PPL Susquehanna, LLC and Allegheny Electric Cooperative, Inc.-Acquisition Exemption-Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, 76490 [2011-31413]

Download as PDF 76490 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 235 / Wednesday, December 7, 2011 / Notices application of the parking brake while on a rumble strip or split-coefficient of friction surface results in a high rate of vehicle yaw (angle change rotating around the vertical axis) that is uncontrollable because the locking of the rear wheel decreases its ability to resist lateral forces. Based upon the inspections and tests of a 2005 Honda Accord hybrid vehicle and the allegations by the petitioner of a brake failure, the following conclusions were noted by VRTC. (1) The Honda Accord hybrid brake system and ABS was found to be a robust system that could easily handle momentary perturbations, continuous rumble strips, braking then entering a rumble strip, and asphalt/epoxy split-co situations. (2) Since a locked rear wheel cannot resist lateral forces, the application of the parking brake while on a rumble strip or split-co surface resulted in a high rate of vehicle yaw that was uncontrollable. 7.0 Conclusion In our view, additional investigation is unlikely to result in a finding that a defect related to motor vehicle safety exists. Therefore, in view of the need to allocate and prioritize NHTSA’s limited resources to best accomplish the agency’s safety mission, the petition is denied. This action does not constitute a finding by NHTSA that a safety-related defect does not exist. The agency will take further action if warranted by future circumstances. Authority: 49 U.S.C. 30162(d); delegations of authority at CFR 1.50 and 501.8. Issued on: November 22, 2011. Nancy Lummen Lewis, Associate Administrator Enforcement. [FR Doc. 2011–31343 Filed 12–6–11; 8:45 am] srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 4910–59–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:00 Dec 06, 2011 Jkt 226001 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [Docket No. FD 35576] PPL Susquehanna, LLC and Allegheny Electric Cooperative, Inc.—Acquisition Exemption—Pennsylvania Department of Transportation PPL Susquehanna, LLC, and Allegheny Electric Cooperative, Inc. (collectively PPLS), both noncarriers, have filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1150.31. The notice invokes a class exemption from 49 U.S.C. 10901, which requires that authority be obtained from the Board before the acquisition of an active rail line. PPLS seeks the exemption for its purchase, from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), of an approximately 7-mile line of railroad (the Line), a portion of the former Bloomsburg Branch. The Line extends between the PPLS nuclear powered electric generating plant at milepost 170.00 and a point of connection with North Shore Railroad Company (NSRR) at milepost 176.97 at Berwick in Luzerne County, Pa. PPLS acquired the Line from PennDOT on July 12, 2005, and belatedly seeks approval for the purchase. PPLS’s acquisition of the Line came to light in North Shore R.R.— Acquis. & Operation Exemption—PPL Susquehanna, LLC (North Shore), FD 35377, where NSRR, on May 17, 2010, filed a verified notice of exemption to acquire a rail operating easement over the Line. The Board held NSRR’s notice in abeyance and instead issued an order on April 26, 2011, directing PPLS to respond to questions about its acquisition of the Line from PennDOT. PPLS, in a response filed on May 26, 2011, stated that its failure to seek Board approval for its acquisition of the Line was an oversight and expressed the intent to take corrective action. It filed PO 00000 Frm 00132 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 the instant notice on November 21, 2011. PPLS states that it intends to grant an easement to NSRR, a Class III rail carrier, to provide common carrier service over the Line.1 That issue will be addressed in North Shore. PPLS certifies that the projected annual revenues as a result of the transaction will not exceed $5 million and will not result in the creation of a Class II or Class I rail carrier. The exemption will become effective on December 21, 2011 (30 days after the exemption was filed). 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 to stay must be filed no later than December 14, 2011 (at least 7 days before the exemption becomes effective). An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to Docket No. FD 35545, 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 John M. Cutler, Jr. and Andrew P. Goldstein, Suite 700, 1825 K Street NW., Washington, DC 20006. Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at http:// www.stb.dot.gov. Dated: December 2, 2011. By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings. Jeffrey Herzig, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2011–31413 Filed 12–6–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P 1 PPLS states that the easement it is granting to NSRR will become effective 31 days after the filing date of this notice of exemption or on the date NSRR is authorized to operate over the Line, whichever date is later. E:\FR\FM\07DEN1.SGM 07DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 235 (Wednesday, December 7, 2011)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Surface Transportation Board

[Docket No. FD 35576]


PPL Susquehanna, LLC and Allegheny Electric Cooperative, Inc.--
Acquisition Exemption--Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

    PPL Susquehanna, LLC, and Allegheny Electric Cooperative, Inc. 
(collectively PPLS), both noncarriers, have filed a verified notice of 
exemption under 49 CFR 1150.31. The notice invokes a class exemption 
from 49 U.S.C. 10901, which requires that authority be obtained from 
the Board before the acquisition of an active rail line. PPLS seeks the 
exemption for its purchase, from the Pennsylvania Department of 
Transportation (PennDOT), of an approximately 7-mile line of railroad 
(the Line), a portion of the former Bloomsburg Branch. The Line extends 
between the PPLS nuclear powered electric generating plant at milepost 
170.00 and a point of connection with North Shore Railroad Company 
(NSRR) at milepost 176.97 at Berwick in Luzerne County, Pa.
    PPLS acquired the Line from PennDOT on July 12, 2005, and belatedly 
seeks approval for the purchase. PPLS's acquisition of the Line came to 
light in North Shore R.R.--Acquis. & Operation Exemption--PPL 
Susquehanna, LLC (North Shore), FD 35377, where NSRR, on May 17, 2010, 
filed a verified notice of exemption to acquire a rail operating 
easement over the Line. The Board held NSRR's notice in abeyance and 
instead issued an order on April 26, 2011, directing PPLS to respond to 
questions about its acquisition of the Line from PennDOT. PPLS, in a 
response filed on May 26, 2011, stated that its failure to seek Board 
approval for its acquisition of the Line was an oversight and expressed 
the intent to take corrective action. It filed the instant notice on 
November 21, 2011.
    PPLS states that it intends to grant an easement to NSRR, a Class 
III rail carrier, to provide common carrier service over the Line.\1\ 
That issue will be addressed in North Shore.
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    \1\ PPLS states that the easement it is granting to NSRR will 
become effective 31 days after the filing date of this notice of 
exemption or on the date NSRR is authorized to operate over the 
Line, whichever date is later.
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    PPLS certifies that the projected annual revenues as a result of 
the transaction will not exceed $5 million and will not result in the 
creation of a Class II or Class I rail carrier.
    The exemption will become effective on December 21, 2011 (30 days 
after the exemption was filed).
    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 to stay must be filed no later than December 14, 
2011 (at least 7 days before the exemption becomes effective).
    An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to Docket No. 
FD 35545, 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 John M. Cutler, Jr. and Andrew P. Goldstein, 
Suite 700, 1825 K Street NW., Washington, DC 20006.
    Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at http://www.stb.dot.gov.

    Dated: December 2, 2011.
    By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of 
Proceedings.
Jeffrey Herzig,
Clearance Clerk.
[FR Doc. 2011-31413 Filed 12-6-11; 8:45 am]
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