Safety Zone; Sacramento River, Sacramento, CA

Summary:

The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone within the navigable waters of the Sacramento River, Sacramento, CA, for a water festival that includes high-speed boat exhibitions, water safety demonstrations, and other water-skiing and wake-boarding demonstrations that will take place on the Sacramento River between the mouth of the American River and the entrance to the Miller Park Marina along the Sacramento waterfront. This safety zone is necessary to protect the racing boat operators, water safety demonstration participants, other event participants, spectators, and vessels and other property from the hazards associated with the water festival activities. Persons and vessels are prohibited from entering into, transiting through, or anchoring within this safety zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port, or his designated representative.

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Addresses:

Comments and material received from the public, as well as documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket, are part of the docket [COTP San Francisco Bay 03-019] and are available for inspection or copying at Coast Guard Marine Safety Office San Francisco Bay, Coast Guard Island, Alameda, California, 94501, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

For further information contact:

Lieutenant Doug L. Ebbers, U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office San Francisco Bay, at (510) 437-3073.

Supplementary information:

Regulatory Information

We did not publish a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for this regulation. Under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for not publishing an NPRM. Due to the complex coordination involved in planning the festival, major planning components of the Sacramento Bridge to Bridge Water Festival were only recently completed, and the logistical details surrounding the boat races and water safety demonstrations were not finalized and presented to the Coast Guard in time to draft and publish an NPRM. As such the event would occur before the rulemaking process was complete. Any delay in implementing this rule would be contrary to the public interest since immediate action is necessary to temporarily close the area in order to protect the maritime public from the hazards associated with these boat races, water-skiing demonstrations and aircraft demonstrations, which are intended for public entertainment.

For the same reasons stated above, 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.

Background and Purpose

The Sacramento Convention Visitors Bureau is sponsoring the Sacramento Bridge to Bridge Water Festival on July 19 and 20, 2003, an event involving aircraft and boat water safety demonstrations, high-speed boat races, and other water-borne demonstrations of short duration. This safety zone is necessary to protect the spectators along with vessels and other property from the hazards associated with the event. This temporary safety zone will consist of the navigable waters of the Sacramento River between the Pioneer Bridge and the mouth of the American River. The Coast Guard has granted the Sacramento Convention Visitors Bureau a marine event permit for this event.

Discussion of Rule

The following area will constitute a temporary safety zone: All navigable waters of the Sacramento River in an area four thousand yards by two hundred yards bounded by the following positions: 38°35′49.0″ N, 121°30′30.0″ W; thence to 38°35′49.0″ N, 121°30′23.0″ W; thence to 38°33′40.0″ N, 121°30′59.0″ W; thence to 38°33′46.0″ N, 121°31′11.0″ W; thence returning to the point of origin (NAD 83). Entry into, transit through or anchoring within the safety zone is prohibited, unless authorized by the Captain of the Port, or his designated representative.

Regulatory Evaluation

This rule is not a “significant regulatory action” under section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, and does not require an assessment of potential costs and benefits under section 6(a)(3) of that Order. The Office of Management and Budget has not reviewed it under that Order. It is not “significant” under the regulatory policies and procedures of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Although this safety zone does restrict boating traffic within the Sacramento River, the effect of this regulation will not be significant as the safety zone will be short in duration.

Small Entities

Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612), we have considered whether this rule would have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The term “small entities” comprises small businesses, not-for-profitorganizations that are independently owned and operated and are not dominant in their fields, and governmental jurisdictions with populations of less than 50,000. For the same reasons set forth in the above Regulatory Evaluation, the Coast Guard certifies under 5 U.S.C. 605(b) that this rule is not expected to have a significant economic impact on any substantial number of entities, regardless of their size.

This safety zone will not have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities because although the safety zone will occupy most of the width of the river at that point, the Patrol Commander of the event will open it up from approximately 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. on each of the two days to allow vessel traffic to pass through. In addition, most of the vessels in that area will be participating in the event, so the impact will be at a minimum.

Assistance For Small Entities

Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-121), we offered to assist small entities in understanding the rule so that they could better evaluate its effects on them and participate in the rulemaking process. If the rule will affect your small business, organization, or government jurisdiction and you have questions concerning its provisions or options for compliance, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT for assistance in understanding this rule.

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).

Collection of Information

This rule contains no collection of information requirements under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520).

Federalism

A rule has implications for federalism under Executive Order 13132, Federalism, if it has a substantial direct effect on State or local governments and would either preempt State law or impose a substantial direct cost of compliance on them. We have analyzed this rule under that Order and have determined that it does not have implications for federalism.

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 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.

Taking of Private Property

This rule will not effect a taking of private property or otherwise have taking implications under Executive Order 12630, Governmental Actions and Interference with Constitutionally Protected Property Rights.

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.

Protection of Children

We have 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 does not create an environmental risk to health or risk to safety that may disproportionately affect children.

Indian Tribal Governments

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.

Energy Effects

We have analyzed this rule under Executive Order 13211, Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use. We have determined that 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. It has not been designated by the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs as a significant energy action. Therefore, it does not require a Statement of Energy Effects under Executive Order 13211.

Environment

We have analyzed this rule under Commandant Instruction M16475.lD, which guides the Coast Guard in complying with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321-4370f), and have concluded that there are no factors in this case that would limit the use of a categorical exclusion under section 2.B.2 of the Instruction. Therefore, this rule is categorically excluded, under figure 2-1, paragraph (34)(g), of the Instruction, from further environmental documentation because we are establishing a safety zone.

An “Environmental Analysis Checklist” and a “Categorical Exclusion Determination” is available in the docket for inspection or copying where indicated under ADDRESSES.

List of subjects in 33 cfr part 165

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

For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard proposes to amend 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:

33 U.S.C. 1231; 50 U.S.C. 191; 33 CFR 1.05-1(g), 6.04-1, 6.04-6, and 160.5; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.

2. From 9 a.m. on July 19, 2003 through 5:30 p.m. on July 20, 2003 add § 165.T11-091 to read as follows: § 165.T11-091

(a)Location. The following area is designated as a safety zone: an area which is four thousand yards by two hundred yards and which will be bounded by the following positions: 38°35′49.0″ N, 121°30′30.0″ W; thence to 38°35′49.0″ N, 121°30′23.0″ W; thence to 38°33′40.0″ N, 121°30′59.0″ W; thence to 38°33′46.0″ N, 121°31′11.0″ W; thence returning to the point of origin (NAD 83).

(b)Regulations.(1) In accordance with the general regulations in § 165.23 of this part, entry into, transit through,or anchoring within this zone by all vessels is prohibited, unless authorized by the Captain of the Port, or a designated representative thereof.

(2) Persons desiring to transit the area of the safety zone may contact the Patrol Commander on VHF-FM channel 83, or the Captain of the Port at telephone number 510-437-3073 or on VHF-FM channel 16 (156.8 Mhz) to seek permission to transit the area. If permission is granted, all persons and vessels must comply with the instructions of the Captain of the Port or his designated representative.

(c)Enforcement. All persons and vessels shall comply with the instructions of the Coast Guard Captain of the Port or the designated on-scene patrol personnel. Patrol personnel comprise commissioned, warrant, and petty officers of the Coast Guard onboard Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, local, state, and federal law enforcement vessels. Upon being hailed by U.S. Coast Guard patrol personnel by siren, radio, flashing light, or other means, the operator of a vessel shall proceed as directed.

(d)Effective period. This section will be enforced from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (PDT) on July 19 and 20, 2003. If the event concludes prior to the scheduled termination time, the Captain of the Port will cease enforcement of the safety zone and will announce that fact via Broadcast Notice to Mariners.

Dated: July 9, 2003. Steven J. Boyle,

Commander, U.S. Coast Guard, Acting Captain of the Port, San Francisco Bay, California.

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