Petition for Waiver of Compliance, 4075-4076 [E9-1204]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 13 / Thursday, January 22, 2009 / Notices rmajette on PRODPC74 with NOTICES Interested parties are invited to participate in these proceedings by submitting written views, data, or comments. FRA does not anticipate scheduling a public hearing in connection with these proceedings since the facts do not appear to warrant a hearing. If any interested party desires an opportunity for oral comment, they should notify FRA, in writing, before the end of the comment period and specify the basis for their request. All communications concerning these proceedings should identify the appropriate docket number (e.g., Waiver Petition Docket Number 2008–0143) and may be submitted by any of the following methods: • Web site: https:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 202–493–2251. • Mail: Docket Operations Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., W12–140, Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. Communications received within 45 days of the date of this notice will be considered by FRA before final action is taken. Comments received after that date will be considered as far as practicable. All written communications concerning these proceedings are available for examination during regular business hours (9 a.m.–5 p.m.) at the above facility. All documents in the public docket are also available for inspection and copying on the Internet at the docket facility’s Web site at https://www.regulations.gov. Anyone is able to search the electronic form of any written communications and comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 70; Pages 19477–78). Issued in Washington, DC on January 14, 2009. Grady C. Cothen, Jr., Deputy Associate Administrator for Safety Standards and Program Development. [FR Doc. E9–1223 Filed 1–21–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P VerDate Nov<24>2008 14:47 Jan 21, 2009 Jkt 217001 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration Petition for Waiver of Compliance In accordance with Part 211 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), notice is hereby given that the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has received a request for a waiver of compliance from certain requirements of its safety standards. The individual petition is described below, including the party seeking relief, the regulatory provisions involved, the nature of the relief being requested, and the petitioner’s arguments in favor of relief. R. J. Corman Railroad [Docket Number FRA–2008–0099] R.J. Corman (RJC), a Class III Railroad, petitioned for waiver of compliance from certain provisions of the steam locomotive safety standards as prescribed by 49 CFR 230.105(a) Lateral motion, for one steam locomotive used in tourist/excursion service. Specifically, this waiver request applies to locomotive number RJC 2008, with boiler number 7040. The Class QJ, 2– 10–2 locomotives were built by the Datong Locomotive Works, China. The Datong Works constructed 4,714 locomotives of this type between 1967 and 1988. The maximum operating speed for this type of locomotive is 50 mph. Locomotive number RJC 2008 received a standard 250,000 km overhaul, a Class 3 repair in China prior to being shipped to the United States. The manufacturer’s specifications for the QJ Class locomotive require a total lateral clearance of 20 mm (0.787 inch) on the number 1 and 5 driving axle, with a 4 mm (0.157 inch) clearance for the three center axles (no. 2–4). All tire back-to-back spacing is at 1,252 mm (53.267 inches). The purpose for this specification is to allow a locomotive with a long rigid wheelbase to negotiate a curve up to 15.2 degrees. The lateral wear limit for all driving axles is 10 mm (0.393 inch) over the original dimensions. In summary, by design and as built, model QJ locomotive exceeds the U.S. limit of 0.75 inch for allowable lateral clearance for driving axles number 1 and 5 as specified by 49 CFR 230.105(a). RJC requests relief from the requirements of 49 CFR 230.105(a) for driving axles numbers 1 and 5 to allow for a maximum lateral clearance of up to 30 mm (1.181 inches). This is consistent with the manufacturer’s design specification, and the operating experience of the China National PO 00000 Frm 00095 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4075 Railway. In addition, the locomotive will be maintained in accordance with the requirements of 49 CFR 230.105(c) to ensure that no part of the running gear interfere with any other part of the steam locomotive. Interested parties are invited to participate in these proceedings by submitting written views, data, or comments. FRA does not anticipate scheduling a public hearing in connection with these proceedings since the facts do not appear to warrant a hearing. If any interested party desires an opportunity for oral comment, they should notify FRA, in writing, before the end of the comment period and specify the basis for their request. All communications concerning these proceedings should identify the appropriate docket number (e.g., Waiver Petition Docket Number FRA–2008– 0099) and may be submitted by any of the following methods: • Web site: https:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 202–493–2251. • Mail: Docket Operations Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., W12–140, Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Communications received within 45 days of the date of this notice will be considered by FRA before final action is taken. Comments received after that date will be considered as far as practicable. All written communications concerning these proceedings are available for examination during regular business hours (9 a.m.–5 p.m.) at the above facility. All documents in the public docket are also available for inspection and copying on the Internet at the docket facility’s Web site at https://www.regulations.gov. Anyone is able to search the electronic form of any written communications and comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 70; Pages 19477–78). E:\FR\FM\22JAN1.SGM 22JAN1 4076 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 13 / Thursday, January 22, 2009 / Notices Issued in Washington, DC, on January 14, 2009. Grady C. Cothen, Jr., Deputy Associate Administrator for Safety Standards and Program Development. [FR Doc. E9–1204 Filed 1–21–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration Petition for Waiver of Compliance In accordance with Part 211 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), notice is hereby given that the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) received a request for a waiver of compliance from certain requirements of its safety standards. The individual petition is described below, including the party seeking relief, the regulatory provisions involved, the nature of the relief being requested, and the petitioner’s arguments in favor of relief. Union Pacific Railroad Company rmajette on PRODPC74 with NOTICES [Docket Number FRA–2008–0165] The Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) seeks a waiver of compliance from certain provisions of of 49 CFR Part 232, Brake System Safety Standards for Freight and Other Non-Passenger Trains and Equipment. Specifically, UP is requesting a waiver of 49 CFR 232.213, Extended Haul Trains, to the extent necessary to allow UP to operate certain trains up to 1,800 miles between Class I brake inspections. The current regulation restricts extended haul train movements to 1,500 miles. UP states that if this request is granted, they would utilize it to operate approximately 50 such trains each day. Most of these trains are coal and intermodal trains, along with some automotive trains. UP commits to complying with all other provisions of § 232.213 using qualified UP mechanical inspectors. UP also states that if this waiver is approved, no UP employee in active service at points where train inspections will no longer be performed, due to this waiver, will be furloughed as a result of the waiver. UP claims that they have provided this commitment in writing to the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen. However, UP retains the right to relocate such employees if necessary. UP believes this request is justified because they experience low defect rates on extended haul trains that are currently operating in coal, intermodal, and automotive service. Of the 15,911 inspections performed on extended haul trains during a three year period, only VerDate Nov<24>2008 14:47 Jan 21, 2009 Jkt 217001 0.49 percent of the inspections revealed FRA defects. UP’s expanded use of wayside detection technologies has allowed UP to further improve safety by enabling it to identify defects not readily identified by train inspections. Of further note, UP points out that Canadian rail operators have been permitted to operate certain trains from origin to destination within Canada, without undergoing intermediate brake test and train inspections. While this allows Canadian operators to operate some trains distances of more than 2,000 miles without undergoing intermediate inspections, the change has not resulted in adverse safety effects. UP claims that granting this request will give UP the flexibility it needs to concentrate its train inspections at terminals with greatest resources, which are best equipped to perform inspections in a safe expeditious manner. It would also lead to improved operating efficiencies and increased train velocities. The resulting decrease in en route delays would have the added benefit of allowing train crews to complete their journeys in shorter amounts of time and reduce fuel consumption. UP estimates that if this waiver is granted, they will save approximately 350,000 gallons of fuel annually through the elimination of certain inspections at Elko, NV, Pocatello, ID, and Salt Lake City, UT. Interested parties are invited to participate in these proceedings by submitting written views, data, or comments. FRA does not anticipate scheduling a public hearing in connection with these proceedings since the facts do not appear to warrant a hearing. If any interested party desires an opportunity for oral comment, they should notify FRA, in writing, before the end of the comment period and specify the basis for their request. All communications concerning these proceedings should identify the appropriate docket number (e.g., Waiver Petition Docket Number FRA–2008– 0165) and may be submitted by any of the following methods: • Web site: https:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 202–493–2251. • Mail: Docket Operations Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., W12–140, Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. PO 00000 Frm 00096 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Communications received within 45 days of the date of this notice will be considered by FRA before final action is taken. Comments received after that date will be considered as far as practicable. All written communications concerning these proceedings are available for examination during regular business hours (9 a.m.—5 p.m.) at the above facility. All documents in the public docket are also available for inspection and copying on the Internet at the docket facility’s Web site at https://www.regulations.gov. Anyone is able to search the electronic form of any written communications and comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 70; Pages 19477–78). Issued in Washington, DC on January 14, 2009. Grady C. Cothen, Jr., Deputy Associate Administrator for Safety Standards and Program Development. [FR Doc. E9–1218 Filed 1–21–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Delays in Processing of Special Permits Applications AGENCY: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), DOT. ACTION: List of applications delayed more than 180 days. SUMMARY: In accordance with the requirements of 49 U.S.C. 5117(c), PHMSA is publishing the following list of special permit applications that have been in process for 180 days or more. The reason(s) for delay and the expected completion date for action on each application is provided in association with each identified application. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Delmer F. Billings, Director, Office of Hazardous Materials Special Permits and Approvals, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, East Building, PHH–30, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590– 0001, (202) 366–4535. E:\FR\FM\22JAN1.SGM 22JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 13 (Thursday, January 22, 2009)]
[Notices]
[Pages 4075-4076]
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[FR Doc No: E9-1204]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Railroad Administration


Petition for Waiver of Compliance

    In accordance with Part 211 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations 
(CFR), notice is hereby given that the Federal Railroad Administration 
(FRA) has received a request for a waiver of compliance from certain 
requirements of its safety standards. The individual petition is 
described below, including the party seeking relief, the regulatory 
provisions involved, the nature of the relief being requested, and the 
petitioner's arguments in favor of relief.

R. J. Corman Railroad

[Docket Number FRA-2008-0099]

    R.J. Corman (RJC), a Class III Railroad, petitioned for waiver of 
compliance from certain provisions of the steam locomotive safety 
standards as prescribed by 49 CFR 230.105(a) Lateral motion, for one 
steam locomotive used in tourist/excursion service. Specifically, this 
waiver request applies to locomotive number RJC 2008, with boiler 
number 7040. The Class QJ, 2-10-2 locomotives were built by the Datong 
Locomotive Works, China. The Datong Works constructed 4,714 locomotives 
of this type between 1967 and 1988. The maximum operating speed for 
this type of locomotive is 50 mph.
    Locomotive number RJC 2008 received a standard 250,000 km overhaul, 
a Class 3 repair in China prior to being shipped to the United States. 
The manufacturer's specifications for the QJ Class locomotive require a 
total lateral clearance of 20 mm (0.787 inch) on the number 1 and 5 
driving axle, with a 4 mm (0.157 inch) clearance for the three center 
axles (no. 2-4). All tire back-to-back spacing is at 1,252 mm (53.267 
inches). The purpose for this specification is to allow a locomotive 
with a long rigid wheelbase to negotiate a curve up to 15.2 degrees. 
The lateral wear limit for all driving axles is 10 mm (0.393 inch) over 
the original dimensions. In summary, by design and as built, model QJ 
locomotive exceeds the U.S. limit of 0.75 inch for allowable lateral 
clearance for driving axles number 1 and 5 as specified by 49 CFR 
230.105(a).
    RJC requests relief from the requirements of 49 CFR 230.105(a) for 
driving axles numbers 1 and 5 to allow for a maximum lateral clearance 
of up to 30 mm (1.181 inches). This is consistent with the 
manufacturer's design specification, and the operating experience of 
the China National Railway. In addition, the locomotive will be 
maintained in accordance with the requirements of 49 CFR 230.105(c) to 
ensure that no part of the running gear interfere with any other part 
of the steam locomotive.
    Interested parties are invited to participate in these proceedings 
by submitting written views, data, or comments. FRA does not anticipate 
scheduling a public hearing in connection with these proceedings since 
the facts do not appear to warrant a hearing. If any interested party 
desires an opportunity for oral comment, they should notify FRA, in 
writing, before the end of the comment period and specify the basis for 
their request.
    All communications concerning these proceedings should identify the 
appropriate docket number (e.g., Waiver Petition Docket Number FRA-
2008-0099) and may be submitted by any of the following methods:
     Web site: https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online 
instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: 202-493-2251.
     Mail: Docket Operations Facility, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., W12-140, Washington, DC 
20590.
     Hand Delivery: 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Room W12-140, 
Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 
except Federal holidays.
    Communications received within 45 days of the date of this notice 
will be considered by FRA before final action is taken. Comments 
received after that date will be considered as far as practicable. All 
written communications concerning these proceedings are available for 
examination during regular business hours (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) at the above 
facility. All documents in the public docket are also available for 
inspection and copying on the Internet at the docket facility's Web 
site at https://www.regulations.gov.
    Anyone is able to search the electronic form of any written 
communications and comments received into any of our dockets by the 
name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, 
if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). 
You may review DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal 
Register published on April 11, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 70; Pages 
19477-78).


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    Issued in Washington, DC, on January 14, 2009.
Grady C. Cothen, Jr.,
Deputy Associate Administrator for Safety Standards and Program 
Development.
[FR Doc. E9-1204 Filed 1-21-09; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4910-06-P