(a) Closures.— The Secretary may not close a Coast Guard multimission small boat station or subunit unless the Secretary—
(A)remaining search and rescue capabilities maintain the safety of the maritime public in the area of the station or subunit;
(B)regional or local prevailing weather and marine conditions, including water temperature or unusual tide and current conditions, do not require continued operation of the station or subunit; and
(C)Coast Guard search and rescue standards related to search and rescue response times are met; and
(2)provides an opportunity for public comment and for public meetings in the area of the station or subunit with regard to the decision to close the station or subunit.
(b) Operational Flexibility.— The Secretary may implement any management efficiencies within the small boat station system, such as modifying the operational posture of units or reallocating resources as necessary to ensure the safety of the maritime public nationwide. No stations or subunits may be closed under this subsection except in accordance with subsection (a).
2012—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 112–213substituted “Secretary may not” for “Secretary of Homeland Security may not” in introductory provisions.
2002—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 107–296, which directed amendment of section
674 of this title by substituting “of Homeland Security” for “of Transportation” in introductory provisions, was executed to this section, to reflect the probable intent of Congress and the renumbering of section
674 of this title as this section by Pub. L. 107–295, see below.
Amendment by Pub. L. 107–296effective on the date of transfer of the Coast Guard to the Department of Homeland Security, see section 1704(g) ofPub. L. 107–296, set out as a note under section
101 of Title
10, Armed Forces.
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