Proposed Rule to Eliminate the Expiration Date Contained in the Final Rule to Reduce the Threat of Ship Collisions with North Atlantic Right Whales

Docket ID: NOAA-NMFS-2012-0058
Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Parent Agency: Department of Commerce (DOC)
NMFS proposes to eliminate an expiration provision (or “sunset” clause) contained in regulations requiring vessel speed restrictions designed to reduce the likelihood of lethal vessel collisions with North Atlantic right whales. The regulations restrict vessel speeds to no more than 10 knots for vessels 65 ft (19.8 m) or greater in overall length in certain locations and at certain times of the year along the east coast of the U.S. Atlantic seaboard. The speed regulations will expire December 9, 2013, unless changed or modified. NMFS proposes to eliminate the sunset provision.
RIN: 0648-BB20
Impacts and Effects: International
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 224
Priority: Economically Significant
UA and Regulatory Plan Information open glossary dialog  
Publication Period: Spring 2014
Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Action
Major Rule: Yes
Legal Authorities: 16 USC 1361 et seq, 16 USC 1531 et seq
Legal Deadlines: None
Government Levels Affected: Federal
Federalism Implications: No
Unfunded Mandates: No
Requires Regulatory Flexibility Analysis: Business, Organizations
Small Entities Affected: No
International Impacts: Yes
Energy Effects: No
Included in Regulatory Plan: No
ActionDateFR Citation
NPRM06/06/201378 FR 34024
NPRM Comment Period End08/05/2013
Final Action12/09/201378 FR 73726
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Related RINs: 0648-BB20
Related Dockets: None
Type: Rulemaking

Primary Documents

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Comment Period Closed
Aug 09, 2013 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 06/06/2013
ID: NOAA-NMFS-2012-0058-0001
Comment Period Closed
Posted: 06/16/2014
ID: NOAA-NMFS-2012-0058-0542
Comment Period Closed
Posted: 12/09/2013
ID: NOAA-NMFS-2012-0058-0541

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Agency Contact
Donna Wieting
Fishery Biologist, Office of Protected Resources
301 713-2322
National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Silver Spring, MD 20910
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