Coast Guard Withdrawing Proposed Rules for Outer Continental Shelf Activities

The U.S. Coast Guard is withdrawing its proposed rule entitled ‘‘Outer Continental Shelf Activities’’ that they published on December 7, 1999. The Coast Guard is withdrawing this proposed rule due to the passage of time, advances in technology, and changes in industry practices that have rendered the proposed rule obsolete.

In their NPRM, the Coast Guard proposed revisions of their Outer Continental Shelf regulations that pertain to workplace safety and health on vessels and facilities engaged in the exploration for, or development or production of, minerals on the OCS. The Coast Guard initiated this rulemaking in response to the various advances that had changed the nature of the offshore industry since the last major revision of our OCS regulations in 1982.

As detailed in the proposed regulatory text, this rulemaking would have reassessed all current OCS regulations in light of past experiences and new improvements in order to help make the OCS a safer work environment. The Coast Guard received comments from the public regarding the proposed rulemaking.

In the nearly 20 years since the Coast Guard published the NPRM and the comment period closed, the offshore industry has continued to grow and evolve. Due to the passage of time, advances in technology, and changes in industry practice, the Coast Guard found that much of what we proposed in the NPRM is now obsolete and no longer applicable to the modern OCS work environment. Consequently, the Coast Guard believes that its NPRM is no longer suitable as a basis for further rulemaking action.

Accordingly, the Coast Guard is withdrawing the ‘‘Outer Continental Shelf Activities’’ proposed rule announced in an NPRM published December 7, 1999 (64 FR 68416). This document is issued under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 552(a), and 43U.S.C. 1333(d) and 1348(c).

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