrow channel at the bridge when in the closed position. Contact information for the bridge is found in 33 CFR 117.317(e) and posted on the bridge per Federal drawbridge regulations. Additional posting requirements, not in accordance Federal drawbridge regulations, are outside the Coast Guard’s authority. The Coast Guard provided the bridge owner, CSX Transportation, with this recommendation from the commenter for consideration. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES 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 protesters. VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:54 Jul 23, 2021 Jkt 253001 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. This rule has not been designated a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866. Accordingly, it has not been reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This regulatory action determination is based on the fact that vessels can still transit the bridge given advanced notice and vessels that can transit under the bridge without an opening may do so at anytime. B. Impact on Small Entities The Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 (RFA), 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 received zero comments from the Small Business Administration on this rule. 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 bridge 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 may affect your small business, organization, or governmental jurisdiction or you have questions concerning its provisions or options for compliance, please contact 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 PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 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 calls 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 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. 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 Management Directive 023–01, Rev.1, associated implementing instructions, and 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). The Coast Guard has determined that this action is one of a category of actions that do not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on E:\FR\FM\26JYR1.SGM 26JYR1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 140 / Monday, July 26, 2021 / Rules and Regulations the human environment. This rule promulgates the operating regulations or procedures for drawbridges and 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: ■ Dated: July 7, 2021. Eric C. Jones, Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander Seventh Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. 2021–15833 Filed 7–23–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P Authority: 33 U.S.C. 499; 33 CFR 1.05–1; and Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY 2. Amend § 117.317 by revising paragraph (e) to read as follows: Coast Guard § 117.317 33 CFR Part 117 ■ Okeechobee Waterway. * jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES vessel entering the swing radius of the bridge, the operator shall initiate the closing sequence, which includes the sounding of a horn. The span will remain in the closed position for the entire time the track circuit is occupied displaying red lights. (5) After the train has cleared the track circuit, the span shall open and green lights will be displayed. (6) From 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., the bridge will be in the closed to navigation position and will open if at least a three hour advance notice is requested via marine radio channel 9 VHF or telephone (813) 677–3974. (7) The bridge shall not be operated from the remote location in the following events: Failure or obstruction of the detection sensors, remote actuation systems, cameras, or marine radio communications, or when directed by the Coast Guard. In these situations, a bridge operator must be onsite and locally operate the bridge. * * * * * * * * * (e) Seaboard System Railroad bridge, mile 28.2 at Indiantown. The draw of the CSX Railroad Bridge, mile 28.2 at Indiantown, FL, shall operate as follows: (1) The swing bridge is not tendered locally, but will be monitored and operated by a remote operator. (2) Marine radio communication shall be maintained, by the remote operator, with mariners near the bridge for the safety of navigation. Visual monitoring of the waterway shall be maintained with the use of cameras. Detection sensors shall be installed for the detection of vessels entering the radius of the swing span of the bridge while in operation. (3) From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., the bridge will be maintained in the open to navigation position and will display green lights to indicate that the span is fully open. (4) When a train approaches, the remote operator shall monitor for vessels in the vicinity of the bridge. Provided the sensors do not detect a VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:54 Jul 23, 2021 Jkt 253001 [Docket No. USCG–2020–0056] RIN 1625–AA09 Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Fox River, Oshkosh, WI Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security (DHS). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The Coast Guard is amending the operating schedule that governs the Canadian National Railroad Bridge, mile 55.72, across the Fox River to operate remotely. The request was made by the bridge owner. This rule re-establishes remote operations of the bridge and will not change the operating schedule of the bridge. DATES: This rule is effective August 25, 2021. ADDRESSES: To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to https:// www.regulations.gov. Type USCG– 2020–0056 in the ‘‘SEARCH’’ box and click ‘‘SEARCH.’’ Click on Open Docket SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 39963 Folder on the line associated with this rule. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this rule, call or email Mr. Lee D. Soule, Bridge Management Specialist, Ninth Coast Guard District; telephone 216–902– 6085, email Lee.D.Soule@uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Table of Abbreviations CFR Code of Federal Regulations DHS Department of Homeland Security FR Federal Register OMB Office of Management and Budget NPRM Notice of proposed rulemaking (Advance, Supplemental) § Section TD Temporary deviation with request for comments U.S.C. United States Code II. Background Information and Regulatory History In 2010 we published a NPRM to solicit comments concerning allowing the Canadian National Railroad Bridge, mile 55.72 to operate remotely (75 FR 76322, December 8, 2010; USCG–2010– 1029). The public requested the bridge owner to install and maintain additional warning lights. The NPRM was withdrawn because the railroad refused to install and maintain the additional warning lights the public requested (76 FR 13312, March 11, 2011). Recently, the Railroad has agreed that from April 27 through October 7 additional warning lights, specifically those alternating flashing red lights that mimic a Grade Crossing Signal commonly found at highway railroad crossing would be installed and maintained to warn mariners that the bridge was about to close. The remote operator shall also announce that the bridge is opening or closing on VHF–FM Marine Radiotelephone. The owners of the bridge shall maintain 2 board gauges in accordance with 33 CFR 118.160. The remote drawtender may be contacted by mariners at any time by radiotelephone or commercial phone number; this information shall be so posted on the bridge so that they are plainly visible to vessel operators approaching the up or downstream side of the bridge. The current winter operating schedule requiring vessels to provide at least 12hours advance notice for a bridge opening during the winter will remain in effect. Additionally, the clearance gauges would still be required to indicate to vessels the water levels and clearance while the bridge is in the closed position. During the comment period, a tender will be at the bridge to allow the public to observe the proposed bridge operations. We E:\FR\FM\26JYR1.SGM 26JYR1

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 117

[Docket No. USCG-2021-0099]
RIN 1625-AA09


Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Okeechobee Waterway, Indiantown, 
FL

AGENCY: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is changing the operating schedule that 
governs the Seaboard System Railroad Bridge, across the Okeechobee 
Waterway, mile 28.2, at Indiantown, FL. This change will allow the 
swing bridge to be remotely operated, change the start and end times 
for advance notification for an opening during the overnight hours and 
update the name of the bridge.

DATES: This rule is effective August 25, 2021.

ADDRESSES: To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being 
available in the docket, go to https://www.regulations.gov. Type USCG-
2021-0099 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. Omar Beceiro, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Miami Waterways 
Management Division, telephone 305-535-4317, email 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Table of Abbreviations

CFR Code of Federal Regulations
DHS Department of Homeland Security
FR Federal Register
OMB Office of Management and Budget
NPRM Notice of proposed rulemaking (Advance, Supplemental)
Sec.  Section
U.S.C. United States Code
FL Florida

II. Background Information and Regulatory History

    On March 5, 2021, the Coast Guard published a Test Deviation, with 
a request for comments, entitled ``Drawbridge Operation Regulation; 
Okeechobee Waterway, Indiantown, FL,'' in the Federal Register (86 FR 
12821), to test this operating schedule for the Seaboard System 
Railroad Bridge. Zero comments were received during the test period.
    On April 12, 2021, the Coast Guard published a notice of proposed 
rulemaking entitled ``Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Okeechobee 
Waterway, Indiantown, FL,'' in the Federal Register (86 FR 18929). 
There we stated why we issued the NPRM, and invited comments on our 
proposed regulatory action related to this regulatory change. During 
the comment period that ended June 11, 2021, we received one comment 
which is addressed in Section IV of this final rule.

III. Legal Authority and Need for Rule

    The Coast Guard is issuing this rule under authority 33 U.S.C. 499. 
The Seaboard System Railroad Bridge across the Okeechobee Waterway, 
mile 28.2, at Indiantown, FL, is a swing bridge with a seven-foot 
vertical clearance at mean high water in the closed position. 
Navigation on the waterway is commercial and recreational. The 
operating schedule for the bridge is set forth in 33 CFR 117.317(e).
    The rule allows the swing bridge to be remotely monitored and 
operated. The

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swing bridge will remain in the open to navigation position during 
daylight hours and close only for the passage of rail traffic. The 
start of the three hour advance notice for an opening will begin 
earlier each evening and end one hour later each morning. The time 
changes for the three hour advance notice will align with the operating 
schedule of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Locks along this 
portion of the Okeechobee Waterway. The changes allow for the swing 
bridge to operate more efficiently while taking into account the 
reasonable needs of navigation. Additionally, the name of the swing 
bridge would be updated to reflect the current bridge owner.
    This change allows vessels that are capable of transiting under the 
bridge, without an opening, to do so at any time and vessels are able 
to transit the bridge when advanced notice is given. Vessels in 
distress and public vessels of the United States must be allowed to 
pass at any time.

IV. Discussion of Comments, Changes, and the Final Rule

    The one comment received did not object to the rule change but 
provided suggestions in addition to the proposed rule change. The 
commenter felt the bridge should remain open until 6 p.m. before 
shifting to the three hour advanced notice for an opening. The rule 
allows the bridge to shift to the three hour advanced notice at 7 p.m. 
until 7 a.m. daily. The commenter would like signage to be placed at 
unspecified locations along the waterway approximately one mile before 
the bridge. Per the commenter, this would greatly reduce congestion in 
the narrow channel at the bridge when in the closed position. Contact 
information for the bridge is found in 33 CFR 117.317(e) and posted on 
the bridge per Federal drawbridge regulations. Additional posting 
requirements, not in accordance Federal drawbridge regulations, are 
outside the Coast Guard's authority. The Coast Guard provided the 
bridge owner, CSX Transportation, with this recommendation from the 
commenter for consideration.

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 protesters.

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. This rule has not been designated a ``significant 
regulatory action'' under Executive Order 12866. Accordingly, it has 
not been reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
    This regulatory action determination is based on the fact that 
vessels can still transit the bridge given advanced notice and vessels 
that can transit under the bridge without an opening may do so at 
anytime.

B. Impact on Small Entities

    The Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 (RFA), 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 received zero comments from the Small Business 
Administration on this rule. 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 
bridge 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 may affect your small 
business, organization, or governmental jurisdiction or you have 
questions concerning its provisions or options for compliance, please 
contact 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 calls 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 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.

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 
Management Directive 023-01, Rev.1, associated implementing 
instructions, and 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). The 
Coast Guard has determined that this action is one of a category of 
actions that do not individually or cumulatively have a significant 
effect on

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the human environment. This rule promulgates the operating regulations 
or procedures for drawbridges and 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; and Department of 
Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1.


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2. Amend Sec.  117.317 by revising paragraph (e) to read as follows:


Sec.  117.317  Okeechobee Waterway.

* * * * *
    (e) Seaboard System Railroad bridge, mile 28.2 at Indiantown. The 
draw of the CSX Railroad Bridge, mile 28.2 at Indiantown, FL, shall 
operate as follows:
    (1) The swing bridge is not tendered locally, but will be monitored 
and operated by a remote operator.
    (2) Marine radio communication shall be maintained, by the remote 
operator, with mariners near the bridge for the safety of navigation. 
Visual monitoring of the waterway shall be maintained with the use of 
cameras. Detection sensors shall be installed for the detection of 
vessels entering the radius of the swing span of the bridge while in 
operation.
    (3) From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., the bridge will be maintained in the 
open to navigation position and will display green lights to indicate 
that the span is fully open.
    (4) When a train approaches, the remote operator shall monitor for 
vessels in the vicinity of the bridge. Provided the sensors do not 
detect a vessel entering the swing radius of the bridge, the operator 
shall initiate the closing sequence, which includes the sounding of a 
horn. The span will remain in the closed position for the entire time 
the track circuit is occupied displaying red lights.
    (5) After the train has cleared the track circuit, the span shall 
open and green lights will be displayed.
    (6) From 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., the bridge will be in the closed to 
navigation position and will open if at least a three hour advance 
notice is requested via marine radio channel 9 VHF or telephone (813) 
677-3974.
    (7) The bridge shall not be operated from the remote location in 
the following events: Failure or obstruction of the detection sensors, 
remote actuation systems, cameras, or marine radio communications, or 
when directed by the Coast Guard. In these situations, a bridge 
operator must be on-site and locally operate the bridge.
* * * * *

    Dated: July 7, 2021.
Eric C. Jones,
Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander Seventh Coast Guard District.
[FR Doc. 2021-15833 Filed 7-23-21; 8:45 am]
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