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E7–18916 Filed 9–25–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [STB Ex Parte No. 670] Establishment of a Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee Surface Transportation Board. Notice of membership of Rail Energy Transportation Advisory. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The Surface Transportation Board (Board) hereby gives notice of the membership of the Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Scott M. Zimmerman at 202–245–0202. [Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339.] SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: By a decision served on March 9, 2007, the Board announced its proposal to establish a Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee (RETAC) and solicited public comment on the advisability of establishing such a committee, the size and composition of E:\FR\FM\26SEN1.SGM 26SEN1 mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 54714 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 186 / Wednesday, September 26, 2007 / Notices the committee, and the scope of its mandate. Based on a review of the comments received and consultation with the General Services Administration, the Board, in a decision served July 17, 2007, announced that it is establishing RETAC and developed a charter to govern its operation. RETAC will provide advice and guidance to the Board, and serve as a forum for discussion of emerging issues regarding the transportation by rail of energy resources, particularly, but not necessarily limited to, coal, ethanol, and other biofuels. In its July 2007 decision, the Board also requested suggestions for candidates for membership on RETAC. The Board stated that RETAC will be balanced and representative of interested and affected parties, and will consist of not less than: 5 representatives from the Class I railroads, 3 representatives from Class II and III railroads, 3 representatives from coal producers, 5 representatives from electric utilities (including at least one rural electric cooperative and one stateor municipally-owned utility), 4 representatives from biofuel refiners, processors, or distributors, or biofuel feedstock growers or providers, and 2 representatives from private car owners, car lessors, or car manufacturers. RETAC may also include up to 3 members with relevant experience but not necessarily affiliated with one of the aforementioned industries or sectors. The Chairman of the Board may invite representatives from the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Energy and Transportation and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to serve on RETAC in advisory capacities as ex officio (non-voting) members, and the three members of the Board shall serve as ex officio members of the Committee as well. Accordingly, attached to this decision is a list of the candidates who, in accordance with the RETAC charter, have been selected by the Chairman with a concurrence of a majority of the Board to serve as members of RETAC for the first 2-year term. This action will not significantly affect either the quality of the human environment or the conservation of energy resources. Authority: 49 U.S.C. 721, 49 U.S.C. 11101; 49 U.S.C. 11121. 17:57 Sep 25, 2007 Other James Brunkenhoefer, National Legislative Director, United Transportation Union [FR Doc. E7–18938 Filed 9–25–07; 8:45 am] Appendix—Surface Transportation Board Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee Members BILLING CODE 4915–01–P Class I Railroads Stevan Bobb, Group Vice President—Coal, BNSF Railway Company Paul Hammes, Vice President and General Manager—Agricultural Products, Union Pacific Railroad Company Henry Rupert, Assistant Vice President— Utility North, CSX Transportation, Inc. Darin Selby, Assistant Vice President—Coal Sales and Marketing, Kansas City Southern Railway Company Alan Shaw, Senior Director of Coal Transportation, Norfolk Southern Railway Company Class II and III Railroads Edward McKechnie, Chief Commercial Officer, WATCO Companies David Rohal, Vice President, RailAmerica, Inc. Daniel Ray Sabin, President, Iowa Northern Railway Company Coal Producers John Eaves, President and COO, Arch Coal, Inc. Betsy Monseu, Vice President, Transportation, Foundation Energy Sales, Inc. Michael Rayphole, Vice President—Sales and Western Transportation, COALSALES, LLC Electric Utilities William Berg, CEO, Dairyland Power Cooperative W. Paul Bowers, President, Southern Company Generation C. Joseph Hopf, President, PPL EnergyPlus, LLC Richard Kelly, Chairman, President, and CEO, XCEL Energy Inc. Dan Kuehn, Executive Manager, Wholesale Power Services, Lower Colorado River Authority Biofuel Refiners, Producers, Distributors, or Feedstock Providers Daryl Haack, Corn and soybean farmer, Primghar, Iowa Mark Huston, Director, North American Transportation, Louis Dreyfus Commodities James Redding, Vice President, Aventine Renewable Energy, Inc. Darrell Wallace, Vice President Transportation Commodities Group, Bunge North America Private Car Owners, Car Lessors or Car Manufacturers Robert Hulick, Senior Vice President Business Development, TrinityRail Jay Wileman, President and CEO, G.E. Equipment Services—Rail Services Decided: September 21, 2007. VerDate Aug<31>2005 By the Board, Vernon A. Williams, Secretary. Vernon A. Williams, Secretary. Jkt 211001 PO 00000 Frm 00076 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [STB Docket No. AB–55 (Sub–No. 649X)] CSX Transportation, Inc.— Abandonment Exemption—in Niagara County, NY CSX Transportation, Inc. (CSXT), has filed a notice of exemption under 49 CFR part 1152 subpart F—Exempt Abandonments to abandon a 1.57-mile line of railroad known as the Erie Industrial Track, on its Northern Region, Albany Division, Niagara Subdivision, extending from milepost QCJ 13.43 to milepost QCJ 15.0, in North Tonawanda, Niagara County, NY. The line traverses United States Postal Service Zip Code 14120. CSXT indicates that no stations will be impacted by the proposed abandonment. CSXT has certified that: (1) No local traffic has moved over the line for at least 2 years; (2) no overhead traffic has moved over the line for at least 2 years and overhead traffic, if there were any, could be rerouted over other lines; (3) no formal complaint filed by a user of rail service on the line (or by a State or local government entity acting on behalf of such user) regarding cessation of service over the line either is pending with the Surface Transportation Board (Board) or with any U.S. District Court or has been decided in favor of complainant within the 2-year period; and (4) the requirements at 49 CFR 1105.7 (environmental reports), 49 CFR 1105.8 (historic reports), 49 CFR 1105.11 (transmittal letter), 49 CFR 1105.12 (newspaper publication), and 49 CFR 1152.50(d)(1) (notice to governmental agencies) have been met. As a condition to this exemption, any employee adversely affected by the abandonment shall be protected under Oregon Short Line R. Co.— Abandonment—Goshen, 360 I.C.C. 91 (1979). To address whether this condition adequately protects affected employees, a petition for partial revocation under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) must be filed. Provided no formal expression of intent to file an offer of financial assistance (OFA) has been received, this exemption will be effective on October 26, 2007, unless stayed pending E:\FR\FM\26SEN1.SGM 26SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Surface Transportation Board

[STB Ex Parte No. 670]


Establishment of a Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee

AGENCY: Surface Transportation Board.

ACTION: Notice of membership of Rail Energy Transportation Advisory.

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SUMMARY: The Surface Transportation Board (Board) hereby gives notice 
of the membership of the Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Scott M. Zimmerman at 202-245-0202. 
[Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.]

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: By a decision served on March 9, 2007, the 
Board announced its proposal to establish a Rail Energy Transportation 
Advisory Committee (RETAC) and solicited public comment on the 
advisability of establishing such a committee, the size and composition 
of

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the committee, and the scope of its mandate. Based on a review of the 
comments received and consultation with the General Services 
Administration, the Board, in a decision served July 17, 2007, 
announced that it is establishing RETAC and developed a charter to 
govern its operation. RETAC will provide advice and guidance to the 
Board, and serve as a forum for discussion of emerging issues regarding 
the transportation by rail of energy resources, particularly, but not 
necessarily limited to, coal, ethanol, and other biofuels.
    In its July 2007 decision, the Board also requested suggestions for 
candidates for membership on RETAC. The Board stated that RETAC will be 
balanced and representative of interested and affected parties, and 
will consist of not less than: 5 representatives from the Class I 
railroads, 3 representatives from Class II and III railroads, 3 
representatives from coal producers, 5 representatives from electric 
utilities (including at least one rural electric cooperative and one 
state-or municipally-owned utility), 4 representatives from biofuel 
refiners, processors, or distributors, or biofuel feedstock growers or 
providers, and 2 representatives from private car owners, car lessors, 
or car manufacturers. RETAC may also include up to 3 members with 
relevant experience but not necessarily affiliated with one of the 
aforementioned industries or sectors. The Chairman of the Board may 
invite representatives from the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Energy 
and Transportation and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to 
serve on RETAC in advisory capacities as ex officio (non-voting) 
members, and the three members of the Board shall serve as ex officio 
members of the Committee as well.
    Accordingly, attached to this decision is a list of the candidates 
who, in accordance with the RETAC charter, have been selected by the 
Chairman with a concurrence of a majority of the Board to serve as 
members of RETAC for the first 2-year term.
    This action will not significantly affect either the quality of the 
human environment or the conservation of energy resources.

    Authority: 49 U.S.C. 721, 49 U.S.C. 11101; 49 U.S.C. 11121.

    Decided: September 21, 2007.

    By the Board, Vernon A. Williams, Secretary.
Vernon A. Williams,
Secretary.

Appendix--Surface Transportation Board Rail Energy Transportation 
Advisory Committee Members

Class I Railroads

Stevan Bobb, Group Vice President--Coal, BNSF Railway Company
Paul Hammes, Vice President and General Manager--Agricultural 
Products, Union Pacific Railroad Company
Henry Rupert, Assistant Vice President--Utility North, CSX 
Transportation, Inc.
Darin Selby, Assistant Vice President--Coal Sales and Marketing, 
Kansas City Southern Railway Company
Alan Shaw, Senior Director of Coal Transportation, Norfolk Southern 
Railway Company

Class II and III Railroads

Edward McKechnie, Chief Commercial Officer, WATCO Companies
David Rohal, Vice President, RailAmerica, Inc.
Daniel Ray Sabin, President, Iowa Northern Railway Company

Coal Producers

John Eaves, President and COO, Arch Coal, Inc.
Betsy Monseu, Vice President, Transportation, Foundation Energy 
Sales, Inc.
Michael Rayphole, Vice President--Sales and Western Transportation, 
COALSALES, LLC

Electric Utilities

William Berg, CEO, Dairyland Power Cooperative
W. Paul Bowers, President, Southern Company Generation
C. Joseph Hopf, President, PPL EnergyPlus, LLC
Richard Kelly, Chairman, President, and CEO, XCEL Energy Inc.
Dan Kuehn, Executive Manager, Wholesale Power Services, Lower 
Colorado River Authority

Biofuel Refiners, Producers, Distributors, or Feedstock Providers

Daryl Haack, Corn and soybean farmer, Primghar, Iowa
Mark Huston, Director, North American Transportation, Louis Dreyfus 
Commodities
James Redding, Vice President, Aventine Renewable Energy, Inc.
Darrell Wallace, Vice President Transportation Commodities Group, 
Bunge North America

Private Car Owners, Car Lessors or Car Manufacturers

Robert Hulick, Senior Vice President Business Development, 
TrinityRail
Jay Wileman, President and CEO, G.E. Equipment Services--Rail 
Services

Other

James Brunkenhoefer, National Legislative Director, United 
Transportation Union
 [FR Doc. E7-18938 Filed 9-25-07; 8:45 am]
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