Arizona Eastern Railway-Construction and Operation Exemption-In Graham County, Arizona, 10094-10095 [E8-3480]

Download as PDF 10094 Application No. Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 37 / Monday, February 25, 2008 / Notices Docket No. Regulation(s) affected Nature of special permit thereof Department of Defense, Ft. Eustis, VA. 14568–M ...... Applicant 49 CFR 173.431 ................ To reissue the special permit originally issued on an emergency basis for the transportation in commerce of portable nuclear gauges containing certain radioactive materials exceeding the quantity that may be transported in a Type A packaging. [FR Doc. 08–813 Filed 2–22–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4909–60–M DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [STB Docket No. AB–183 (Sub-No. 4X); STB Docket No. AB–290 (Sub-No. 301X)] rfrederick on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES Union Railroad Company— Abandonment Exemption—in Allegheny County, PA; Norfolk Southern Railway Company— Discontinuance of Trackage Rights Exemption—in Allegheny County, PA On February 5, 2008, Union Railroad Company (URR) and Norfolk Southern Railway Company (NSR) (collectively, petitioners) jointly filed with the Surface Transportation Board (Board) a petition under 49 U.S.C. 10502 for exemption from the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 10903 for URR to discontinue service and abandon and for NSR to discontinue trackage rights over a 1.34mile line of railroad between South Duquesne, PA, and McKeesport, PA, in Allegheny County, PA. The line extends from McKeesport Branch Station 0+00 (Duquesne Branch Station 97+26) at the point of switch for turnout D–60, to McKeesport Branch Station 70+78 at the point of switch for turnout UM–1, and includes the Riverton Railroad Bridge (Riverton Bridge) that crosses the Monongahela River at Monongahela milepost 14.3. The line traverses U.S. Postal Service Zip Codes 15110 and 15132, and includes no stations. Petitioners state that, based on information in their possession, the line does not contain federally granted rights-of-way. Any documentation in petitioners’ possession will be made available promptly to those requesting it. The interest of railroad employees will be protected by the conditions set forth in Oregon Short Line R. Co.— Abandonment—Goshen, 360 I.C.C. 91 (1979). By issuance of this notice, the Board is instituting an exemption proceeding pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 10502(b). A final decision will be issued by May 23, VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:34 Feb 22, 2008 Jkt 214001 2008 1 (sooner if petitioners’ request for expedited handling can be accommodated). Any offer of financial assistance (OFA) under 49 CFR 1152.27(b)(2) will be due no later than 10 days after service of a decision granting the petition for exemption. Each OFA must be accompanied by a $1,300 filing fee. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(25). All interested persons should be aware that, following abandonment of rail service and salvage of the line, the line may be suitable for other public use, including interim trail use.2 Any request for a public use condition under 49 CFR 1152.28 or for trail use/rail banking under 49 CFR 1152.29 will be due no later than March 17, 2008. Each trail use request must be accompanied by a $200 filing fee. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(27). All filings in response to this notice must refer to STB Docket Nos. AB–183 (Sub-No. 4X) and AB–290 (Sub-No. 301X), and must be sent to: (1) Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20423–0001; (2) for URR—John A. Vuono, Vuono & Gray, LLC, 310 Grant Street, Suite 2310, Pittsburgh, PA 15219; and (3) for NSR— Greg E. Summy, General Solicitor, Norfolk Southern Corp., Three Commercial Place, Norfolk, VA 23510– 2191. Replies to petitioners’ petition are due on or before March 17, 2008. Persons seeking further information concerning abandonment procedures may contact the Board’s Office of Governmental and Public Affairs at 1 Petitioners seek expedited consideration of the petition, stating that the line proposed to be abandoned, including the Riverton Bridge, is intended to be used as a trail and would be the final link of a trail system that would connect Washington, DC and the City of Pittsburgh. According to petitioners, the official opening of the system is scheduled for on or about October 1, 2008. Petitioners state that, prior to the trail opening, construction would be required to prepare the line for use as a trail. Petitioners have confirmed that they are aware that removal of rail or railroadrelated materials may not occur until completion of the exemption process, including compliance with any environmental or historic conditions that may be imposed. 2 As noted, petitioners intend that the line be developed for trail use. Petitioners state that URR, and its parent company United States Steel Corporation, have engaged in negotiations with Allegheny County and plan for URR to transfer title to the line to Allegheny County. PO 00000 Frm 00111 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (202) 245–0230 or refer to the full abandonment or discontinuance regulations at 49 CFR part 1152. Questions concerning environmental issues may be directed to the Board’s Section of Environmental Analysis (SEA) at (202) 245–0305. [Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339.] An environmental assessment (EA) (or environmental impact statement (EIS), if necessary) prepared by SEA will be served upon all parties of record and upon any agencies or other persons who commented during its preparation. Other interested persons may contact SEA to obtain a copy of the EA (or EIS). The EA in an abandonment proceeding normally will be made available within 60 days of the filing of the petition. The deadline for submission of comments on the EA generally will be within 30 days of its service. Here, SEA anticipates issuing the EA on March 5, 2008, and making comments due by April 4, 2008, in an effort to accommodate petitioners’ request for expedited consideration. Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at: http:// www.stb.dot.gov. Decided: February 15, 2008. By the Board, David M. Konschnik, Director, Office of Proceedings. Anne K. Quinlan, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–3477 Filed 2–22–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [STB Finance Docket No. 34836] Arizona Eastern Railway— Construction and Operation Exemption—In Graham County, Arizona Lead: Surface Transportation Board. Cooperating: Federal Railroad Administration. ACTION: Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment and Request for Public Review and Comment. AGENCIES: SUMMARY: On August 4, 2006, the Arizona Eastern Railway (AZER) filed a E:\FR\FM\25FEN1.SGM 25FEN1 rfrederick on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 37 / Monday, February 25, 2008 / Notices petition with the Surface Transportation Board (Board) seeking an exemption under 49 United States Code (U.S.C.) 10502 from prior approval requirements of 49 U.S.C. 10901 for authority to construct and operate 12 miles of new rail line in Graham County, Arizona (AZ). The Board, through its Section of Environmental Analysis (SEA) and in cooperation with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), is the lead agency responsible for the preparation of the Environmental Assessment (EA). The Proposed Action is the construction and operation of a new rail line to connect the Phelps Dodge Dos Pobres Mine (Mine) with the existing 133.5-mile AZER line that operates between Miami, AZ and Bowie, AZ. The proposed rail line would begin near Safford, AZ, at AZER milepost 1133.5, known as the ‘‘Lone Star Junction’’ and proceed northerly for 12.1 miles, terminating at the Mine. The proposed rail line would cross agricultural and undeveloped lands, the Gila River, and then would turn in a northeast direction toward the Safford Municipal Airport. The proposed rail line would cross U.S. Highway 70 west of the San Simon River and would also cross Solomon Road, Airport Road, Lone Star Mountain Road, San Juan Road, and Phelps Dodge Road. The crossing at U.S. Highway 70 would consist of a signalized at-grade crossing, including warning lights and automated gates. The other roadway crossings, where traffic volumes are generally low, would consist of signed at-grade crossings with warning lights. The proposed rail line would accommodate one round trip per day, seven days per week, each day of the year. Each trip would consist of 20 to 25 railcars. Principal commodities to be handled include sulfuric acid, copper, and copper-related products. Based on the information provided from all sources to date and its independent analysis, SEA preliminarily concludes that construction and operation of the proposed rail line would not have significant environmental impacts if the Board imposes and AZER implements the recommended mitigation measures set forth in the EA. Copies of the EA have been served on all interested parties and will be made available to additional parties upon request. The entire EA is also available for review on the Board’s Web site (http://www.stb.dot.gov) by clicking on the ‘‘Decisions and Notices’’ link, then ‘‘E-LIBRARY’’ and searching by the Service Date (February 25, 2008) or Docket Number (FD 34836). SEA, working with FRA, will consider all comments received when making its VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:34 Feb 22, 2008 Jkt 214001 final recommendations to the Board. The Board will then consider SEA’s final recommendations and the complete environmental record in making its final decision in this proceeding. DATES: The EA is available for public review and comment. All faxed and electronic comments must be submitted by March 31, 2008; comments sent by mail must be postmarked by March 31, 2008. ADDRESSES: Send written comments (an original and two copies) to: Diana Wood, Section of Environmental Analysis, Surface Transportation Board, Case Control Unit, 395 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20423. Please reference STB Finance Docket No. 34836 in all correspondence. Comments on the EA may also be filed electronically on the Board’s Web site, http://www.stb.dot.gov, by clicking on the ‘‘E-FILING’’ link. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Diana Wood, SEA Project Manager, at (202) 245–0302; e-mail: woodd@stb.dot.gov. Federal Information Relay Service for the hearing impaired: 1–800–877–8339. Decided: February 25, 2008. By the Board, Victoria Rutson, Chief, Section of Environmental Analysis. Anne K. Quinlan, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–3480 Filed 2–22–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P 10095 Type of Review: Revision. Title: Registration of Money Services Business, 31 CFR 103.41. Description: Money services businesses file form 107 to register with the Department of the Treasury pursuant to 31 U.S.C. 5330 and 31 CFR 103.41. 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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 37 (Monday, February 25, 2008)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Surface Transportation Board

[STB Finance Docket No. 34836]


Arizona Eastern Railway--Construction and Operation Exemption--In 
Graham County, Arizona

AGENCIES: Lead: Surface Transportation Board. Cooperating: Federal 
Railroad Administration.

ACTION: Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment and Request 
for Public Review and Comment.

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SUMMARY: On August 4, 2006, the Arizona Eastern Railway (AZER) filed a

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petition with the Surface Transportation Board (Board) seeking an 
exemption under 49 United States Code (U.S.C.) 10502 from prior 
approval requirements of 49 U.S.C. 10901 for authority to construct and 
operate 12 miles of new rail line in Graham County, Arizona (AZ). The 
Board, through its Section of Environmental Analysis (SEA) and in 
cooperation with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), is the lead 
agency responsible for the preparation of the Environmental Assessment 
(EA).
    The Proposed Action is the construction and operation of a new rail 
line to connect the Phelps Dodge Dos Pobres Mine (Mine) with the 
existing 133.5-mile AZER line that operates between Miami, AZ and 
Bowie, AZ. The proposed rail line would begin near Safford, AZ, at AZER 
milepost 1133.5, known as the ``Lone Star Junction'' and proceed 
northerly for 12.1 miles, terminating at the Mine. The proposed rail 
line would cross agricultural and undeveloped lands, the Gila River, 
and then would turn in a northeast direction toward the Safford 
Municipal Airport. The proposed rail line would cross U.S. Highway 70 
west of the San Simon River and would also cross Solomon Road, Airport 
Road, Lone Star Mountain Road, San Juan Road, and Phelps Dodge Road. 
The crossing at U.S. Highway 70 would consist of a signalized at-grade 
crossing, including warning lights and automated gates. The other 
roadway crossings, where traffic volumes are generally low, would 
consist of signed at-grade crossings with warning lights. The proposed 
rail line would accommodate one round trip per day, seven days per 
week, each day of the year. Each trip would consist of 20 to 25 
railcars. Principal commodities to be handled include sulfuric acid, 
copper, and copper-related products.
    Based on the information provided from all sources to date and its 
independent analysis, SEA preliminarily concludes that construction and 
operation of the proposed rail line would not have significant 
environmental impacts if the Board imposes and AZER implements the 
recommended mitigation measures set forth in the EA.
    Copies of the EA have been served on all interested parties and 
will be made available to additional parties upon request. The entire 
EA is also available for review on the Board's Web site (http://
www.stb.dot.gov) by clicking on the ``Decisions and Notices'' link, 
then ``E-LIBRARY'' and searching by the Service Date (February 25, 
2008) or Docket Number (FD 34836). SEA, working with FRA, will consider 
all comments received when making its final recommendations to the 
Board. The Board will then consider SEA's final recommendations and the 
complete environmental record in making its final decision in this 
proceeding.

DATES: The EA is available for public review and comment. All faxed and 
electronic comments must be submitted by March 31, 2008; comments sent 
by mail must be postmarked by March 31, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments (an original and two copies) to: Diana 
Wood, Section of Environmental Analysis, Surface Transportation Board, 
Case Control Unit, 395 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20423.
    Please reference STB Finance Docket No. 34836 in all 
correspondence. Comments on the EA may also be filed electronically on 
the Board's Web site, http://www.stb.dot.gov, by clicking on the ``E-
FILING'' link.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Diana Wood, SEA Project Manager, at 
(202) 245-0302; e-mail: woodd@stb.dot.gov. Federal Information Relay 
Service for the hearing impaired: 1-800-877-8339.

    Decided: February 25, 2008.

    By the Board, Victoria Rutson, Chief, Section of Environmental 
Analysis.
Anne K. Quinlan,
Acting Secretary.
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