Notice of Open Public Hearing, 71888-71889 [05-23494]

Download as PDF 71888 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 229 / Wednesday, November 30, 2005 / Notices Provided no formal expression of intent to file an offer of financial assistance (OFA) has been received, this exemption will be effective on December 30, 2005, unless stayed pending reconsideration. Petitions to stay that do not involve environmental issues,2 formal expressions of intent to file an OFA under 49 CFR 1152.27(c)(2),3 and trail use/rail banking requests under 49 CFR 1152.29 must be filed by December 9, 2005. Petitions to reopen or requests for public use conditions under 49 CFR 1152.28 must be filed by December 20, 2005, with the Surface Transportation Board, 1925 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20423– 0001. A copy of any petition filed with the Board should be sent to UP’s representative: Mack H. Shumate, Jr., Senior General Attorney, 101 North Wacker Drive, Room 1920, Chicago, IL 60606. If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. UP has filed a combined environmental report and historic report which addresses the effects, if any, of the abandonment on the environment and historic resources. SEA will issue an environmental assessment (EA) by December 5, 2005. Interested persons may obtain a copy of the EA by writing to SEA (Room 500, Surface Transportation Board, Washington, DC 20423–0001) or by calling SEA, at (202) 565–1539. [Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339.] Comments on environmental and historic preservation matters must be filed within 15 days after the EA becomes available to the public. Environmental, historic preservation, public use, or trail use/rail banking conditions will be imposed, where appropriate, in a subsequent decision. Pursuant to the provisions of 49 CFR 1152.29(e)(2), UP shall file a notice of consummation with the Board to signify that it has exercised the authority granted and fully abandoned the line. If consummation has not been effected by UP’s filing of a notice of consummation by November 30, 2006, and there are no 2 The Board will grant a stay if an informed decision on environmental issues (whether raised by a party or by the Board’s Section of Environmental Analysis (SEA) in its independent investigation) cannot be made before the exemption’s effective date. See Exemption of Outof-Service Rail Lines, 5 I.C.C.2d 377 (1989). Any request for a stay should be filed as soon as possible so that the Board may take appropriate action before the exemption’s effective date. 3 Each OFA must be accompanied by the filing fee, which currently is set at $1,200. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(25). VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:43 Nov 29, 2005 Jkt 208001 legal or regulatory barriers to consummation, the authority to abandon will automatically expire. Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at http:// www.stb.dot.gov. Decided: November 22, 2005. By the Board, David M. Konschnik, Director, Office of Proceedings. Vernon A. Williams, Secretary. [FR Doc. 05–23424 Filed 11–29–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION at any time. The filing of a petition to revoke will not automatically stay the transaction. An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to STB Finance Docket No. 34777, must be filed with the Surface Transportation Board, 1925 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20423– 0001. In addition, a copy of each pleading must be served on, Thomas F. McFarland, Thomas F. McFarland, P.C., 208 South LaSalle Street, Suite 1890, Chicago, IL 60604–1112. Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at http:// www.stb.dot.gov. [STB Finance Docket No. 34777] Blackwell Northern Gateway Railroad Company—Change in Operators Exemption—Oklahoma Department of Transportation and Blackwell Industrial Authority Decided: November 22, 2005. By the Board, David M. Konschnik, Director, Office of Proceedings. Vernon A. Williams, Secretary. [FR Doc. E5–6678 Filed 11–29–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P Surface Transportation Board Blackwell Northern Gateway Railroad Company (BNGR), a noncarrier, has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1150.31 to operate 35.26 miles of the rail line, owned by the State of Oklahoma by and through the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and Blackwell Industrial Authority. The rail line extends: (1) Between milepost 34.3 at Blackwell, OK, and milepost 18 + 1712.9 feet at the Oklahoma/Kansas State line near Hun Newell, KS; (2) between milepost 35 + 1848 feet, west of Blackwell, OK, and milepost 34.3 at Blackwell, OK; and (3) between milepost 18 + 1712.9 feet at the Oklahoma/Kansas State line near Hun Newell, KS, and milepost 0 + 466.3 feet, at Wellington, KS. BNGR will replace Blackwell & Northern Railway Company, which has been operating over the line, and will become a class III rail carrier.1 BNGR certifies that its projected revenues as a result of this transaction will not exceed those that would quality it as a Class III carrier and that such revenues would not exceed $5 million. The transaction was scheduled to be consummated no earlier than November 7, 2005, the effective date of the exemption (7 days after the exemption was filed). If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. Petitions to reopen the proceeding to revoke the exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) may be filed 1 See Blackwell & Northern Railway Company, Inc.—Operation Exemption—Oklahoma Department of Transportation and Blackwell Industrial Authority, STB Finance Docket No. 34265 (STB served Nov. 4, 2002). PO 00000 Frm 00089 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 U.S.-CHINA ECONOMIC AND SECURITY REVIEW COMMISSION Notice of Open Public Hearing U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. ACTION: Notice of open public hearing. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of the following hearing of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. Name: C. Richard D’Amato, Chairman of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. The Commission is mandated by Congress to investigate, assess, evaluate and report to Congress annually on ‘‘the national security implications of the bilateral trade and economic relationship between the United States and the People’s Republic of China.’’ Pursuant to this mandate, the Commission will be holding a public hearing in Washington, DC on December 8, 2005. Background This event is the first in a series of public hearings the Commission will hold during its 2005–2006 report cycle to collect input from leading experts in academia, business, industry, government and the public on the impact of U.S-China trade and economic relations. The December 8 hearing is being conducted to secure commentary about issues connected to the Hong Kong Ministerial Conference of the Doha Round of the World Trade Organization’s trade expansion negotiations that will occur on December 13–18, 2005. Information on E:\FR\FM\30NON1.SGM 30NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 229 / Wednesday, November 30, 2005 / Notices upcoming hearings, as well as transcripts of past Commission hearings, can be obtained from the USCC Web site http://www.uscc.gov. The December 8 hearing will be cochaired by Commissioners George Becker of Pittsburgh and Professor June Teufel Dreyer of The University of Miami. Purpose of Hearing The hearing is designed to assist the Commission in fulfilling its mandate by examining the issues to be addressed at the Hong Kong Ministerial Conference of the Doha Round of the World Trade Organization’s Trade Expansion Negotiations. Invited witnesses include international trade law experts, administration officials, and labor and industry representatives. The hearing will focus on the process whereby U.S. trade objectives are determined and pursued. It will also address the results of the U.S. trade VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:12 Nov 29, 2005 Jkt 208001 policies toward China, discuss the results of the Doha Round of WTO negotiations, and provide an assessment of the Administration’s fulfillment of Congressional objects as defined under the Trade Promotion Authority. Copies of the hearing agenda will be made available on the Commission’s Web site at http://www.uscc.gov. Any interested party may file a written statement by December 8, 2005, by mailing to the contact below. Date and Time: Thursday, December 8, 2005, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. eastern standard time inclusive. A detailed agenda for the hearing will be posted to the Commission’s Web site at http:// www.uscc.gov in the near future. ADDRESSES: The hearing will be held in the Capitol Hill complex, Washington, DC, in a hearing room to be announced. Public Seating is limited to about 70 people on a first come, first served basis. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further PO 00000 Frm 00090 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 71889 information concerning the hearing should contact Kathy Michels, Associate Director for the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, 444 North Capitol Street, NW., Suite 602, Washington, DC 20001; phone 202–624– 1409, or via e-mail at kmichels@uscc.gov. Authority: The Commission was established in October 2000 pursuant to the Floyd D. Spence National Defense Authorization Act Section 1238, Pub. L. 106– 398, 114 STAT. 1654A–334 (2000) (codified at 22 U.S.C. Section 7002 (2001), as amended, and the ‘‘Consolidated Appropriations Resolution of 2003,’’ Pub. L. No. 108–7 dated February 20, 2003. Dated: November 23, 2005. Kathleen J. Michels, Associate Director, U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. [FR Doc. 05–23494 Filed 11–29–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 1137–00–P E:\FR\FM\30NON1.SGM 30NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 229 (Wednesday, November 30, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 71888-71889]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-23494]


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U.S.-CHINA ECONOMIC AND SECURITY REVIEW COMMISSION


Notice of Open Public Hearing

AGENCY: U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

ACTION: Notice of open public hearing.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of the following hearing of the U.S.-
China Economic and Security Review Commission.
    Name: C. Richard D'Amato, Chairman of the U.S.-China Economic and 
Security Review Commission.
    The Commission is mandated by Congress to investigate, assess, 
evaluate and report to Congress annually on ``the national security 
implications of the bilateral trade and economic relationship between 
the United States and the People's Republic of China.'' Pursuant to 
this mandate, the Commission will be holding a public hearing in 
Washington, DC on December 8, 2005.

Background

    This event is the first in a series of public hearings the 
Commission will hold during its 2005-2006 report cycle to collect input 
from leading experts in academia, business, industry, government and 
the public on the impact of U.S-China trade and economic relations. The 
December 8 hearing is being conducted to secure commentary about issues 
connected to the Hong Kong Ministerial Conference of the Doha Round of 
the World Trade Organization's trade expansion negotiations that will 
occur on December 13-18, 2005. Information on

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upcoming hearings, as well as transcripts of past Commission hearings, 
can be obtained from the USCC Web site http://www.uscc.gov.
    The December 8 hearing will be co-chaired by Commissioners George 
Becker of Pittsburgh and Professor June Teufel Dreyer of The University 
of Miami.

Purpose of Hearing

    The hearing is designed to assist the Commission in fulfilling its 
mandate by examining the issues to be addressed at the Hong Kong 
Ministerial Conference of the Doha Round of the World Trade 
Organization's Trade Expansion Negotiations. Invited witnesses include 
international trade law experts, administration officials, and labor 
and industry representatives.
    The hearing will focus on the process whereby U.S. trade objectives 
are determined and pursued. It will also address the results of the 
U.S. trade policies toward China, discuss the results of the Doha Round 
of WTO negotiations, and provide an assessment of the Administration's 
fulfillment of Congressional objects as defined under the Trade 
Promotion Authority.
    Copies of the hearing agenda will be made available on the 
Commission's Web site at http://www.uscc.gov. Any interested party may 
file a written statement by December 8, 2005, by mailing to the contact 
below.
    Date and Time: Thursday, December 8, 2005, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 
eastern standard time inclusive. A detailed agenda for the hearing will 
be posted to the Commission's Web site at http://www.uscc.gov in the 
near future.

ADDRESSES: The hearing will be held in the Capitol Hill complex, 
Washington, DC, in a hearing room to be announced. Public Seating is 
limited to about 70 people on a first come, first served basis.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing 
further information concerning the hearing should contact Kathy 
Michels, Associate Director for the U.S.-China Economic and Security 
Review Commission, 444 North Capitol Street, NW., Suite 602, 
Washington, DC 20001; phone 202-624-1409, or via e-mail at 
kmichels@uscc.gov.


    Authority: The Commission was established in October 2000 
pursuant to the Floyd D. Spence National Defense Authorization Act 
Section 1238, Pub. L. 106-398, 114 STAT. 1654A-334 (2000) (codified 
at 22 U.S.C. Section 7002 (2001), as amended, and the ``Consolidated 
Appropriations Resolution of 2003,'' Pub. L. No. 108-7 dated 
February 20, 2003.

    Dated: November 23, 2005.
Kathleen J. Michels,
Associate Director, U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.
[FR Doc. 05-23494 Filed 11-29-05; 8:45 am]
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