Special Local Regulation for Marine Events; Recurring Marine Events in the Fifth Coast Guard District
The Coast Guard is amending the list of recurring marine events within the Fifth Coast Guard District. These regulations make small changes to the regulated areas of two permitted marine events listed in the table attached to the regulation. These special local regulations are necessary to provide for the safety of life on navigable waters during marine events. This action will restrict vessel traffic in portions of the Chesapeake Bay and Assateague Channel, Virginia.
Special Local Regulation for Marine Events; Mattaponi River, Wakema, VA
The Coast Guard proposes to establish special local regulations during the ``Mattaponi Madness Drag Boat Race Series,'' a series of power boat races to be held on the waters of the Mattaponi River, near Wakema, Virginia. These special local regulations are necessary to provide for the safety of life on navigable waters during the events. This action is intended to restrict vessel traffic during the power boat races in a segment of the Mattaponi River that flows along the border of King William County and King and Queen County near Wakema, Virginia.
Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Connection Slough, Bacon Island, CA
The Coast Guard is changing the drawbridge operation regulation governing the operation of the Connection Slough Drawbridge. This final rule ensures a drawbridge operator can be contacted, is present at the drawbridge during identified increased navigation periods, and reduces the hours a drawbridge operator is required to be at the drawbridge and not gainfully employed. These changes will continue to provide for the reasonable needs of navigation.
Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Vessel and Facility Response Plans for Oil: 2003 Removal Equipment Requirements and Alternative Technology Revisions
The Coast Guard announces the availability of the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (FPEIS) for the rulemaking entitled Vessel and Facility Response Plans for Oil: 2003 Removal Equipment Requirements and Alternative Technology Revisions (Docket No. USCG-2001-8661). The FPEIS assesses the potential environmental impacts from an increase of oil removal capability requirements for tank vessels and marine transportation-related (MTR) facilities. We request your comments on the FPEIS.
Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Passaic River, NJTRO Bridge, Harrison, NJ, Maintenance
The Commander, First Coast Guard District, has issued a temporary deviation from the regulation governing the operation of the New Jersey Transit Rail Operations (NJTRO) Newark-Harrison Bridge across the Passaic River, mile 5.8, at Harrison, New Jersey. The deviation is necessary to facilitate mechanical rehabilitation at the bridge. The deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed position for four months. A two week advance notice for bridge openings will be required during the four months of construction.