Norfolk Southern Railway Company-Abandonment Exemption-in Wyoming and Genesee Counties, NY, 71738-71739 [E7-24390]

Download as PDF 71738 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 242 / Tuesday, December 18, 2007 / Notices [FR Doc. 07–6079 Filed 12–17–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4909–60–M DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION By the Board, David M. Konschnik, Director, Office of Proceedings. Vernon A. Williams, Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–24292 Filed 12–17–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P [STB Finance Docket No. 35109] DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Arizona Eastern Railway, Inc.— Acquisition and Operation ExemptionUnion Pacific Railroad Company yshivers on PROD1PC62 with NOTICES Surface Transportation Board Surface Transportation Board Arizona Eastern Railway, Inc. (AZER), a Class III rail carrier, has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1150.41 to acquire from Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) and operate a 67.7-mile line of railroad known as the Clifton Subdivision, extending between milepost 1150.00 at Lordsburg, NM, and milepost 1217.70 at Clifton, AZ.1 The transaction is expected to be consummated on or after February 1, 2008. AZER certifies that its projected annual revenues as a result of the transaction will not result in AZER becoming a Class II or Class I rail carrier. However, because its projected annual revenues will exceed $5 million, AZER also has certified to the Board on December 3, 2007, that it has complied with the employee notice requirements of 49 CFR 1150.42(e). Pursuant to that provision, the exemption may not become effective until 60 days from the date of certification to the Board, which would be February 1, 2008. If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. Petitions to revoke the exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) may be filed at any time. The filing of a petition to revoke will not automatically stay the effectiveness of the exemption. Stay petitions must be filed by January 25, 2008 (at least 7 days before the exemption becomes effective). An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to STB Finance Docket No. 35109, must be filed with the Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20423– 0001. In addition, a copy of each pleading must be served on John D. Heffner, John D. Heffner, PLLC, 1750 K Street, NW., Suite 350, Washington, DC 20006. Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at http:// www.stb.dot.gov. Norfolk Southern Railway Company— Abandonment Exemption—in Wyoming and Genesee Counties, NY Decided: December 10, 2007. 1 Iowa Pacific Holdings LLC owns AZER through its wholly owned subsidiary Permian Basin Railways, Inc. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:19 Dec 17, 2007 Jkt 214001 [STB Docket No. AB–290 (Sub- No. 271X)] Norfolk Southern Railway Company (NSR) has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1152 subpart F—Exempt Abandonments to abandon a 4.50-mile line of railroad extending between milepost UG 360.20 at Alexander and milepost UG 364.70 at Attica, in Wyoming and Genesee Counties, NY. The line traverses United States Postal Service Zip Codes 14005 and 14011, and includes the stations of Alexander and Attica. NSR has certified that: (1) No local traffic has moved over the line for at least 2 years; (2) any overhead traffic can 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 or with any U.S. District Court or has been decided in favor of complainant within the 2-year period; and (4) the requirements of 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 January 17, 2008, unless stayed pending reconsideration.1 Petitions to stay that 1 By letter dated November 29, 2007, BP Rail Corporation D/B/A BP Rail (BPR) advised the Board of its intent to file an offer of financial assistance PO 00000 Frm 00124 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 28, 2007. Petitions to reopen or requests for public use conditions under 49 CFR 1152.28 must be filed by January 7, 2008, with the Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20423–0001. A copy of any petition filed with the Board should be sent to NSR’s representative: James R. Paschall, Senior General Attorney, Norfolk Southern Corporation, Three Commercial Place, Norfolk, VA 23510. If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. NSR has filed environmental and historic reports which address the effects, if any, of the abandonment on the environment and historic resources. SEA will issue an environmental assessment (EA) by December 21, 2007. Interested persons may obtain a copy of the EA by writing to SEA (Room 1100, Surface Transportation Board, Washington, DC 20423–0001) or by calling SEA, at (202) 245–0305. [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), NSR shall file a notice of consummation with the Board to signify that it has exercised the authority granted and fully abandoned the line. If (OFA) to purchase the 4.50-mile line proposed for abandonment. In the November 29 letter, BPR also requested that NSR provide certain information regarding the line, including the required minimum purchase price. BPR also requested that the Board toll the 30-day period for submitting OFAs for an additional 60 days in order to provide the offeror with an adequate opportunity to receive, review and analyze the material provided by NSR and submit its OFA. These requests will be handled in a separate decision. 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 $1,300. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(25). E:\FR\FM\18DEN1.SGM 18DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 242 / Tuesday, December 18, 2007 / Notices consummation has not been effected by NSR’s filing of a notice of consummation by December 18, 2008, and there are no 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: December 7, 2007. By the Board, David M. Konschnik, Director, Office of Proceedings. Vernon A. Williams, Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–24390 Filed 12–17–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Internal Revenue Service [PS–54–94] Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Regulation Project Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. yshivers on PROD1PC62 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Department of the Treasury, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13(44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). Currently, the IRS is soliciting comments concerning an existing final regulation, PS–54–94 (TD 8668), Environmental Settlement FundsClassification (Section 301.7701–4). DATES: Written comments should be received on or before February 19, 2008 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Glenn Kirkland, Internal Revenue Service, room 6129, 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20224. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the regulations should be directed to Larnice Mack at Internal Revenue Service, room 6129, 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20224, or at (202) 622–3179, or through the internet at (Larnice.Mack@irs.gov). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Environmental Settlement Funds—Classification. OMB Number: 1545–1465. Regulation Project Number: PS–54– 94. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:19 Dec 17, 2007 Jkt 214001 Abstract: This regulation provides guidance to taxpayers on the proper classification of trusts formed to collect and disburse amounts for environmental remediation of an existing waste site to discharge taxpayers’ liability or potential liability under applicable environmental laws. Section 301.7701– 4(e)(3) of the regulation provides that the trustee of an environmental remediation trust must furnish to each grantor a statement that shows all items of income, deduction, and credit of the trust for the taxable year attributable to the portion of the trust treated as owned by the grantor. The statement must provide the grantor with the information necessary to take the items into account in computing the grantor’s taxable income. Current Actions: There is no change to this existing regulation. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 500. Estimated Time per Respondent: 4 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 2000. The following paragraph applies to all of the collections of information covered by this notice: An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a valid OMB control number. Books or records relating to a collection of information must be retained as long as their contents may become material in the administration of any internal revenue law. Generally, tax returns and tax return information are confidential, as required by 26 U.S.C. 6103. Request for Comments: Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (e) estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, PO 00000 Frm 00125 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 71739 maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information. Approved: December 6, 2007. Glenn Kirkland, IRS Reports Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. E7–24398 Filed 12–17–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4830–01–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Internal Revenue Service [TD 9052] Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Regulation Project Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Department of the Treasury, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). Currently, the IRS is soliciting comments concerning an existing final regulation, Notice of Significant Reduction in the Rate of Future Benefit Accrual. DATES: Written comments should be received on or before February 19, 2008 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Glenn Kirkland, Internal Revenue Service, room 6129, 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20224. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the regulations should be directed to Larnice Mack at Internal Revenue Service, room 6129, 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20224, or at (202) 622–3179, or through the Internet at (Larnice.Mack@irs.gov). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Notice of Significant Reduction in the Rate of Future Benefit Accrual. OMB Number: 1545–1780. Regulation Project Number: REG– 136193–01. Abstract: In order to protect the rights of participants in qualified pension plans, plan administrators must provide notice to plan participants and other parties, if the plan is amended in a particular manner. No government agency receives this information. Current Actions: There are no changes being made to this existing regulation. E:\FR\FM\18DEN1.SGM 18DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Surface Transportation Board

[STB Docket No. AB-290 (Sub- No. 271X)]


Norfolk Southern Railway Company--Abandonment Exemption--in 
Wyoming and Genesee Counties, NY

    Norfolk Southern Railway Company (NSR) has filed a verified notice 
of exemption under 49 CFR 1152 subpart F--Exempt Abandonments to 
abandon a 4.50-mile line of railroad extending between milepost UG 
360.20 at Alexander and milepost UG 364.70 at Attica, in Wyoming and 
Genesee Counties, NY. The line traverses United States Postal Service 
Zip Codes 14005 and 14011, and includes the stations of Alexander and 
Attica.
    NSR has certified that: (1) No local traffic has moved over the 
line for at least 2 years; (2) any overhead traffic can 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 or with any 
U.S. District Court or has been decided in favor of complainant within 
the 2-year period; and (4) the requirements of 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 January 17, 2008, unless stayed pending 
reconsideration.\1\ 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 28, 2007. Petitions to reopen or 
requests for public use conditions under 49 CFR 1152.28 must be filed 
by January 7, 2008, with the Surface Transportation Board, 395 E 
Street, SW., Washington, DC 20423-0001.
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    \1\ By letter dated November 29, 2007, BP Rail Corporation D/B/A 
BP Rail (BPR) advised the Board of its intent to file an offer of 
financial assistance (OFA) to purchase the 4.50-mile line proposed 
for abandonment. In the November 29 letter, BPR also requested that 
NSR provide certain information regarding the line, including the 
required minimum purchase price. BPR also requested that the Board 
toll the 30-day period for submitting OFAs for an additional 60 days 
in order to provide the offeror with an adequate opportunity to 
receive, review and analyze the material provided by NSR and submit 
its OFA. These requests will be handled in a separate decision.
    \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 Out-of-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 $1,300. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(25).
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    A copy of any petition filed with the Board should be sent to NSR's 
representative: James R. Paschall, Senior General Attorney, Norfolk 
Southern Corporation, Three Commercial Place, Norfolk, VA 23510.
    If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, 
the exemption is void ab initio.
    NSR has filed environmental and historic reports which address the 
effects, if any, of the abandonment on the environment and historic 
resources. SEA will issue an environmental assessment (EA) by December 
21, 2007. Interested persons may obtain a copy of the EA by writing to 
SEA (Room 1100, Surface Transportation Board, Washington, DC 20423-
0001) or by calling SEA, at (202) 245-0305. [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), NSR shall file 
a notice of consummation with the Board to signify that it has 
exercised the authority granted and fully abandoned the line. If

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consummation has not been effected by NSR's filing of a notice of 
consummation by December 18, 2008, and there are no 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: December 7, 2007.

    By the Board, David M. Konschnik, Director, Office of 
Proceedings.
Vernon A. Williams,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. E7-24390 Filed 12-17-07; 8:45 am]
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