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Download as PDF 41180 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 156 / Friday, August 14, 2009 / Notices The transaction contained in the attached certification involves the sale of four C–130J aircraft, associated support equipment, initial logistics support and initial maintenance and operational training to the Government of Qatar. The United States Government is prepared to license the export of these items having taken into account political, military, economic, human rights and arms control considerations. More detailed information is contained in the formal certification which, though unclassified, contains business information submitted to the Department of State by the applicant, publication of which could cause competitive harm to the United States firm concerned. Sincerely, Richard R. Verma, Assistant Secretary, Legislative Affairs. Enclosure: Transmittal No. DDTC 004–09. Dated: July 1, 2009. Robert S. Kovac, Managing Director, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, Department of State. [FR Doc. E9–19541 Filed 8–13–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–25–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Agency Information Collection Activity Seeking OMB Approval AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice. mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: The FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) revision of a current information collection. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on June 5, 2009, 74 FR 27058–27059. Wildlife strike data are collected to develop standards and monitor hazards to aviation. Data identify wildlife strike control requirements and provide inservice data on aircraft component failure. DATES: Please submit comments by September 14, 2009. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on the proposed information collection to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget. Comments should be addressed to the attention of the Desk Officer, Department of Transportation/FAA, and sent via electronic mail to oira_submission@omb.eop.gov, or faxed to (202) 395–6974, or mailed to the Office of Information and Regulatory VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:27 Aug 13, 2009 Jkt 217001 Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Docket Library, Room 10102, 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carla Mauney at Carla.Mauneyfaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Title: Bird/Other Wildlife Strike Report. Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection. OMB Control Number: 2120–0045. Forms(s): Form 5200–7. Affected Public: An estimated 7,666 Respondents. Frequency: This information is collected on occasion. Estimated Average Burden per Response: Approximately 5 minutes per response. Estimated Annual Burden Hours: An estimated 613 hours annually. Abstract: Wildlife strike data are collected to develop standards and monitor hazards to aviation. Data identify wildlife strike control requirements and provide in-service data on aircraft component failure. The FAA form 5200–7, Bird/Other Wildlife Strike Report, is most often completed by the pilot in charge of an aircraft involved in a wildlife collision or by Air Traffic Control Tower personnel, or other airline or airport personnel who have knowledge of the incident. Comments are invited on: Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Department, including whether the information will have practical utility; the accuracy of the Department’s estimates of the burden of the proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Issued in Washington, DC, on August 7, 2009. Carla Mauney, FAA Information Collection Clearance Officer, IT Enterprises Business Services Division, AES–200. [FR Doc. E9–19424 Filed 8–13–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–M PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board Indexing the Annual Operating Revenues of Railroads The Surface Transportation Board (STB) is publishing the annual inflationadjusted index factors for 2008. These factors are used by the railroads to adjust their gross annual operating revenues for classification purposes. This indexing methodology insures that railroads are classified based on real business expansion and not from the affects of inflation. Classification is important because it determines the extent to which individual railroads must comply with STB reporting requirements. The STB’s annual inflation-adjusted factors are based on the annual average Railroad’s Freight Price Index which is developed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The STB’s deflator factor is used to deflate revenues for comparison with established revenue thresholds. The base year for railroads is 1991. The inflation index factors are presented as follows: STB RAILROAD INFLATION-ADJUSTED INDEX AND DEFLATOR FACTOR TABLE Year 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 .......................... .......................... .......................... .......................... .......................... .......................... .......................... .......................... .......................... .......................... .......................... .......................... .......................... .......................... .......................... .......................... .......................... .......................... Index 409.50 411.80 415.50 418.80 418.17 417.46 419.67 424.54 423.01 428.64 436.48 445.03 454.33 473.41 522.41 567.34 588.27 656.78 Deflator 1 100.00 99.45 98.55 97.70 97.85 98.02 97.50 96.38 96.72 95.45 93.73 91.92 90.03 86.40 78.29 72.09 69.52 62.28 1 Ex Parte No. 492, Montana Rail Link, Inc., and Wisconsin Central Ltd., Joint Petition For Rulemaking With Respect To 49 CFR 1201, 8 I.C.C. 2d 625 (1992), raised the revenue classification level for Class I railroads from $50 million (1978 dollars) to $250 million (1991 dollars), effective for the reporting year beginning January 1, 1992. The Class II threshold was also raised from $10 million (1978 dollars) to $20 million (1991 dollars). Effective Date: January 1, 2008. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott Decker 202–245–0330. 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E9–19452 Filed 8–13–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [STB Finance Docket No. 35284] S&S Shortline Leasing, LLC— Operation Exemption—City of Ely, NV and White Pine Historical Railroad Foundation mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES S&S Shortline Leasing, LLC (S&S), a noncarrier, has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1150.31 to operate approximately 127.9 miles of rail line owned by the City of Ely (City) and the White Pine Historical Railroad Foundation, (Foundation), between milepost 0.0 at or near Cobre, and milepost 127.9 at or near McGill Junction, in White Pine and Elko Counties, NV.1 S&S states that the line connects at two points with Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) (milepost 0.0 at Cobre (former Southern Pacific) and milepost 18.79 at Shafter (former Western Pacific).2 The transaction is expected to be consummated on or after August 30, 2009. S&S certifies that its projected annual revenues as a result of the transaction will not result in S&S becoming a Class II or Class I rail carrier and further certifies that its projected annual revenue 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 1 This segment of railroad is the remaining part of a main line consisting of approximately 156.7 miles, also owned by the City and the Foundation. Great Basin and Northern Railroad was authorized to operate over approximately 28.8 miles of the main line in Great Basin and Northern Railroad— Change in Operators Exemption—The City of Ely and the White Pine Historical Railroad Foundation, STB Finance Docket No. 34506 (STB served June 7, 2004). S&S seeks to operate over the remainder. 2 S&S states that interchange with UP will initially take place at Shafter because the trackage used for interchange at that location is in better condition than the trackage at Cobre. VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:27 Aug 13, 2009 Jkt 217001 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 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 21, 2009 (at least 7 days before the exemption becomes effective). An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to STB Finance Docket No. 35284, 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 Thomas F. McFarland, 208 South LaSalle St., Suite 1890, Chicago, IL 60604. Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at ‘‘http:// www.stb.dot.gov.’’ Decided: August 10, 2009. By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings. Jeffrey Herzig, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. E9–19433 Filed 8–13–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket No. FRA–2000–7257; Notice No. 56] Railroad Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC); Working Group Activity Update AGENCY: Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Announcement of Railroad Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC) Working Group Activities. SUMMARY: The FRA is updating its announcement of RSAC’s Working Group activities to reflect its current status. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Larry Woolverton, RSAC Designated Federal Officer/Administrative Officer, FRA, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Mailstop 25, Washington, DC 20590, (202) 493–6212; or Grady Cothen, Deputy Associate Administrator for Safety, FRA, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Mailstop 25, Washington, DC 20590, (202) 493–6302. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice serves to update FRA’s last announcement of working group activities and status reports of June 19, PO 00000 Frm 00074 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 41181 2009 (74 FR 29268, 11401). The 39th full RSAC Committee meeting was held June 25, 2009, and the 40th meeting is scheduled for September 10, 2009, at the Washington Marriott Hotel, 1221 22nd Street, NW., Washington, DC. Since its first meeting in April of 1996, the RSAC has accepted 32 tasks. The status for each of the open tasks (neither completed nor terminated) is provided below: Open Tasks Task 96–4—Tourist and Historic Railroads. Reviewing the appropriateness of the agency’s current policy regarding the applicability of existing and proposed regulations to tourist, excursion, scenic, and historic railroads. This task was accepted on April 2, 1996, and a Working Group was established. The Working Group monitored the steam locomotive regulation task. Planned future activities involve the review of other regulations for possible adaptation to the safety needs of tourist and historic railroads. Contact: Grady Cothen, (202) 493–6302. Task 03–0l—Passenger Safety. This task includes updating and enhancing the regulations pertaining to passenger safety, based on research and experience. This task was accepted on May 20, 2003, and a Working Group was established. Prior to embarking on substantive discussions of a specific task, the Working Group set forth in writing a specific description of the task. The Working Group reports planned activities to the full Committee at each scheduled full RSAC meeting, including milestones for completion of projects and progress toward completion. At the first meeting, held September 9–10, 2003, a consolidated list of issues was completed. At the second meeting, held November 6–7, 2003, four task groups were established: Emergency Preparedness; Mechanical; Crashworthiness; and Track I Vehicle Interaction. The task forces met and reported on activities for Working Group consideration at the third meeting held May 11–12, 2004, and a fourth meeting was held October 26–27, 2004. The Working Group met on March 21–22, 2006, and again on September 12–13, 2006, at which time the group agreed to establish a task force on General Passenger Safety. The full Passenger Safety Working Group met on April 17–18, 2007; December 11–12, 2007; November 13, 2008; and June 8, 2009. On August 5, 2009, the Working Group was requested to establish an Engineering Task Force, which would be expected to meet initially on September 23–24, 2009, to consider technical criteria and procedures for E:\FR\FM\14AUN1.SGM 14AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Surface Transportation Board


Indexing the Annual Operating Revenues of Railroads

    The Surface Transportation Board (STB) is publishing the annual 
inflation-adjusted index factors for 2008. These factors are used by 
the railroads to adjust their gross annual operating revenues for 
classification purposes. This indexing methodology insures that 
railroads are classified based on real business expansion and not from 
the affects of inflation. Classification is important because it 
determines the extent to which individual railroads must comply with 
STB reporting requirements.
    The STB's annual inflation-adjusted factors are based on the annual 
average Railroad's Freight Price Index which is developed by the Bureau 
of Labor Statistics (BLS). The STB's deflator factor is used to deflate 
revenues for comparison with established revenue thresholds.
    The base year for railroads is 1991. The inflation index factors 
are presented as follows:

     STB Railroad Inflation-Adjusted Index and Deflator Factor Table
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                       Year                           Index     Deflator
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1991..............................................     409.50        \1\
                                                                  100.00
1992..............................................     411.80      99.45
1993..............................................     415.50      98.55
1994..............................................     418.80      97.70
1995..............................................     418.17      97.85
1996..............................................     417.46      98.02
1997..............................................     419.67      97.50
1998..............................................     424.54      96.38
1999..............................................     423.01      96.72
2000..............................................     428.64      95.45
2001..............................................     436.48      93.73
2002..............................................     445.03      91.92
2003..............................................     454.33      90.03
2004..............................................     473.41      86.40
2005..............................................     522.41      78.29
2006..............................................     567.34      72.09
2007..............................................     588.27      69.52
2008..............................................     656.78      62.28
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\1\ Ex Parte No. 492, Montana Rail Link, Inc., and Wisconsin Central
  Ltd., Joint Petition For Rulemaking With Respect To 49 CFR 1201, 8
  I.C.C. 2d 625 (1992), raised the revenue classification level for
  Class I railroads from $50 million (1978 dollars) to $250 million
  (1991 dollars), effective for the reporting year beginning January 1,
  1992. The Class II threshold was also raised from $10 million (1978
  dollars) to $20 million (1991 dollars).


DATES: Effective Date: January 1, 2008.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott Decker 202-245-0330. [Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) for the hearing impaired: 1-800-877-
8339.]


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    By the Board, Leland L. Gardner, Director, Office of Economics, 
Environmental Analysis, and Administration.
Kulunie L. Cannon,
Clearance Clerk.
[FR Doc. E9-19452 Filed 8-13-09; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4915-01-P