Wisconsin & Southern Railroad, L.L.C.-Acquisition and Operation Exemption-City of Fitchburg and Village of Oregon, WI, 69188-69189 [2014-27511]

Download as PDF rmajette on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 69188 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 224 / Thursday, November 20, 2014 / Notices 44 U.S.C. 3501–3520), and its implementing regulations, 5 CFR part 1320, require Federal agencies to issue two notices seeking public comment on information collection activities before OMB may approve paperwork packages. 44 U.S.C. 3506, 3507; 5 CFR 1320.5, 1320.8(d)(1), 1320.12. On September 3, 2014, FRA published a 60-day notice in the Federal Register soliciting comment on ICR that the agency is seeking OMB approval. See 79 FR 52409. FRA received no comments in response to this notice. Before OMB decides whether to approve these proposed collections of information, it must provide 30 days for public comment. 44 U.S.C. 3507(b); 5 CFR 1320.12(d). Federal law requires OMB to approve or disapprove paperwork packages between 30 and 60 days after the 30 day notice is published. 44 U.S.C. 3507(b)–(c); 5 CFR 1320.12(d); see also 60 FR 44978, 44983, Aug. 29, 1995. OMB believes that the 30 day notice informs the regulated community to file relevant comments and affords the agency adequate time to digest public comments before it renders a decision. 60 FR 44983, Aug. 29, 1995. Therefore, respondents should submit their respective comments to OMB within 30 days of publication to best ensure having their full effect. 5 CFR 1320.12(c); see also 60 FR 44983, Aug. 29, 1995. The summary below describes the nature of the information collection request (ICR) and the expected burden. The revised request is being submitted for clearance by OMB as required by the PRA. Title: Roadway Worker Protection. OMB Control Number: 2130–0539. Abstract: This rule establishes regulations governing the protection of railroad employees working on or near railroad tracks. The regulation requires that each railroad devise and adopt a program of on-track safety to provide employees working along the railroad with protection from the hazards of being struck by a train or other on-track equipment. Elements of this on-track safety program include an on-track safety manual; a clear delineation of employers’ responsibilities, as well as employees’ rights and responsibilities thereto; well-defined procedures for communication and protection; and annual on-track safety training. The program adopted by each railroad is subject to review and approval by FRA. Part 214 regulations have been deemed different enough from the part 213 regulations as to require a separate and distinct reporting form (new Form FRA F 6180.119). Regardless of discipline, the FRA inspector will complete the VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:37 Nov 19, 2014 Jkt 235001 new Roadway Workplace Safety Violation Report Form (FRA F 6180.119) when recommending civil penalties for part 214 infractions. Type of Request: Extension without change of a currently approved information collection. Affected Public: Businesses (Railroads). Form(s): FRA F 6180.119. Annual Estimated Burden: 845,230 hours. Title: Conductor Certification. OMB Control Number: 2130–0596. Abstract: On November 9, 2011, FRA issued regulations for certification of conductors, as required by the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008. See 76 FR 69802. This rule requires railroads to have a formal program for certifying conductors. As part of that program, railroads are required to have a formal process for training prospective conductors and determining that all persons are competent before permitting them to serve as a conductor. FRA issued this regulation to ensure that only those persons who meet minimum Federal safety standards serve as conductors, to reduce the rate and number of accidents and incidents, and to improve railroad safety. Although this rule does not propose any specific amendments to the regulation governing locomotive engineer certification, it does highlight areas in that regulation that may require conforming changes. The information collected under this rule is used by FRA to ensure that railroads and their employees fully comply with all the requirements of part 242, including a conductor certification/ recertification program, fitness requirements, initial and periodic testing of conductors, territorial qualifications, etc. Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved information collection. Affected Public: Businesses (Railroads). Form(s): N/A. Annual Estimated Burden: 922,317 hours. Addressee: Send comments regarding this information collections to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725 Seventeenth Street NW., Washington, DC, 20503, Attention: FRA Desk Officer. Comments may also be sent via email to OMB at the following address: oira_ submissions@omb.eop.gov. Comments are invited on the following: Whether the proposed collections of information are necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Department, including whether the information will have PO 00000 Frm 00093 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 practical utility; the accuracy of the Department’s estimates of the burden of the proposed information collections; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the collections of information on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. A comment to OMB is best assured of having its full effect if OMB receives it within 30 days of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3501–3520. Rebecca Pennington, Chief Financial Officer. [FR Doc. 2014–27436 Filed 11–19–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [Docket No. FD 35838] Wisconsin & Southern Railroad, L.L.C.—Acquisition and Operation Exemption—City of Fitchburg and Village of Oregon, WI AGENCY: Surface Transportation Board, DOT. Notice of acquisition and operation exemption. ACTION: The Board is granting an exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502 from the prior approval requirements of 49 U.S.C. 10902 for the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad, L.L.C. (WSOR), a Class II rail carrier, to acquire and operate a permanent, exclusive freight rail operating easement over an approximately 15-mile line of railroad (the Line) owned by the City of Fitchburg and the Village of Oregon, Wis. (the Municipalities). The Line, also known as the Evansville Line, extends between milepost 119.0, near Evansville, Wis., and milepost 134.0, near ‘‘MX’’ (a crossing of WSOR near Madison, Wis.), in Dane, Green, and Rock Counties. WSOR states that there has been no freight rail traffic on the Line since 1997. However, WSOR asserts that the Wisconsin River Rail Transit Commission (WRRTC), which describes itself as a governmental entity representing a consortium of nine Wisconsin counties, has recently been notified that a shipper seeking rail service is locating in the Village of Oregon. Consequently, WRRTC has requested that WSOR initiate service over the Line. WSOR states that it will enter into an agreement with the Municipalities whereby WSOR will SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\20NON1.SGM 20NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 224 / Thursday, November 20, 2014 / Notices acquire the exclusive rail freight easement for resumption of rail operations. The Board is also granting WSOR’s request for a waiver of the employee notice requirements of 49 CFR 1121.4(h). This exemption is subject to standard labor protective conditions. DATES: This exemption will be effective on December 18, 2014. Petitions to stay must be filed by November 28, 2014. Petitions to reopen must be filed by December 8, 2014. ADDRESSES: Send an original and 10 copies of all pleadings referring to FD 35838 to: Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20423–0001. In addition, one copy of all pleadings must be served on WSOR’s representative: Karl Morell, Of Counsel, BALL JANIK LLP, Suite 225, 655 Fifteenth Street NW., Washington, DC 20005, and on all other parties of record in Docket No. FD 35838. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jonathon Binet, (202) 245–0368. Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at (800) 877–8339. Copies of written filings will be available for viewing and selfcopying at the Board’s Public Docket Room, Room 131, and will be posted to the Board’s Web site. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Additional information is contained in the Board’s decision served on November 18, 2014, which is available on our Web site at www.stb.dot.gov. Decided: November 17, 2014. By the Board, Chairman Elliott, Vice Chairman Miller, and Commissioner Begeman. Jeffrey Herzig, Clearance Clerk. A Certificate of Authority as an acceptable surety on Federal bonds is hereby issued under 31 U.S.C. 9305 to the following company: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ELECTRIC INSURANCE COMPANY (NAIC# 21261). BUSINESS ADDRESS: 75 Sam Fonzo Drive, Beverly, MA 01915–1000. PHONE: (978) 921–2080. UNDERWRITING LIMITATION b/: $52,256,000. SURETY LICENSES c/: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID,IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE., NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY. INCORPORATED IN: Massachusetts. Federal bond-approving officers should annotate their reference copies of the Treasury Circular 570 (‘‘Circular’’), 2014 Revision, to reflect this addition. Certificates of Authority expire on June 30th each year, unless revoked prior to that date. The Certificates are subject to subsequent annual renewal as long as the companies remain qualified (see 31 CFR part 223). A list of qualified companies is published annually as of July 1st in the Circular, which outlines details as to the underwriting limitations, areas in which companies are licensed to transact surety business, and other information. The Circular may be viewed and downloaded through the Internet at http://www.fms.treas.gov/c570. Questions concerning this Notice may be directed to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Bureau of the Fiscal Service, Financial Accounting and Services Branch, Surety Bond Branch, 3700 East-West Highway, Room 6D22, Hyattsville, MD 20782. Dated: November 14, 2014. Kevin McIntyre, Manager, Financial Accounting and Services Branch. [FR Doc. 2014–27511 Filed 11–19–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P [FR Doc. 2014–27508 Filed 11–19–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4810–35–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Fiscal Service DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS Surety Companies Acceptable on Federal Bonds: Electric Insurance Company Privacy Act of 1974; Report of Matching Program Bureau of the Fiscal Service, Fiscal Service, Department of the Treasury. ACTION: Notice. rmajette on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: Department of Veterans Affairs. Notice of Computer Matching Program. AGENCY: ACTION: This is Supplement No. 4 to the Treasury Department Circular 570, 2014 Revision, published July 1, 2014, at 79 FR 37398. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Surety Bond Branch at (202) 874–6850. SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:37 Nov 19, 2014 Jkt 235001 Notice is hereby given that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) intends to conduct a recurring computer matching program matching Department of Justice, Bureau of Prison (BOP), inmate records with VA pension, compensation, and dependency and SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00094 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 69189 indemnity compensation (DIC) records. The goal of this match is to identify incarcerated veterans and beneficiaries who are receiving VA benefits, and to reduce or terminate benefits, if appropriate. The match will include records of current VA beneficiaries. DATES: Comments on the matching agreement must be received no later than December 22, 2014. If no public comment is received, the amended system will become effective December 22, 2014. The match will start no sooner than 30 days after publication of this notice in the Federal Register, or 40 days after copies of this notice and the agreement of the parties is submitted to Congress and the Office of Management and Budget, whichever is later, and end not more than 18 months after the agreement is properly implemented by the parties. The involved agencies’ Data Integrity Boards (DIBs) may extend this match for 12 months provided the agencies certify to their DIBs, within three months of the ending date of the original match, that the matching program will be conducted without change and that the matching program has been conducted in compliance with the original matching program. ADDRESSES: Written comments may be submitted through http:// www.Regulations.gov; by mail or handdelivery to the Director, Regulations Management (02REG), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Ave. NW., Room 1068, Washington, DC 20420; or by fax to 202–273–9026. Copies of comments received will be available for public inspection in the Office of Regulation Policy and Management, Room 1063B, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (except holidays). Please call 202–461–4902 for an appointment. In addition, during the comment period, comments may be viewed online through the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) at http:// www.Regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Thomas J. Murphy, Compensation and Pension Service, (202) 461–9700. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VA will use this information to verify incarceration and adjust VA benefit payments as prescribed by law. The proposed matching program will enable VA to accurately identify beneficiaries who are incarcerated for a felony or a misdemeanor in a Federal penal facility. The legal authority to conduct this match is 38 U.S.C. 1505, 5106, and 5313. Section 5106 requires any Federal department or agency to provide VA such information as VA requests for the E:\FR\FM\20NON1.SGM 20NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Surface Transportation Board

[Docket No. FD 35838]


Wisconsin & Southern Railroad, L.L.C.--Acquisition and Operation 
Exemption--City of Fitchburg and Village of Oregon, WI

AGENCY: Surface Transportation Board, DOT.

ACTION: Notice of acquisition and operation exemption.

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SUMMARY: The Board is granting an exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502 from 
the prior approval requirements of 49 U.S.C. 10902 for the Wisconsin & 
Southern Railroad, L.L.C. (WSOR), a Class II rail carrier, to acquire 
and operate a permanent, exclusive freight rail operating easement over 
an approximately 15-mile line of railroad (the Line) owned by the City 
of Fitchburg and the Village of Oregon, Wis. (the Municipalities). The 
Line, also known as the Evansville Line, extends between milepost 
119.0, near Evansville, Wis., and milepost 134.0, near ``MX'' (a 
crossing of WSOR near Madison, Wis.), in Dane, Green, and Rock 
Counties. WSOR states that there has been no freight rail traffic on 
the Line since 1997. However, WSOR asserts that the Wisconsin River 
Rail Transit Commission (WRRTC), which describes itself as a 
governmental entity representing a consortium of nine Wisconsin 
counties, has recently been notified that a shipper seeking rail 
service is locating in the Village of Oregon. Consequently, WRRTC has 
requested that WSOR initiate service over the Line. WSOR states that it 
will enter into an agreement with the Municipalities whereby WSOR will

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acquire the exclusive rail freight easement for resumption of rail 
operations. The Board is also granting WSOR's request for a waiver of 
the employee notice requirements of 49 CFR 1121.4(h). This exemption is 
subject to standard labor protective conditions.

DATES: This exemption will be effective on December 18, 2014. Petitions 
to stay must be filed by November 28, 2014. Petitions to reopen must be 
filed by December 8, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Send an original and 10 copies of all pleadings referring to 
FD 35838 to: Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20423-0001. In addition, one copy of all pleadings must 
be served on WSOR's representative: Karl Morell, Of Counsel, BALL JANIK 
LLP, Suite 225, 655 Fifteenth Street NW., Washington, DC 20005, and on 
all other parties of record in Docket No. FD 35838.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jonathon Binet, (202) 245-0368. 
Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at (800) 877-8339. Copies of written 
filings will be available for viewing and self-copying at the Board's 
Public Docket Room, Room 131, and will be posted to the Board's Web 
site.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Additional information is contained in the 
Board's decision served on November 18, 2014, which is available on our 
Web site at www.stb.dot.gov.

    Decided: November 17, 2014.

    By the Board, Chairman Elliott, Vice Chairman Miller, and 
Commissioner Begeman.
Jeffrey Herzig,
Clearance Clerk.
[FR Doc. 2014-27511 Filed 11-19-14; 8:45 am]
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