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On July 17, 2012, the Coast Guard published a temporary final rule regulating the on-water activities associated with the “2012 America's Cup World Series” regatta scheduled to occur August 21-26, 2012 (77 FR 41902). That rule created a special local regulation and safety zone to be enforced from noon until 5 p.m. on those days.
On August 11, 2012, the Coast Guard received notification from America's Cup Race Management (ACRM) that the race scheduled to occur on August 26, 2012, would begin 30 minutes earlier in order to maintain schedules for television coverage and broadcasting. Regulating on-water activities associated with the regatta during those 30 minutes is necessary to protect the public from the dangers posed by the high speeds of the sailing vessels operating during this media coverage. The time remaining before the scheduled August 26th race does not allow for public comment on this change. Publishing a rule is in the public's interest, however, to provide for the safety of mariners transiting the area and to notify the public of planned on-water activities. The timing of enforcement also was addressed in public comments the Coast Guard received and considered in development of the rule published on July 17, and based on those comments the Coast Guard believes that starting enforcement 30 minutes earlier on one day will not interfere with other waterway uses.
Accordingly, 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.” For the reasons described above, the Coast Guard finds under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) that good cause exists for not publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) with respect to this rule because publishing an NPRM would be contrary to the public interest.
Similarly, 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
Under 33 CFR 100.35, the Coast Guard District Commander has authority to promulgate certain special local regulations deemed necessary to ensure the safety of life on the navigable waters immediately before, during, and immediately after an approved regatta or marine parade. The Commander of Coast Guard District 11 has delegated to the Captain of the Port (COTP) San Francisco the responsibility of issuing such regulations. The COTP also has the authority to establish safety zones under 33 CFR 1.05-1(f) and 165.5.
From August 21-26, 2012, the City of San Francisco plans to host America's Cup World Series regattas as part of a circuit of sailing events being conducted at other U.S. and international venues. On July 17, 2012, the Coast Guard published a temporary final rule establishing a special local regulation and temporary safety zone to govern these events from noon to 5 p.m. (77 FR 41902); however, the events on August 26, 2012, will start earlier to maintain the event's television broadcast schedule. To protect the public during this media coverage, the Coast Guard is revising the enforcement provisions of the July 17 rule to provide for enforcement from 11:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on August 26, 2012. This change is necessary to ensure the safety of mariners transiting the area from the dangers associated with the sailing events.
The location and restrictions of the special local regulation established at 33 CFR 100.T11-0551A and the safety zone established at 33 CFR 165.T11-0551 remain as they were published on July 17, 2012, and are not changed by this rule. The enforcement periods of both the special local regulation and the safety zone are revised to reflect enforcement from 11:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on August 26, 2012, instead of from noon until 5 p.m. as originally established. Enforcement on the other program days in 2012 and 2013 is not affected by this rule.
The effect of the special local regulation and temporary safety zone will be to restrict navigation in the vicinity of the America's Cup sailing events. Except for persons or vessels authorized by the Coast Guard Patrol Commander, no person or vessel may enter or remain in the restricted area. These regulations are needed to keep mariners and vessels away from the immediate vicinity of the high-speed sailing vessels participating in America's Cup. Movement within marinas, pier spaces, and facilities along the City of San Francisco waterfront is not regulated by this rule.
We developed this rule after considering numerous statutes and executive orders related to rulemaking. Below we summarize our analyses based on these statutes and executive orders.
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 that Executive Order 12866 or under section 1 of Executive
Although this rule restricts navigation on San Francisco Bay, these restrictions will only be in place for an additional 30 minutes on one day, and are limited to a narrowly tailored geographic area. In addition, although this rule restricts access to the waters encompassed by the safety zone, the effect of this rule will not be significant because the local waterway users will be notified via public Broadcast Notice to Mariners to ensure the safety zone will result in minimum impact. The entities most likely to be affected are waterfront facilities, commercial vessels, and pleasure craft engaged in recreational activities.
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 may affect the following entities, some of which may be small entities: Owners and operators of waterfront facilities, commercial vessels, and pleasure craft engaged in recreational activities and sightseeing, if these facilities or vessels are in the vicinity of the special local regulation and safety zone at times when they are being enforced. This rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities for the following reasons: (i) This rule will encompass only a small portion of the waterway for a limited period of time; (ii) vessel traffic may pass safely around the area; (iii) vessel traffic may pass through the area with COTP approval; (iv) recreational vessel operators may use spaces outside of the affected areas; and (v) the maritime public will be advised in advance via Broadcast Notice to Mariners. These measures have been implemented during similar marine events such as Fleet Week and have been successful.
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
This rule calls for no new collection of information under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520).
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.
The Coast Guard respects the First Amendment rights of protesters. Protesters are asked to contact the person listed in the
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This action is not a “significant energy action” under Executive Order 13211, Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use.
This rule does not use technical standards. Therefore, we did not consider the use of voluntary consensus standards.
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 concluded this action does not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment. A copy of the environmental assessment is available in the docket.
Marine safety, Navigation (water), Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, and Waterways.
Harbors, Marine safety, Navigation (water), Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Security measures, and Waterways.
For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 33 CFR Parts 100 and 165 as follows:
33 U.S.C. 1233.
33 U.S.C. 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.