Sterlite (USA), Inc.-Acquisition and Operation Exemption-Copper Basin Railway, Inc., 44436 [E9-20659]

Download as PDF 44436 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 166 / Friday, August 28, 2009 / Notices September 17, 2009. 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 No. AB–6 (Sub-No. 468X), and must be sent to: (1) Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20423– 0001; and (2) Kristy Clark, BNSF Railway Company, 2500 Lou Menk Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76131. Replies to the petition are due on or before September 17, 2009. Persons seeking further information concerning abandonment procedures may contact the Board’s Office of Public Assistance, Governmental Affairs, and Compliance at (202) 245–0238 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). EAs in these abandonment proceedings normally will be made available within 60 days of the filing of the petition. The deadline for submission of comments on the EA will generally be within 30 days of its service. Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at ‘‘http:// www.stb.dot.gov.’’ acquire and operate all of Copper Basin Railway, Inc.’s (CBRY) rail assets, including its main line between Magma (milepost 949.5) 2 and Winkelman (milepost 1003.5), and all spurs from that main line, including the spur between Ray Junction (milepost 0) and Ray Mine (milepost 4), and the spur between Hayden Junction (milepost 0) and Hayden Smelter (milepost 2),3 in Pinal and Gila Counties, AZ, for a total of 54 route miles (not including industrial track or the Ray Mine and Hayden Smelter spurs).4 Sterlite certifies that, based on representations made to it by CBRY regarding CBRY’s annual revenues, Sterlite’s projected annual revenues would be those of a Class III rail carrier. Because Sterlite’s projected annual revenues will exceed $5 million, Sterlite is required, at least 60 days before an exemption is to become effective, to send notice of the transaction to the national offices of the labor unions with employees on the affected lines, to post a copy of the notice at the workplace of the employees on the affected lines, and to certify to the Board that it has done so. 49 CFR 1150.32(e). Sterlite has certified to the Board that on August 14, 2009, it posted a notice at the workplace of the employees on the affected lines, containing the information required in 49 CFR 1150.32(e). However, Sterlite has noted that none of the employees on the affected lines are represented by a labor union and, therefore, no notice has been provided to the national office of any labor union. Accordingly, Sterlite simultaneously has filed a petition for waiver from the requirements of 49 CFR 1150.32(e) regarding notice to labor of the proposed transaction to permit the Decided: August 24, 2009. By the Board, Joseph H. Dettmar, Acting Director, Office of Proceedings. Kulunie L. Cannon, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. E9–20752 Filed 8–27–09; 8:45 am] stating that the proposed acquisition and operation would not involve any provision or agreement of the kind described in 49 CFR 1150.33(h). 2 According to Sterlite, CBRY uses the milepost designations on the line that were assigned by CBRY’s former owner, Southern Pacific Transportation Company. 3 Sterlite states that it does not represent that these two spurs constitute ‘‘railroad lines’’ whose acquisition is subject to the Board’s jurisdiction under 49 U.S.C. 10901. To the extent, however, that there is any question regarding the status of these tracks, Sterlite requests that they be covered by this verified notice of exemption. 4 Sterlite states that, on or about March 6, 2009, a Settlement and Purchase and Sale Agreement (PSA) among ASARCO LLC, AR Silver Bell, Inc., CBRY, ASARCO Santa Cruz, Inc., Sterlite, and Sterlite Industries (India), Ltd., was executed, providing for the acquisition by Sterlite of the rail assets of CBRY. According to Sterling, closing under the PSA cannot take place unless and until the Debtors’ Sixth Amended Joint Plan of Reorganization under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code, as Modified, is approved by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas and by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas in the proceedings in In re ASARCO LLC (Case No. 05–21207). BILLING CODE 4915–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board hsrobinson on DSK69SOYB1PROD with NOTICES [STB Finance Docket No. 35291] Sterlite (USA), Inc.—Acquisition and Operation Exemption—Copper Basin Railway, Inc. Sterlite (USA), Inc. (Sterlite), a noncarrier, has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1150.31 1 to 1 On August 19, 2009, Sterlite filed an amendment to its verified notice of exemption VerDate Nov<24>2008 21:38 Aug 27, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00092 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 exemption to become effective 30 days after the notice of exemption was filed, rather than the requisite 60 days. Sterlite’s waiver request will be addressed by the Board in a subsequent decision. Sterlite states that, if the waiver request is not granted, it intends to consummate the transaction on or after October 13, 2009 (60 days from the date the notice was posted at the worksite of affected CBRY employees), and, if the waiver petition is granted in a decision served later than September 13, 2009, then Sterlite intends to consummate the transaction on or after such time established by the Board. Pursuant to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008, Public Law 110–161, section 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 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 7 days before the exemption becomes effective.5 An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to STB Finance Docket No. 35291, 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 Paul A. Cunningham, Esquire, Harkins Cunningham LLP, 1700 K Street, NW., Suite 400, Washington, DC 20006–3804. Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at http:// www.stb.dot.gov. Decided: August 21, 2009. By the Board, Joseph H. Dettmar, Acting Director, Office of Proceedings. Jeffrey Herzig, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. E9–20659 Filed 8–27–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P 5 In the absence of a waiver granted by the Board, the earliest the exemption could become effective would be October 13, 2009 (60 days after Sterlite has certified that it has satisfied the requirements of 49 CFR 1150.32(e)). E:\FR\FM\28AUN1.SGM 28AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 166 (Friday, August 28, 2009)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Surface Transportation Board

[STB Finance Docket No. 35291]


Sterlite (USA), Inc.--Acquisition and Operation Exemption--Copper 
Basin Railway, Inc.

    Sterlite (USA), Inc. (Sterlite), a noncarrier, has filed a verified 
notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1150.31 \1\ to acquire and operate all 
of Copper Basin Railway, Inc.'s (CBRY) rail assets, including its main 
line between Magma (milepost 949.5) \2\ and Winkelman (milepost 
1003.5), and all spurs from that main line, including the spur between 
Ray Junction (milepost 0) and Ray Mine (milepost 4), and the spur 
between Hayden Junction (milepost 0) and Hayden Smelter (milepost 
2),\3\ in Pinal and Gila Counties, AZ, for a total of 54 route miles 
(not including industrial track or the Ray Mine and Hayden Smelter 
spurs).\4\
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    \1\ On August 19, 2009, Sterlite filed an amendment to its 
verified notice of exemption stating that the proposed acquisition 
and operation would not involve any provision or agreement of the 
kind described in 49 CFR 1150.33(h).
    \2\ According to Sterlite, CBRY uses the milepost designations 
on the line that were assigned by CBRY's former owner, Southern 
Pacific Transportation Company.
    \3\ Sterlite states that it does not represent that these two 
spurs constitute ``railroad lines'' whose acquisition is subject to 
the Board's jurisdiction under 49 U.S.C. 10901. To the extent, 
however, that there is any question regarding the status of these 
tracks, Sterlite requests that they be covered by this verified 
notice of exemption.
    \4\ Sterlite states that, on or about March 6, 2009, a 
Settlement and Purchase and Sale Agreement (PSA) among ASARCO LLC, 
AR Silver Bell, Inc., CBRY, ASARCO Santa Cruz, Inc., Sterlite, and 
Sterlite Industries (India), Ltd., was executed, providing for the 
acquisition by Sterlite of the rail assets of CBRY. According to 
Sterling, closing under the PSA cannot take place unless and until 
the Debtors' Sixth Amended Joint Plan of Reorganization under 
Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code, as Modified, is approved by the 
United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas 
and by the United States District Court for the Southern District of 
Texas in the proceedings in In re ASARCO LLC (Case No. 05-21207).
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    Sterlite certifies that, based on representations made to it by 
CBRY regarding CBRY's annual revenues, Sterlite's projected annual 
revenues would be those of a Class III rail carrier.
    Because Sterlite's projected annual revenues will exceed $5 
million, Sterlite is required, at least 60 days before an exemption is 
to become effective, to send notice of the transaction to the national 
offices of the labor unions with employees on the affected lines, to 
post a copy of the notice at the workplace of the employees on the 
affected lines, and to certify to the Board that it has done so. 49 CFR 
1150.32(e). Sterlite has certified to the Board that on August 14, 
2009, it posted a notice at the workplace of the employees on the 
affected lines, containing the information required in 49 CFR 
1150.32(e). However, Sterlite has noted that none of the employees on 
the affected lines are represented by a labor union and, therefore, no 
notice has been provided to the national office of any labor union. 
Accordingly, Sterlite simultaneously has filed a petition for waiver 
from the requirements of 49 CFR 1150.32(e) regarding notice to labor of 
the proposed transaction to permit the exemption to become effective 30 
days after the notice of exemption was filed, rather than the requisite 
60 days. Sterlite's waiver request will be addressed by the Board in a 
subsequent decision.
    Sterlite states that, if the waiver request is not granted, it 
intends to consummate the transaction on or after October 13, 2009 (60 
days from the date the notice was posted at the worksite of affected 
CBRY employees), and, if the waiver petition is granted in a decision 
served later than September 13, 2009, then Sterlite intends to 
consummate the transaction on or after such time established by the 
Board.
    Pursuant to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008, Public Law 
110-161, section 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 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 7 days before 
the exemption becomes effective.\5\
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    \5\ In the absence of a waiver granted by the Board, the 
earliest the exemption could become effective would be October 13, 
2009 (60 days after Sterlite has certified that it has satisfied the 
requirements of 49 CFR 1150.32(e)).
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    An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to STB 
Finance Docket No. 35291, 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 Paul A. Cunningham, Esquire, 
Harkins Cunningham LLP, 1700 K Street, NW., Suite 400, Washington, DC 
20006-3804.
    Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at http://www.stb.dot.gov.


    Decided: August 21, 2009.

    By the Board, Joseph H. Dettmar, Acting Director, Office of 
Proceedings.
Jeffrey Herzig,
Clearance Clerk.
[FR Doc. E9-20659 Filed 8-27-09; 8:45 am]
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