Electrical Installations in Hazardous Areas

Docket ID: USCG-2012-0850
Agency: Coast Guard (USCG)
Parent Agency: Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

The Coast Guard proposes to amend the electrical engineering regulations in 46 CFR subchapter J. We anticipate that the proposed regulations will be applicable to foreign and U.S. mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs), floating facilities, and vessels that engage in OCS activities for the first time after the effective date of the regulations. The proposed regulations would expand the list of acceptable national and international explosion protection standards. It would also add IECEx (the IEC System for Certification to Standards relating to Equipment for use in Explosive Atmospheres) as an acceptable independent third-party certification system for testing and certifying electrical equipment. Finally, the proposed regulations would provide owners and operators of U.S. tank vessels the option of choosing between the compliance regime contained in existing 46 CFR subpart 111.105 or the one contained in proposed regulations. This proposal would support the U.S. Coast Guard's maritime safety mission.

RIN: 1625-AC00
Impacts and Effects: None
CFR Citation: 33 CFR 143,46 CFR 110,46 CFR 111
Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant
UA and Regulatory Plan Information open glossary dialog  
Publication Period: Spring 2015
Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Action
Major Rule: No
Legal Authorities: 43 U.S.C. 1333, 43 U.S.C. 1348, 43 U.S.C. 1356, 33 U.S.C. 1509, 46 U.S.C. 3306, 46 U.S.C. 3307, 46 U.S.C. 3703
Legal Deadlines: None
Government Levels Affected: No
Federalism Implications: No
Unfunded Mandates: No
Requires Regulatory Flexibility Analysis: No
Small Entities Affected: No
International Impacts: No
Energy Effects: No
Included in Regulatory Plan: No
ActionDateFR Citation
NPRM06/24/201378 FR 37760
NPRM Comment Period End09/23/2013
NPRM Comment Period Extended09/25/201378 FR 58989
Second NPRM Comment Period End11/30/2013
Final Rule03/31/201580 FR 16980
Final Rule Effective04/30/2015
Docket Details open glossary dialog  
Related RINs: None
Related Dockets: None
Action Office: USCG-HQ
Subtype: Notice
Type: Rulemaking

Primary Documents

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Comment Period Closed
Nov 30, 2013 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 09/25/2013
ID: USCG-2012-0850-0017
Comment Now!
Due Sep 23, 2013 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 06/24/2013
ID: USCG-2012-0850-0001
Comment Period Closed
Posted: 03/31/2015
ID: USCG-2012-0850-0031

Supporting Documents

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Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 02/06/2014
ID: USCG-2012-0850-0029
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 09/23/2013
ID: USCG-2012-0850-0012
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 07/05/2013
ID: USCG-2012-0850-0002


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Comments Received*
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Agency Contact
Raymond Martin
Project Manager
Commandant (CG-ENG-3), Systems Engineering Division , 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE., STOP 7509
Washington, DC 20593-7509
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