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Title 33Chapter ISubchapter NNPart 148 → Subpart C


Title 33: Navigation and Navigable Waters
PART 148—DEEPWATER PORTS: GENERAL


Subpart C—Processing Applications


Contents

General

§148.200   What is the purpose of this subpart?
§148.205   How are documents related to the application maintained?
§148.207   How and where may I view docketed documents?
§148.209   How is the application processed?
§148.211   What must I do if I need to change my application?
§148.213   How do I withdraw my application?
§148.215   What if a port has plans for a deep draft channel and harbor?
§148.217   How can a State be designated as an Adjacent Coastal State?
§148.221   How do I claim, or object to a claim, that required information is privileged?

Public Hearings or Meetings

§148.222   When must public hearings or meetings be held?
§148.227   How is a public hearing or meeting reported?

Formal Hearings

§148.228   What if a formal evidentiary hearing is necessary?
§148.230   How is notice of a formal hearing given?
§148.232   What are the rules for a formal hearing?
§148.234   What are the limits of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)'s jurisdiction?
§148.236   What authority does an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) have?
§148.238   Who are the parties to a formal hearing?
§148.240   How does a State or a person intervene in a formal hearing?
§148.242   How does a person who is not a party to a formal hearing present evidence at the hearing?
§148.244   Who must represent the parties at a formal hearing?
§148.246   When is a document considered filed and where should I file it?
§148.248   What happens when a document does not contain all necessary information?
§148.250   Who must be served before a document is filed?
§148.252   What is the procedure for serving a subpoena?
§148.254   How is a hearing transcript prepared?
§148.256   What happens at the conclusion of a formal hearing?

Approval or Denial of the Application

§148.276   When must the application be approved or denied?
§148.277   How may Federal agencies and States participate in the application process?
§148.279   What are the criteria for approval or denial of an application?
§148.281   What happens when more than one application is submitted for a deepwater port in the same application area?
§148.283   When is the application process stopped before the application is approved or denied?

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General

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§148.200   What is the purpose of this subpart?

This subpart prescribes the requirements for processing an application for a deepwater port license.

It includes the procedures for:

(a) Maintaining the docket;

(b) Designating Adjacent Coastal States;

(c) Holding informal and formal public hearings; and

(d) Approving or denying an application.

[USCG-1998-3884, 71 FR 57651, Sept. 29, 2006, as amended by USCG-2013-0397, 78 FR 39176, July 1, 2013]

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§148.205   How are documents related to the application maintained?

(a) The Commandant (CG-5P) maintains the docket for each application.

(1) The docket contains a copy of all documents filed or issued as part of the application process.

(2) Recommendations submitted by Federal departments and agencies under 33 U.S.C. 1504(e)(2) are docketed when they are received.

(3) Copies of applicable National Environmental Policy Act documents prepared under 33 U.S.C. 1504(f) are docketed when they are sent to the Environmental Protection Agency.

(b) For a document designated as protected from disclosure under 33 U.S.C. 1513(b), the Commandant (CG-5P):

(1) Prevents the information in the document from being disclosed, unless the Commandant (CG-5P) states that the disclosure is not inconsistent with 33 U.S.C. 1513(b); and

(2) Keeps a record of all individuals who have a copy of the document.

[USCG-1998-3884, 71 FR 57651, Sept. 29, 2006, as amended by USCG-2013-0397, 78 FR 39176, July 1, 2013]

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§148.207   How and where may I view docketed documents?

(a) All material in a docket under §148.205 of this part is available to the public for inspection and copying at Commandant (CG-5P) at the address under “Commandant (CG-5P)” in §148.5 of this part, except for—

(1) Contracts under 33 U.S.C. 1504(c)(2)(B) for the construction or operation of a deepwater port; and

(2) Material designated under paragraph (b) of this section as a trade secret, or commercial or financial information that is claimed to be privileged or confidential.

(b) A person submitting material that contains either a trade secret or commercial or financial information under paragraph (a)(2) of this section must designate those portions of the material that are privileged or confidential. Section 148.221 contains procedures for objecting to these claims.

(c) Docketed material for each deepwater port project is also available to the public electronically at the Federal Docket website at www.regulations.gov. The projects are also listed by name and the assigned docket number at the CG-OES-2 website: https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/Assistant-Commandant-for-Prevention-Policy-CG-5P/Commercial-Regulations-standards-CG-5PS/Office-of-Operating-and-Environmental-Standards/vfos12/.

[USCG-1998-3884, 71 FR 57651, Sept. 29, 2006, as amended by USCG-2013-0397, 78 FR 39176, July 1, 2013; USCG-2020-0304, 85 FR 58279, Sept. 18, 2020]

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§148.209   How is the application processed?

The Commandant (CG-5P), in cooperation with MARAD, processes each application and MARAD publishes the notice of application under 33 U.S.C. 1504(c) in the Federal Register. Upon publication of a notice of application, the Commandant (CG-5P) ensures delivery of copies of the application to—

(a) Each Federal agency with jurisdiction over any aspect of ownership, construction, or operation of deepwater ports. A complete listing of the Federal agencies involved with deepwater port licensing is outlined in the Deepwater Port Interagency MOU available at the following hyperlink: https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/5ps/Operating%20and%20Environmental%20Standards/OES-2/DWP/dwp__white__house__task__force__energy__streamlining.pdf?ver=2017-07-26-102702-223

(b) Each Adjacent Coastal State, including relevant State and tribal agencies in those Adjacent Coastal States.

[USCG-1998-3884, 71 FR 57651, Sept. 29, 2006, as amended by USCG-2013-0397, 78 FR 39176, July 1, 2013; USCG-2020-0304, 85 FR 58279, Sept. 18, 2020 ]

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§148.211   What must I do if I need to change my application?

(a) If at any time before the Secretary approves or denies an application, the information in it changes or becomes incomplete, the applicant must promptly submit the changes or additional information in the manner set forth in §148.115 of this part.

(b) The Coast Guard may determine that the change or required information is of such magnitude that it warrants submission of a complete revised application.

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§148.213   How do I withdraw my application?

The applicant may withdraw an application at any time before the proceeding is terminated by delivering or mailing notice of withdrawal to the Commandant (CG-5P) for docketing.

[USCG-1998-3884, 71 FR 57651, Sept. 29, 2006, as amended by USCG-2013-0397, 78 FR 39176, July 1, 2013]

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§148.215   What if a port has plans for a deep draft channel and harbor?

(a) If a State port will be directly connected by pipeline to a proposed deepwater port, and has existing plans for a deep draft channel and harbor, a representative of the port may request a determination under 33 U.S.C. 1503(d).

(b) The request must be sent, in writing, to the Commandant (CG-5P) within 30 days after the date that the notice of application for the deepwater port is published in the Federal Register.

(c) The request must contain:

(1) A signature of the highest official of the port submitting the request;

(2) A copy of the existing plans for the construction of a deep draft channel and harbor;

(3) Certification that the port has an active study by the Secretary of the Army for the construction of a deep draft channel and harbor, or that the port has an application pending for a permit under 33 U.S.C. 403 for the construction;

(4) Any available documentation on:

(i) Initial costs, by phases if development is staged, for the proposed onshore project, including dredging, ship terminal, and attendant facilities;

(ii) Estimated annual operating expenses, by phases if development is staged, including labor, for 30 years for all elements of the project;

(iii) Estimated completion time for all elements of the project;

(iv) Estimated vessel traffic volume, and the volume and variety of the tonnage;

(v) Potential traffic congestion conditions in the port, and the port's ability to control vessel traffic as a result of the proposed dredging project;

(vi) Estimated economic benefits of the project, including:

(A) Economic contribution to the local and regional area;

(B) Induced industrial development;

(C) Increased employment; and

(D) Increases in tax revenues;

(vii) Environmental and social impacts of the project on the local and regional community; and

(viii) An estimate of the economic impact that the deepwater port license will have on the proposed project.

(d) A statement whether the port seeks a determination that the port best serves the national interest.

[USCG-1998-3884, 71 FR 57651, Sept. 29, 2006, as amended by USCG-2013-0397, 78 FR 39176, July 1, 2013]

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§148.217   How can a State be designated as an Adjacent Coastal State?

(a) Adjacent Coastal States are named in the notice of application published in the Federal Register. However, a State not named as an Adjacent Coastal State in the notice may request to be designated as one if the environmental risks to it are equal to or greater than the risks posed to a State directly connected by pipeline to the proposed deepwater port.

(b) The request must:

(1) Be submitted in writing to the Commandant (CG-5P) within 14 days after the date of publication of the notice of application in the Federal Register;

(2) Be signed by the Governor of the State;

(3) List the facts and any available documentation or analyses concerning the risk of damage to the coastal environment of the State; and

(4) Explain why the State believes the risk of damage to its coastal environment is equal to or greater than the risk to a State connected by a pipeline to the proposed deepwater port.

(c) Upon receipt of a request, the Commandant (CG-5P) will send a copy of the State's request to the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and ask for the Administrator's recommendations within an amount of time that will allow the Commandant (CG-5P) and the MARAD Administrator 45 days from receipt of the request to determine the matter.

(d) If after receiving NOAA's recommendations the Commandant (CG-5P), in concurrence with MARAD Administrator, determines that the State should be considered an Adjacent Coastal State, the Commandant (CG-5P), in concurrence with the MARAD Administrator, will so designate it. If the Commandant (CG-5P), in concurrence with the MARAD Administrator, denies the request, he or she will notify the requesting State's Governor of the denial.

[USCG-1998-3884, 71 FR 57651, Sept. 29, 2006, as amended by USCG-2013-0397, 78 FR 39176, July 1, 2013]

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§148.221   How do I claim, or object to a claim, that required information is privileged?

(a) Any person may claim that specific information required pursuant to this part should be withheld because it is privileged, and any person can object to that claim.

(b) Requests or objections must be submitted to the Commandant (CG-5P) in writing, with sufficient specificity to identify the information at issue, and to show why it should or should not be considered privileged.

(c) The Commandant (CG-5P) determines whether to grant or deny a claim of privilege.

(d) Submission of a claim stays any deadline for providing the information at issue, unless the claim is made pursuant to the protection for confidential information that is provided by 33 U.S.C. 1513(b), in which case deadlines are not stayed. The Commandant (CG-5P) may also determine that the information at issue is so material that processing of the application must be suspended pending the determination of the claim.

[USCG-1998-3884, 71 FR 57651, Sept. 29, 2006, as amended by USCG-2013-0397, 78 FR 39176, July 1, 2013]

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Public Hearings or Meetings

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§148.222   When must public hearings or meetings be held?

(a) Before a license is issued, at least one public license hearing under 33 U.S.C. 1504(g) must be held in each Adjacent Coastal State. Other Federal statutes and regulations may impose additional requirements for public hearings or meetings, and if not otherwise prohibited, a hearing under this paragraph may be consolidated with any such additional hearing or meeting.

(b) The Commandant (CG-5P) or the MARAD Administrator will publish a notice of public hearings or meetings in the Federal Register, and will mail or deliver a copy of the notice to the applicant, to each Adjacent Coastal State, and to all who request a copy.

(c) Anyone may attend a public hearing or meeting and provide relevant oral or written information. The presiding officer may limit the time for providing oral information.

[USCG-1998-3884, 71 FR 57651, Sept. 29, 2006, as amended by USCG-2013-0397, 78 FR 39176, July 1, 2013; USCG-2020-0304, 85 FR 58279, Sept. 18, 2020]

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§148.227   How is a public hearing or meeting reported?

(a) After completion of a public hearing or meeting, the presiding officer forwards a report on the hearing or meeting to the Commandant (CG-5P) for docketing.

(b) The report must contain at least:

(1) An overview of the factual issues addressed;

(2) A transcript or recording of the hearing or meeting; and

(3) A copy of all material submitted to the presiding officer.

(c) During the hearing or meeting, the presiding officer announces the information that the report must contain.

[USCG-1998-3884, 71 FR 57651, Sept. 29, 2006, as amended by USCG-2013-0397, 78 FR 39177, July 1, 2013]

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Formal Hearings

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§148.228   What if a formal evidentiary hearing is necessary?

(a) After all public meetings under §148.222 of this part are concluded, the Commandant (CG-5P), in coordination with the MARAD Administrator, will consider whether there are one or more specific and material factual issues that may be resolved by a formal evidentiary hearing.

(b) If the Commandant (CG-5P), in coordination with the MARAD Administrator, determines that one or more issues under paragraph (a) of this section exist, the Coast Guard will hold at least one formal evidentiary hearing under 5 U.S.C. 554 in the District of Columbia.

(c) The Commandant (CG-5P) files a request for assignment of an administrative law judge (ALJ) with the ALJ Docketing Center. The Chief ALJ designates an ALJ or other person to conduct the hearing.

(d) The recommended findings and the record developed in a hearing under paragraph (b) of this section are considered by the MARAD Administrator in deciding whether to approve or deny a license.

[USCG-1998-3884, 71 FR 57651, Sept. 29, 2006, as amended by USCG-2013-0397, 78 FR 39177, July 1, 2013]

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§148.230   How is notice of a formal hearing given?

(a) The Commandant (CG-5P) publishes a notice of the hearing in the Federal Register and sends a notice of the hearing to the applicant, to each adjacent coastal State, and to each person who requests such a notice.

(b) The notice of the hearing includes the applicant's name, the name of the ALJ assigned to conduct the hearing, a list of the factual issues to be resolved, the address where documents are to be filed, and the address where a copy of the rules of practice, procedure, and evidence to be used at the hearing is available.

[USCG-1998-3884, 71 FR 57651, Sept. 29, 2006, as amended by USCG-2013-0397, 78 FR 39177, July 1, 2013]

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§148.232   What are the rules for a formal hearing?

(a) The Commandant (CG-5P) determines the rules for each formal hearing. Unless otherwise specified in this part, the Commandant (CG-5P) applies the rules of practice, procedure, and evidence in part 20 of this chapter.

(b) The Commandant (CG-5P) sends a written copy of the procedure to the applicant, each person intervening in the proceedings, and each person who requests a copy.

[USCG-1998-3884, 71 FR 57651, Sept. 29, 2006, as amended by USCG-2013-0397, 78 FR 39177, July 1, 2013]

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§148.234   What are the limits of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)'s jurisdiction?

(a) An ALJ's jurisdiction begins upon assignment to a proceeding.

(b) An ALJ's jurisdiction ends after the recommended findings are filed with the Commandant (CG-5P) or immediately after the ALJ issues a notice of withdrawal from the proceeding.

[USCG-1998-3884, 71 FR 57651, Sept. 29, 2006, as amended by USCG-2013-0397, 78 FR 39177, July 1, 2013]

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§148.236   What authority does an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) have?

When assigned to a formal hearing, an ALJ may:

(a) Administer oaths and affirmations;

(b) Issue subpoenas;

(c) Issue rules of procedure for written evidence;

(d) Rule on offers of proof and receive evidence;

(e) Examine witnesses;

(f) Rule on motions of the parties;

(g) Suspend or bar an attorney from representing a person in the proceeding for unsuitable conduct;

(h) Exclude any person for disruptive behavior during the hearing;

(i) Set the hearing schedule;

(j) Certify questions to the Commandant (CG-5P);

(k) Proceed with a scheduled session of the hearing in the absence of a party who failed to appear;

(l) Extend or shorten a non-statutorily imposed deadline under this subpart within the 240-day time limit for the completion of public hearings in 33 U.S.C. 1504(g);

(m) Set deadlines not specified in this subpart or the Deepwater Ports Act; and

(n) Take any other action authorized by or consistent with this subpart, the Deepwater Ports Act, or 5 U.S.C. 551-559.

[USCG-1998-3884, 71 FR 57651, Sept. 29, 2006, as amended by USCG-2013-0397, 78 FR 39177, July 1, 2013]

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§148.238   Who are the parties to a formal hearing?

The parties to a formal hearing are:

(a) The applicant;

(b) The Commandant (CG-5P); and

(c) Any person intervening in the proceedings.

[USCG-1998-3884, 71 FR 57651, Sept. 29, 2006, as amended by USCG-2013-0397, 78 FR 39177, July 1, 2013]

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§148.240   How does a State or a person intervene in a formal hearing?

(a) Any person or Adjacent Coastal State may intervene in a formal hearing.

(b) A person must file a petition of intervention within 10 days of notice that the formal hearing is issued. The petition must:

(1) Be addressed to the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Docketing Center;

(2) Identify the issues and the petitioner's interest in those issues; and

(3) Designate the name and address of a person who can be served if the petition is granted.

(c) An adjacent coastal State need only file a notice of intervention with the ALJ Docketing Center.

(d) The ALJ has the authority to limit the scope and period of intervention during the proceeding.

(e) If the ALJ denies a petition of intervention, the petitioner may file a notice of appeal with the ALJ Docketing Center within 7 days of the denial.

(1) A brief may be submitted with the notice of appeal.

(2) Parties who wish to file a brief in support of or against the notice of appeal may do so within 7 days of filing the notice.

(f) The Commandant (CG-5P) will rule on the appeal. The ALJ does not have to delay the proceedings for intervention appeals.

[USCG-1998-3884, 71 FR 57651, Sept. 29, 2006, as amended by USCG-2013-0397, 78 FR 39177, July 1, 2013]

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§148.242   How does a person who is not a party to a formal hearing present evidence at the hearing?

(a) A person who is not a party to a formal hearing may present evidence at the hearing if he or she sends a petition to present evidence to the ALJ Docketing Center before the beginning of the formal hearing. The petition must describe the evidence that the person will present and show its relevance to the issues listed in the notice of formal hearing.

(b) If a petition is granted, the ruling will specify which evidence is approved to be presented at the hearing.

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§148.244   Who must represent the parties at a formal hearing?

(a) All organizations that are parties to the proceeding must be represented by an attorney. Individuals may represent themselves.

(b) Any attorney representing a party to the proceeding must file a notice of appearance according to §20.301(b) of this chapter.

(c) Each attorney must be in good standing and licensed to practice before a court of the United States or the highest court of any State, territory, or possession of the United States.

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§148.246   When is a document considered filed and where should I file it?

(a) If a document to be filed is submitted by mail, it is considered filed on the date it is postmarked. If a document is submitted by hand delivery or electronically, it is considered filed on the date received by the clerk.

(b) File all documents and other materials related to an administrative proceeding at the U.S. Coast Guard Administrative Law Center, Attention: Hearing Docket Clerk, room 412, 40 South Gay Street, Baltimore, MD, 21201-4022.

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§148.248   What happens when a document does not contain all necessary information?

Any document that does not satisfy the requirements in §§20.303 and 20.304 of this chapter will be returned to the person who submitted it with a statement of the reasons for denial.

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§148.250   Who must be served before a document is filed?

Before a document may be filed by any party, it first must be served upon:

(a) All other parties; and

(b) The Commandant (CG-5P).

[USCG-1998-3884, 71 FR 57651, Sept. 29, 2006, as amended by USCG-2013-0397, 78 FR 39177, July 1, 2013]

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§148.252   What is the procedure for serving a subpoena?

(a) A party may submit a request for a subpoena to the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). The request must show the relevance and scope of the evidence sought.

(b) Requests should be submitted sufficiently in advance of the hearing so that exhibits and witnesses can be included in the lists required by §20.601 of this chapter, but may be submitted later and before the end of the hearing, if good cause is shown for the late submission.

(c) A request for a subpoena must be submitted to the ALJ.

(d) A proposed subpoena, such as the form in https://www.uscg.mil/Resources/Administrative-Law-Judges/General-Suspension-and-Revocation-Information/Subpoena-Information/ must be submitted with the request. If you do not use this form, the proposed subpoena must contain:

(1) The docket number of the proceedings;

(2) The captions “Department of Homeland Security,” “Coast Guard,” and “Licensing of deepwater port for coastal waters off (insert name of the coastal State closest to the proposed deepwater port and the docket number of the proceeding)”;

(3) The name and the address of the office of the ALJ;

(4) For a subpoena giving testimony, a statement commanding the person to whom the subpoena is directed to attend the formal hearing and give testimony;

(5) For a subpoena producing documentary evidence, a statement commanding the person to produce designated documents, books, papers, or other tangible things at a designated time or place; and

(6) An explanation of the procedure in §20.309(d) of this chapter and paragraph (h) of this section for quashing a subpoena.

(e) The procedure for serving a subpoena must follow Rule 45 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, unless the ALJ authorizes another procedure.

(f) The witness fees for a subpoenaed witness are the same as the fees for witnesses subpoenaed in U.S. District Courts. The person requesting the subpoena must pay these fees.

(g) When serving a subpoena, a party must include witness fees in the form of a check to the individual or organization for one day plus mileage, or, in the case of a government-issued subpoena, a form SF-1157 so a witness may receive fees and mileage reimbursement.

(h) Any person served with a subpoena has 10 days from the time of service to move to quash the subpoena.

(i) If a person does not comply with a subpoena, the ALJ decides whether judicial enforcement of the subpoena is necessary. If the ALJ decides it is, the Commandant (CG-5P) reviews this decision.

[USCG-1998-3884, 71 FR 57651, Sept. 29, 2006, as amended by USCG-2013-0397, 78 FR 39177, July 1, 2013; USCG-2020-0304, 85 FR 58279, Sept. 18, 2020]

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§148.254   How is a hearing transcript prepared?

(a) Under the supervision of the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), the reporter prepares a verbatim transcript of the hearing. Nothing may be deleted from the transcript, unless ordered by the ALJ and noted in the transcript.

(b) After a formal hearing is completed, the ALJ certifies and forwards the record, including the transcript, to the clerk to be placed into the docket.

(c) At any time within the 20 days after the record is docketed, the ALJ may make corrections to the certified transcript. When corrections are filed, they are attached as appendices.

(d) Any motion to correct the record must be submitted within 10 days after the record is docketed.

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§148.256   What happens at the conclusion of a formal hearing?

After closing the record of a formal hearing, the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) prepares a recommended finding on the issues that were the subject of the hearing. The ALJ submits that finding to the Commandant (CG-5P).

[USCG-1998-3884, 71 FR 57651, Sept. 29, 2006, as amended by USCG-2013-0397, 78 FR 39177, July 1, 2013]

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Approval or Denial of the Application

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§148.276   When must the application be approved or denied?

(a) In 33 U.S.C. 1504, the Act provides strict timelines for action on a license application, which, if closely observed, can lead to action in just under 1 year. The Coast Guard, in concurrence with MARAD, can suspend the process if an applicant fails to provide timely information or requests additional time to comply with a request.

(b) The Coast Guard must conduct public hearings in each Adjacent Coastal State within 240 days of publishing the notice of receipt of a deepwater port license application.

(c) MARAD issues a Record of Decision (ROD) approving or denying a license application within 90 days after the final public hearing. Actual issuance of a license may not take place until certain conditions imposed by the ROD have been met. Those conditions may include how the applicant must address design, construction, installation, testing, operations, and decommissioning of the deepwater port, or meet the requirements of other agencies.

[USCG-1998-3884, 71 FR 57651, Sept. 29, 2006, as amended by USCG-2013-0397, 78 FR 39177, July 1, 2013]

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§148.277   How may Federal agencies and States participate in the application process?

(a) Under §148.209 of this part, Federal agencies and Adjacent Coastal States are sent copies of the application. The agencies and States are encouraged to begin submitting their comments at that time.

(b) To be considered, comments from Federal agencies and Adjacent Coastal States must be received by the Commandant (CG-5P) within 45 days after the close of the public hearing period specified in §148.276(b) of this part. Separate comment periods will apply to the review of documents created during the National Environmental Policy Act process. Both the Commandant (CG-5P) and MARAD review the comments received.

(c) Comments should identify problems, if any, and suggest possible solutions.

[USCG-1998-3884, 71 FR 57651, Sept. 29, 2006, as amended by USCG-2013-0397, 78 FR 39177, July 1, 2013]

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§148.279   What are the criteria for approval or denial of an application?

The criteria for approving or denying a license application appear in 33 U.S.C. 1503.

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§148.281   What happens when more than one application is submitted for a deepwater port in the same application area?

(a) When more than one application is submitted for a deepwater port in the same application area under 33 U.S.C. 1504(d), only one application is approved. Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section, applicants receive priority in the following order:

(1) An Adjacent Coastal State or combination of States, political subdivision of the State, or an agency or instrumentality, including a wholly owned corporation of the State;

(2) A person that is:

(i) Not engaged in producing, refining, or marketing oil;

(ii) Not an affiliate of a person engaged in producing, refining, or marketing oil; or

(iii) Not an affiliate of a person engaged in producing, refining, or marketing oil; and then

(3) Any other applicant.

(b) MARAD may also approve one of the proposed deepwater ports if it determines that that deepwater port will best serve the national interest. In making this determination, MARAD considers:

(1) The degree to which each deepwater port will affect the environment, as determined under the review criteria in subpart G to this part;

(2) The differences between the anticipated completion dates of the deepwater ports; and

(3) The differences in costs for construction and operation of the deepwater ports that would be passed on to consumers of oil.

(c) This section does not apply to applications for natural gas deepwater ports.

[USCG-1998-3884, 71 FR 57651, Sept. 29, 2006, as amended by USCG-2013-0397, 78 FR 39177, July 1, 2013]

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§148.283   When is the application process stopped before the application is approved or denied?

The Commandant (CG-5P) recommends to MARAD that the application process be suspended before the application is approved or denied if:

(a) All applications are withdrawn before MARAD approves one of them; or

(b) There is only one application; it is incomplete, and the applicant does not respond to a request by the Commandant (CG-5P) for further information, as per §148.107 of this part.

[USCG-1998-3884, 71 FR 57651, Sept. 29, 2006, as amended by USCG-2013-0397, 78 FR 39177, July 1, 2013]

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