[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 97 (Monday, May 20, 2013)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 29289-29292]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-11751]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 165

[Docket No. USCG-2013-0059]
RIN 1625-AA00


Safety Zone; Big Bay Boom, San Diego Bay, San Diego, CA

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard proposes to establish four temporary safety 
zones upon the navigable waters of San Diego

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Bay for the Port of San Diego Big Bay Boom Fireworks display from 8:45 
p.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4, 2013. These proposed safety zones are 
necessary to provide for the safety of the crew, spectators, and other 
users and vessels of the waterway. Persons and vessels are prohibited 
from entering into, transiting through, or anchoring within these 
temporary safety zones during, immediately before and after the 
fireworks event unless authorized by the Captain of the Port or his 
designated representative.

DATES: Comments and related material must be received by the Coast 
Guard on or before June 19, 2013.
    Requests for public meetings must be received by the Coast Guard on 
or before June 3, 2013.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number using 
any one of the following methods:
    (1) Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
    (2) Fax: 202-493-2251.
    (3) Mail or Delivery: Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. 
Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001. Deliveries 
accepted between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except 
federal holidays. The telephone number is 202-366-9329.
    See the ``Public Participation and Request for Comments'' portion 
of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below for further instructions 
on submitting comments. To avoid duplication, please use only one of 
these three methods.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this rule, 
call or email Lieutenant John Bannon, Chief of Waterways Management, 
U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego; telephone (619) 278-7261, email 
John.E.Bannon@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing or submitting 
material to the docket, call Barbara Hairston, 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. Public Participation and Request for Comments

    We encourage you to participate in this rulemaking by submitting 
comments and related materials. All comments received will be posted 
without change to http://www.regulations.gov and will include any 
personal information you have provided.

1. Submitting Comments

    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. You may submit your comments and material online at 
http://www.regulations.gov, or by fax, mail, or hand delivery, but 
please use only one of these means. If you submit a comment online, it 
will be considered received by the Coast Guard when you successfully 
transmit the comment. If you fax, hand deliver, or mail your comment, 
it will be considered as having been received by the Coast Guard when 
it is received at the Docket Management Facility. We recommend that you 
include your name and a mailing address, an email address, or a 
telephone number in the body of your document so that we can contact 
you if we have questions regarding your submission.
    To submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov, 
type the docket number [USCG-2013-0059] in the ``SEARCH'' box and click 
``SEARCH.'' Click on ``Submit a Comment'' on the line associated with 
this rulemaking.
    If you submit your comments by mail or hand delivery, submit them 
in an unbound format, no larger than 8\1/2\ by 11 inches, suitable for 
copying and electronic filing. If you submit comments by mail and would 
like to know that they reached the Facility, please enclose a stamped, 
self-addressed postcard or envelope. We will consider all comments and 
material received during the comment period and may change the rule 
based on your comments.

2. Viewing Comments and Documents

    To view comments, as well as documents mentioned in this preamble 
as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov, 
type the docket number (USCG-2013-0059) 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, 
between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal 
holidays.

3. Privacy Act

    Anyone can search the electronic form of comments received into any 
of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or 
signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, 
business, labor union, etc.). You may review a Privacy Act notice 
regarding our public dockets in the January 17, 2008, issue of the 
Federal Register (73 FR 3316).

4. Public Meeting

    We do not now plan to hold a public meeting. But you may submit a 
request for one, using one of the methods specified under ADDRESSES. 
Please explain why you believe a public meeting would be beneficial. If 
we determine that one would aid this rulemaking, we will hold one at a 
time and place announced by a later notice in the Federal Register.

B. Basis and Purpose

    The Ports and Waterways Safety Act gives the Coast Guard authority 
to create and enforce safety zones. The Coast Guard is proposing four 
temporary safety zones on the navigable waters of the San Diego Bay for 
the Port of San Diego Big Bay Boom Independence Day Fireworks Display. 
The safety zones will include all navigable waters within 1,000 feet of 
each tug and barge. The tugs and barges will be located in the 
following approximate positions:

Shelter Island Barge: 32[deg]42.8' N, 117[deg]13.2' W
Harbor Island Barge: 32[deg]43.3' N, 117[deg]12.0' W
Embarcadero Barge: 32[deg]42.9' N, 117[deg]10.8' W
Seaport Village Barge: 32[deg]42.2' N, 117[deg]10.0' W
These temporary safety zones are necessary to provide for the safety of 
the fireworks barge crew and participating safety vessels, recreational 
boating spectators, and other users of the waterway from hazards 
associated with fireworks. Fireworks launched in close proximity to 
watercraft pose a significant risk to public safety and property. Such 
displays draw large numbers of spectators on vessels. The combination 
of a large number of spectators, congested waterways, darkness 
punctuated by bright flashes of light and burning debris has the 
potential to result in serious injuries or fatalities. The proposed 
safety zones will restrict vessels from operating within a portion of 
the navigable waters around the fireworks launch platforms during the 
enforcement period which will be immediately before, during, and 
immediately after the fireworks displays.

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C. Discussion of Proposed Rule

    The Coast Guard proposes to establish temporary safety zones that 
would be enforced from 8:45 p.m. until 10 p.m. on July 4, 2013. These 
proposed safety zones are necessary to provide for the safety of the 
crews, spectators, participants, and other vessels and users of the 
waterway. Persons and vessels would be prohibited from entering into, 
transiting through, or anchoring within this safety zone unless 
authorized by the Captain of the Port, or his designated 
representative. The proposed temporary safety zones would include a 
portion of waters in the San Diego Bay. Before the effective period, 
the Coast Guard will publish a Coast Guard District Eleven Local Notice 
to Mariners information on the event and associated safety zones. 
Immediately before and during the fireworks display, Coast Guard Sector 
San Diego Joint Harbor Operations Center will issues Broadcast Notice 
to Mariners on the location and enforcement of the safety zones.
    Vessels will be able to transit the surrounding area and may be 
authorized to transit through the proposed safety zones with the 
permission of the Captain of the Port or the designated representative. 
Before activating the zones, the Coast Guard will notify mariners by 
appropriate means including but not limited to Local Notice to Mariners 
and Broadcast Notice to Mariners.

D. Regulatory Analyses

    We developed this proposed rule after considering numerous statutes 
and executive orders related to rulemaking. Below we summarize our 
analyses based on a number of these statutes or executive orders.

1. Regulatory Planning and Review

    This proposed 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. This determination is 
based on the size, duration and location of the safety zones. The 
safety zones are relatively small in size, less than half a mile 
across, and short in duration, 75 minutes long. Although the safety 
zones would apply to multiple parts of San Diego Bay, traffic would be 
allowed to pass through the zone with the permission of the Captain of 
the Port. Additionally, before the effective period, the Coast Guard 
will publish a Local Notice to Mariners.

2. Impact on Small Entities

    Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612), we have 
considered the impact of this proposed rule on small entities. The 
Coast Guard certifies under 5 U.S.C. 605(b) that this proposed rule 
will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of 
small entities. This proposed rule will affect the following entities, 
some of which might be small entities: the owners or operators of 
vessels intending to transit or anchor in the impacted portions of San 
Diego Bay, CA from 8:45 p.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4, 2013.
    These safety zones will not have a significant economic impact on a 
substantial number of small entities for the following reasons. The 
safety zones are relatively small in size, less than half a mile 
across, and short in duration, 75 minutes long. Although the safety 
zone would apply to multiple safety zones around the bay, traffic would 
be allowed to pass through the zones with the permission of the Coast 
Guard patrol commander. Before the effective period, the Coast Guard 
will publish a Local Notice to Mariners.
    If you think that your business, organization, or governmental 
jurisdiction qualifies as a small entity and that this rule would have 
a significant economic impact on it, please submit a comment (see 
ADDRESSES) explaining why you think it qualifies and how and to what 
degree this rule would economically affect it.

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 proposed 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, above. 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.

4. Collection of Information

    This proposed rule will not call for a 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 proposed 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 
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.

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

8. Taking of Private Property

    This proposed rule would 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 proposed 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 From Environmental Health Risks

    We have analyzed this proposed rule under Executive Order 13045, 
Protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety 
Risks. This rule is not an economically significant rule and would not 
create an environmental risk to health or risk to safety that might 
disproportionately affect children.

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11. Indian Tribal Governments

    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.

12. Energy Effects

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

14. Environment

    We have analyzed this proposed 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 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 
involves establishing a temporary safety zone. This rule is 
categorically excluded from further review under paragraph 34(g) of 
Figure 2-1 of the Commandant Instruction. A preliminary 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 proposed 
rule.

List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165

    Harbors, Marine safety, Navigation (water), Reporting 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

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

    Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1226, 1231; 46 U.S.C. Chapter 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.T11-563 to read as follows:


Sec.  165.T11-563  Safety zone; Big Bay Boom; San Diego, CA.

    (a) Location. This rule establishes four temporary safety zones, 
encompassing all navigable waters of San Diego Bay within a 1000-foot 
radius of fireworks launching points:

Shelter Island Barge: 32[deg]42.8' N, 117[deg]13.2' W
Harbor Island Barge: 32[deg]43.3' N, 117[deg]12.0' W
Embarcadero Barge: 32[deg]42.9' N, 117[deg]10.8' W
Seaport Village Barge: 32[deg]42.2' N, 117[deg]10.0' W

    (b) Enforcement period. This section will be enforced from 8:45 
p.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4, 2013. Before the effective period, the Coast 
Guard will publish a Local Notice to Mariners (LNM). If the event 
concludes prior to the scheduled termination time, the Captain of the 
Port will cease enforcement of this safety zone and will announce that 
fact via Broadcast Notice to Mariners.
    (c) Definitions. The following definition applies to this section: 
designated representative means any commissioned, warrant, or petty 
officer of the Coast Guard on board Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, 
and local, state, and federal law enforcement vessels who have been 
authorized to act on the behalf of the Captain of the Port.
    (d) Regulations. (1) Entry into, transit through or anchoring 
within this safety zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain 
of the Port of San Diego or his designated representative.
    (2) Mariners can request permission to transit through the safety 
zone from the Patrol Commander. The Patrol Commander can be contacted 
on VHF-FM channels 16 and 23.
    (3) All persons and vessels shall comply with the instructions of 
the Coast Guard Captain of the Port or his designated representative.
    (4) 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.
    (5) The Coast Guard may be assisted by other federal, state, or 
local agencies.

    Dated: May 2, 2013.
S.M. Mahoney,
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port San Diego.
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