Notice of Open Public Hearing, 43487-43488 [E8-17010]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 144 / Friday, July 25, 2008 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [STB Finance Docket No. 35155] FPN–USA, Inc.—Operation Exemption—Tijuana-Tecate Shortline mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES FPN–USA, Inc. (FPN), a noncarrier, has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1150.31 to operate an approximately 44.6-mile line of railroad known as the Tijuana-Tecate Shortline, currently owned by the San Diego & Arizona Eastern Railway Company (SD&AE).1 The rail line, almost all of which is in Mexico, extends between approximately milepost 15.0 at San Ysidro, CA, and milepost 59.6 at Division, CA, and runs through Baja California, Mexico.2 In addition, FPN proposes to acquire, as incidental trackage rights, trackage rights over the line being operated by Carrizo Gorge Railway, Inc. (CZRY) between milepost 59.6 at Division and milepost 65.8 at Campo, CA.3 FPN seeks these incidental trackage rights to reach a suitable interchange point at Campo because there is no place to interchange at Division. FPN advises that the Tijuana-Tecate Shortline constitutes a portion of a longer rail line owned by SD&AE, a former Southern Pacific Transportation Company subsidiary.4 Citing San Diego, FPN states that, until July 1, 2001, pursuant to an operation and management agreement with SD&AE, the San Diego & Imperial Valley Railroad Company (SDIV) provided freight service over a rail line that extends a distance of approximately 130 miles between San Diego, CA, and a point near Plaster City, CA (the San Diego-Plaster City line), and includes 1 FPN concurrently filed a public and a confidential version of the notice. The confidential version was filed under seal along with a motion for protective order. The motion for protective order is being addressed in a separate decision. 2 FPN will shortly submit a proposal to the Mexican State of Baja California to operate the line. FPN will commence operations if this proposal is accepted and an operating agreement is executed. 3 See Carrizo Gorge Railway, Inc.—Operation Exemption—Line of San Diego and Arizona Eastern Railway Company and San Diego & Imperial Valley Railroad Company, Inc., STB Finance Docket No. 34078 (STB served Aug. 16, 2001). On July 18, 2008, FPN stated that it intends to enter into a trackage rights agreement with CZRY. 4 SD&AE is owned by the San Diego Metropolitan Transit Development Board, a noncarrier public agency which operates light rail passenger transit service over a portion of the San Diego-Plaster City line between San Diego, CA, and the International Border between the United States and Mexico at San Ysidro, CA/Tijuana, MX. See San Diego & Imperial Valley R. Co., Inc.—Exemption From 49 U.S.C. 10901 and 11301, Finance Docket No. 30457 (ICC served Aug. 17, 1984) (San Diego). VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:15 Jul 24, 2008 Jkt 214001 the Tijuana-Tecate Shortline.5 See San Diego & Imperial Valley R. Co., Inc.— Exemption, 1 I.C.C.2d 941 (1985). On July 1, 2001, SDIV entered into a sublease with CZRY, which then operated over the Tijuana-Tecate Shortline. See supra note 3. FPN further states that CZRY has recently been performing service outside the Tijuana region only sporadically. As a result, according to FPN, Baja California is in the process of canceling CZRY’s contract and has put the operation of the line out for bid. FPN indicates that Union Pacific Railroad Company has indicated its willingness to work with FPN, should Baja California select FPN to operate the Tijuana-Tecate Shortline, for the purpose of interchanging traffic that originated or will terminate in Mexico. By letter filed on July 21, 2008, SDIV states that it is unaware of any changes to CZRY’s operation over the TijuanaTecate Shortline or of FPN’s intent to operate over it, that SDIV has had no communications with FPN regarding FPN’s desire to operate over the line, and that there have been no discussions with FPN regarding coordination of operations.6 The transaction is scheduled to be consummated on or after August 10, 2008 (the effective date of the exemption). FPN certifies that its projected annual revenues as a result of this transaction would not exceed those that would qualify it as a Class III rail carrier and further certifies that its projected annual revenues will not exceed $5 million. Pursuant to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008, Public Law No. 110–161, § 193, 121 Stat. 1844 (2007), nothing in this decision authorizes the following activities at any solid waste rail transfer facility: Collecting, storing or transferring solid waste outside of its original shipping container; or separating or processing solid waste (including baling, crushing, compacting and shredding). The term ‘‘solid waste’’ is defined in section 1004 of the Solid Waste Disposal Act, 42 U.S.C. 6903. If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. Petitions to revoke the 5 The Board has entry jurisdiction over railroads and rail lines that provide service between one point in the United States and another point in the United States through a foreign country. See id., see also Trans-Ontario Ry. Co.—Exemption—49 U.S.C. 10901, Finance Docket No. 30566 (ICC served Feb. 5, 1985). 6 If the exemption becomes effective, the authority obtained by FPN through the exemption is permissive and does not bestow on FPN any legal rights it would need to obtain by contract from SD&AE, SDIV, CZRY, or any other party. PO 00000 Frm 00090 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 43487 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. Petitions for stay must be filed no later than August 1, 2008 (at least 7 days before the exemption becomes effective). An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to STB Finance Docket No. 35155, must be filed with the Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20423– 0001. In addition, one copy of each pleading must be served on John D. Hefner, Esq., 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. Decided: July 21, 2008. By the Board, David M. Konschnik, Director, Office of Proceedings. Anne K. Quinlan, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–17103 Filed 7–24–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P 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— August 13, 2008, Washington, DC. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of the following hearing of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. Name: Larry Wortzel, 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 and impact 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 hold a public hearing in Washington, DC on August 13, 2008 to address ‘‘China’s Energy Policies and Their Environmental Impacts.’’ Background This event is the ninth in a series of public hearings the Commission will hold during its 2008 report cycle to collect input from leading academic, industry, and government experts on the impact of the economic and national security implications of the U.S. E:\FR\FM\25JYN1.SGM 25JYN1 43488 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 144 / Friday, July 25, 2008 / Notices mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES bilateral trade and economic relationship with China. The August 13 hearing will examine China’s energy policymaking structure and reforms, China’s environmental policy and activities to address the environmental impacts of its energy use, the effects of China’s greenhouse gas emissions and its approach to global climate change, and U.S.-China energy technology cooperation in civil nuclear energy. The August 13 hearing will address ‘‘China’s Energy Policies and Their Environmental Impacts’’ and will be Cochaired by Commissioners William A. Reinsch and Daniel M. Slane. Information on hearings, as well as transcripts of past Commission hearings, can be obtained from the USCC Web Site http://www.uscc.gov. Copies of the hearing agenda will be made available on the Commission’s Web Site http://www.uscc.gov as soon as available. Any interested party may file a written statement by August 13, 2008, by mailing to the contact below. On August 13, the hearing will be held in two sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. There will be a question and answer period between the Commissioners and the witnesses. DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, August 13, 2008, 9:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. 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 on Capitol Hill in Room 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building located at First Street and Constitution Avenue, NE., Washington, DC 20510. Public seating is limited to about 50 people on a first come, first served basis. Advance reservations are not required. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:15 Jul 24, 2008 Jkt 214001 These employees constitute the Disciplinary Appeals Board panel from which Board members in a case are appointed. This notice announces that the roster of employees on the panel is available for review and comment. Employees, employee organizations, and other interested parties shall be provided, without charge, a list of the names of employees on the panel upon Authority: Congress created the U.S.-China request and may submit comments concerning the suitability for service on Economic and Security Review Commission the panel of any employee whose name in 2000 in the National Defense is on the list. Authorization Act (Pub. L. 106–398), as amended by Division P of the Consolidated DATES: Names that appear on the panel Appropriations Resolution, 2003 (Public Law may be selected to serve on a Board or 108–7), as amended by Public Law 109–108 as a grievance examiner after August 25, (November 22, 2005). 2008. Dated: July 21, 2008. ADDRESSES: Requests for the list of Kathleen J. Michels, names of employees on the panel and Associate Director, U.S.-China Economic and written comments may be directed to: Security Review Commission. Secretary of Veterans Affairs (051), [FR Doc. E8–17010 Filed 7–24–08; 8:45 am] Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 BILLING CODE 1137–00–P Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20420. Requests and comments may also be faxed to (202) 273–9776. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: AFFAIRS Latoya Smith, Employee Relations Specialist (051), Office of Human Disciplinary Appeals Board Panel Resources Management, Department of AGENCY: Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20420. Ms. Smith ACTION: Notice with request for may be reached at (202) 461–7975. comments. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Public SUMMARY: Section 203 of the Department Law 102–40 requires that the of Veterans Affairs Health Care availability of the roster be posted in the Personnel Act of 1991 (Pub. L. 102–40), Federal Register periodically, and not dated May 7, 1991, revised the less than annually. disciplinary grievance and appeal Dated: July 21, 2008. procedures for employees appointed under 38 U.S.C. 7401(1). It also required Gordon H. Mansfield, the periodic designation of employees of Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs. [FR Doc. E8–17124 Filed 7–24–08; 8:45 am] the Department who are qualified to serve on Disciplinary Appeals Boards. BILLING CODE 8320–01–P 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: PO 00000 Frm 00091 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\25JYN1.SGM 25JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 144 (Friday, July 25, 2008)]
[Notices]
[Pages 43487-43488]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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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--August 13, 2008, Washington, DC.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of the following hearing of the U.S.-
China Economic and Security Review Commission.
    Name: Larry Wortzel, 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 and impact 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 hold a public hearing 
in Washington, DC on August 13, 2008 to address ``China's Energy 
Policies and Their Environmental Impacts.''

Background

    This event is the ninth in a series of public hearings the 
Commission will hold during its 2008 report cycle to collect input from 
leading academic, industry, and government experts on the impact of the 
economic and national security implications of the U.S.

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bilateral trade and economic relationship with China. The August 13 
hearing will examine China's energy policymaking structure and reforms, 
China's environmental policy and activities to address the 
environmental impacts of its energy use, the effects of China's 
greenhouse gas emissions and its approach to global climate change, and 
U.S.-China energy technology cooperation in civil nuclear energy.
    The August 13 hearing will address ``China's Energy Policies and 
Their Environmental Impacts'' and will be Co-chaired by Commissioners 
William A. Reinsch and Daniel M. Slane.
    Information on hearings, as well as transcripts of past Commission 
hearings, can be obtained from the USCC Web Site http://www.uscc.gov.
    Copies of the hearing agenda will be made available on the 
Commission's Web Site http://www.uscc.gov as soon as available. Any 
interested party may file a written statement by August 13, 2008, by 
mailing to the contact below. On August 13, the hearing will be held in 
two sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. There will 
be a question and answer period between the Commissioners and the 
witnesses.

Date and Time: Wednesday, August 13, 2008, 9:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. 
Eastern Daylight Time. 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 on Capitol Hill in Room 562 Dirksen 
Senate Office Building located at First Street and Constitution Avenue, 
NE., Washington, DC 20510. Public seating is limited to about 50 people 
on a first come, first served basis. Advance reservations are not 
required.

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: Congress created the U.S.-China Economic and Security 
Review Commission in 2000 in the National Defense Authorization Act 
(Pub. L. 106-398), as amended by Division P of the Consolidated 
Appropriations Resolution, 2003 (Public Law 108-7), as amended by 
Public Law 109-108 (November 22, 2005).

    Dated: July 21, 2008.
Kathleen J. Michels,
Associate Director, U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.
[FR Doc. E8-17010 Filed 7-24-08; 8:45 am]
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