[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 199 (Monday, October 15, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 62440-62442]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-25056]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 165

[Docket No. USCG-2012-0889]
RIN 1625-AA00


Safety Zone; Wounded Warriors Benefit, Lake Erie, Huron, OH

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Temporary final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on the 
waters of Lake Erie, East Huron, Ohio. This regulation is intended to 
restrict vessels from portions of Lake Erie during the Wounded Warriors 
Benefit. This safety zone is necessary to protect spectators and 
vessels from the hazards associated with launched pumpkins.

DATES: This rule is effective from 10:00 a.m. on October 27, 2012, 
until 7:00 p.m. on October 28, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Documents mentioned in this preamble are part of docket 
USCG-2012-0889. To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being 
available in the docket, go http://www.regulations.gov, type the docket 
number in the ``SEARCH'' box and click ``SEARCH.'' Click on Open Docket 
Folder on the line associated with this rulemaking. You may also visit 
the Docket Management Facility in Room W12-140 on the ground floor of 
the Department of Transportation West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue 
SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except federal holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this 
temporary rule, call or email the Marine Events Coordinator, LTJG 
Benjamin Nessia, Marine Safety Unit, Toledo, 420 Madison Avenue Suite 
700, Toledo, OH 43604; (419) 418-6040, email 
Benjamin.B.Nessia@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing the 
docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, 
telephone 202-366-9826.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Table of Acronyms

DHS Department of Homeland Security
FR Federal Register
NPRM Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

A. Regulatory History and Information

    The Coast Guard is issuing this temporary final rule without prior 
notice and opportunity to comment pursuant to authority under section 
4(a) of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 553(b)). This 
provision authorizes an agency to issue a rule without prior notice and 
opportunity to comment when the agency for good cause finds that those 
procedures are ``impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public 
interest.'' Under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), the Coast Guard finds that good 
cause exists for not publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) 
with respect to this rule because doing so would be impracticable and 
contrary to the public interest. The details of this year's event were 
not submitted in sufficient time for the Coast Guard to solicit public 
comments before the start of the event. Thus, waiting for a notice and 
comment period to run would inhibit the Coast Guard from protecting the 
public and vessels from the hazards associated with the event.
    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. Delaying this rule would be 
impracticable and contrary to the public interest for the same reasons 
discussed in the preceding paragraph.

B. Basis and Purpose

    On October 27, 2012, a pumpkin launching event will take place on 
Lake Erie in which participants shoot pumpkins from an air cannon into 
the lake in East Huron, OH. This event is known as the Wounded Warriors 
Benefit. The Captain of the Port Detroit has determined that this 
benefit is in close proximity to other watercraft and poses a 
significant risk to public safety and property. Thus, the Captain of 
the Port Detroit has determined it necessary to establish a safety zone 
to control vessel movement around the location of the launch platform 
which will help ensure the safety of persons and property at these 
events and help minimize the associated risks.

C. Discussion of Proposed Rule

    As suggested above, this rule is intended to ensure safety of the 
public and vessels during the Wounded Warriors Benefit. This rule will 
be effective from 10:00 a.m. on October 27, 2012 until 7:00 p.m. on 
October 28, 2012, and enforced from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on 
October 27, 2012; in the event of inclement weather, the zone will be 
enforced from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on October 28, 2012. The 
safety zone will encompass all waters of Lake Erie within a 2500 ft 
radius of the pumpkin launching site located at position 41[deg] 23' 
6.7194'' N, -82[deg] 27' 46.6812'' W. All geographic coordinates are 
North American Datum of 1983 (NAD 83).
    Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone is 
prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Detroit or his 
designated on scene representative. The on-scene representative may be 
present on any Coast Guard, state or local law enforcement, or sponsor 
provided vessel assigned to patrol the event. The Captain of the Port 
or his designated on-scene representative may be contacted via VHF 
Channel 16.

C. Regulatory Analyses

    We developed this rule after considering numerous statutes and 
executive orders related to rulemaking. Below we summarize our analyses

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based on these statutes or executive orders.

1. Regulatory Planning and Review

    This rule is not a significant regulatory action under section 3(f) 
of Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, as 
supplemented by Executive Order 13563, Improving Regulation and 
Regulatory Review, and does not require an assessment of potential 
costs and benefits under section 6(a)(3) of Executive Order 12866 or 
under section 1 of Executive Order 13563. The Office of Management and 
Budget has not reviewed it under those Orders. It is not 
``significant'' under the regulatory policies and procedures of the 
Department of Homeland Security (DHS). We conclude that this rule is 
not a significant regulatory action because we anticipate that it will 
have minimal impact on the economy, will not interfere with other 
agencies, will not adversely alter the budget of any grant or loan 
recipients, and will not raise any novel legal or policy issues. The 
safety zone will be relatively small and exist for a relatively short 
time. Thus, restrictions on vessel movement within that particular area 
are expected to be minimal. Under certain conditions, moreover, vessels 
may still transit through the area when permitted by the Captain of the 
Port.

2. Impact on Small Entities

    Under 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 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.
    This rule will affect the following entities, some of which may be 
small entities: The owners or operators of vessels intending to transit 
or anchor in the portion of Lake Erie discussed above during the 
enforcement of the safety zone established herein.
    This safety zone will not have a significant economic impact on a 
substantial number of small entities for the following reasons: This 
rule will be enforced for approximately nine hours on either October 27 
or 28, 2012.

3. Assistance for Small Entities

    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 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 above.
    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.

4. 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).

5. Federalism

    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 determined 
that this rule does not have implications for federalism.

6. Protest Activities

    The Coast Guard respects the First Amendment rights of protesters. 
Protesters are asked to contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER 
INTFORMATION CONTACT section to coordinate protest activities so that 
your message can be received without jeopardizing the safety or 
security of people, places or vessels.

7. 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.

8. Taking of Private Property

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

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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 Federal Government and Indian tribes.

12. Energy Effects

    This action is not a ``significant energy action'' under Executive 
Order 13211, Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect 
Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use.

13. Technical Standards

    This rule does not use technical standards. Therefore, we did not 
consider the use of voluntary consensus standards.

14. Environment

    We have analyzed this rule under Department of Homeland Security 
Management Directive 023-01 and Commandant Instruction M16475.lD, which 
guide the Coast Guard in complying with the National Environmental 
Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA)(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 the establishment of a safety zone and, 
therefore it is categorically excluded from further review under 
paragraph 34(g) of Figure 2-1 of the Commandant

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Instruction. An environmental analysis checklist supporting this 
determination and a Categorical Exclusion Determination are available 
in the docket where indicated under ADDRESSES. We seek any comments or 
information that may lead to the discovery of a significant 
environmental impact from this rule.

List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165

    Harbors, Marine Safety, Navigation (water), Reporting and record 
keeping requirements, Security measures, Waterways.

    For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 
33 CFR part 165 as follows:

PART 165--REGULATED NAVIGATION AREAS AND LIMITED ACCESS AREAS

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1. The authority citation for part 165 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1231; 46 U.S.C. Chapters 701, 3306, 3703; 
50 U.S.C. 191, 195; 33 CFR 1.05-1, 6.04-1, 6.04-6, and 160.5; Pub. 
L. 107-295, 116 Stat. 2064; Department of Homeland Security 
Delegation No. 0170.1.


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2. Add Sec.  165.T09-0889 to read as follows:


Sec.  165.T09-0889  Safety Zone; Wounded Warriors Benefit, East Huron, 
OH.

    (a) Location. The following area is designated a safety zone: all 
waters of Lake Erie within a 2500 ft radius of the pumpkin launch site 
located at position 41[deg] 23' 6.7194'' N, -82[deg] 27' 46.6812'' W. 
All geographic coordinates are North American Datum of 1983 (NAD 83).
    (b) Effective and Enforcement Period. This safety zone is closed to 
all vessel traffic and will be effective from 10:00 a.m. on October 27, 
2012 until 7:00 p.m. on October 28, 2012. The safety zone will be 
enforced from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on October 27, 2012; in the 
event of inclement weather, the safety zone will be enforced from 10:00 
a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on October 28, 2012.
    (c) Definitions. The following definitions apply to this section:
    (1) ``On-scene Representative'' means any Coast Guard Commissioned, 
warrant, or petty officer designated by the Captain of the Port Detroit 
to monitor a safety zone, permit entry into the zone, give legally 
enforceable orders to persons or vessels within the zones, and take 
other actions authorized by the Captain of the Port.
    (2) ``Public vessel'' means vessels owned, chartered, or operated 
by the United States, or by a State or political subdivision thereof.
    (d) Regulations. (1) In accordance with the general regulations in 
Sec.  165.23 of this part, entry into, transiting, or anchoring within 
this safety zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the 
Port Detroit, or his designated representative.
    (2) This safety zone is closed to all vessel traffic, excepted as 
may be permitted by the Captain of the Port Detroit or his designated 
representative. All persons and vessels must comply with the 
instructions of the Coast Guard Captain of the Port or his designated 
representative. Upon being hailed by the U.S. Coast Guard by siren, 
radio, flashing light or other means, the operator of a vessel shall 
proceed as directed.
    (3) All vessels must obtain permission from the Captain of the Port 
or his designated representative to enter, move within, or exit the 
safety zone established in this section when this safety zone is 
enforced. Vessels and persons granted permission to enter the safety 
zone must obey all lawful orders or directions of the Captain of the 
Port or a designated representative. While within a safety zone, all 
vessels must operate at the minimum speed necessary to maintain a safe 
course.
    (e) Exemption. Public vessels, as defined in paragraph (b) of this 
section, are exempt from the requirements in this section.
    (f) Waiver. For any vessel, the Captain of the Port Detroit or his 
designated representative may waive any of the requirements of this 
section, upon finding that operational conditions or other 
circumstances are such that application of this section is unnecessary 
or impractical for the purposes of public or environmental safety.
    (g) Notification. The Captain of the Port Detroit will notify the 
public that the safety zones in this section are or will be enforced by 
all appropriate means to the affected segments of the public including 
publication in the Federal Register as practicable, in accordance with 
33 CFR 165.7(a). Such means of notification may also include, but are 
not limited to Broadcast Notice to Mariners or Local Notice to 
Mariners. The Captain of the Port will issue a Broadcast Notice to 
Mariners notifying the public when enforcement of the safety zone is 
cancelled.

    Dated: September 28, 2012.
J. E. Ogden,
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port, Sector Detroit.
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