Northern Lines Railway Company, LLC-Discontinuance of Service Exemption-in Stearns and Benton Counties, Minn., 47487-47488 [2016-17368]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 140 / Thursday, July 21, 2016 / Notices asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES regarding this collection, contact Pedro Ramirez at (202) 245–0333 or at pedro.ramirez@stb.dot.gov. [Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339.] SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments are requested concerning: (1) The accuracy of the Board’s burden estimates; (2) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; (3) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology, when appropriate; and (4) whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Board, including whether the collection has practical utility. 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[FR Doc. 2016–17235 Filed 7–20–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00144 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 47487 SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD [Docket No. AB 1011 (Sub-No. 3X)] Northern Lines Railway Company, LLC—Discontinuance of Service Exemption—in Stearns and Benton Counties, Minn. On July 1, 2016, Northern Lines Railway, LLC (NLR) filed with the Surface Transportation Board (Board) a petition under 49 U.S.C. 10502 for exemption from the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 10903 to discontinue rail service over approximately three miles of rail line (the Subject Segments) in East St. Cloud, Stearns and Benton Counties, Minn. NLR is not the owner of the Subject Segments. The Subject Segments are owned by BNSF Railway Company (BNSF).1 The Subject Segments connect to BNSF main lines between milepost 73 and milepost 75 and include: (a) All tracks accessed by Main 1 from Tracks 9967 and 9966; (b) Track 0132 along with Track 0146 and Track 0146’s connecting industries within the wye complex at main line milepost 74; and (c) Track 0162, also known as Transfer 2. NLR states that BNSF has advised NLR that some of the Subject Segments, based on information on BNSF’s possession, do contain federally granted rights-of-way. Any documentation in NLR’s possession will be made available promptly to those requesting it. The interest of railroad employees will be granted by the conditions set forth in Oregon Short Line Railroad— Abandonment Portion Goshen Branch Between Firth & Ammon, in Bingham & Bonneville Counties, Idaho, 360 I.C.C. 91 (1979). By issuance of this notice, the Board is instituting an exemption proceeding pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 10502(b). A final decision will be issued by October 19, 2016. Because this is a discontinuance proceeding and not an abandonment proceeding, trail use/rail banking and public use conditions are not appropriate. Because there will be environmental review during abandonment, this discontinuance does not require an environmental review. Any offer of financial assistance (OFA) under 49 CFR 1152.27(b)(2) to subsidize continued rail service will be due no later than October 31, 2016, or 1 NLR was granted authority to lease and operate the Subject Segments in Northern Lines Ry., LLC— Lease and Operation Exemption—Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Ry., FD 34627 (STB served Jan. 6, 2005) (as modified by the decision in the same docket served June 3, 2005). E:\FR\FM\21JYN1.SGM 21JYN1 47488 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 140 / Thursday, July 21, 2016 / Notices 10 days after service of a decision granting the petition for exemption, whichever occurs sooner. Each offer must be accompanied by a $1,600 filing fee. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(25). All filings in response to this notice must refer to Docket No. AB 1011 (SubNo. 3X) and must be sent to: (1) Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20423–0001; and (2) Rose-Michele Nardi, Transport Counsel, PC, 1701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Suite 300, Washington, DC 20006. Replies to this petition are due on or before August 10, 2016. Persons seeking further information concerning discontinuance procedures may contact the Board’s Office of Public Assistance, Governmental Affairs, and Compliance at (202) 245–0238 or refer to the full abandonment and discontinuance regulations at 49 CFR pt. 1152. Questions concerning environmental issues may be directed to the Board’s Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) at (202) 245–0305. [Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1– 800–877–8339.] Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at WWW.STB.DOT.GOV. Decided: July 18, 2016. By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings. Brendetta S. Jones, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2016–17368 Filed 7–20–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Results of the 2015/2016 Annual GSP Review Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice announces the results of the 2015/2016 Annual GSP Review with respect to: Products considered for addition to the list of eligible products for GSP; products considered for removal from the list of eligible products for certain beneficiary countries; decisions related to competitive need limitations (CNLs), including petitions for waivers of CNLs; and requests for redesignations of products previously excluded from GSP eligibility for certain countries. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Erland Herfindahl, Deputy Assistant asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:15 Jul 20, 2016 Jkt 238001 U.S. Trade Representative for GSP, Office of the United States Trade Representative. The telephone number is (202) 395–6364, the fax number is (202) 395–9674, and the email address is Erland_Herfindahl@ustr.eop.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The GSP program provides for the duty-free treatment of designated articles when imported from beneficiary developing countries. The GSP program is authorized by Title V of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2461 et seq.), as amended, and is implemented in accordance with Executive Order 11888 of November 24, 1975, as modified by subsequent Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations. Results of the 2015/2016 Annual GSP Review In the 2015/2016 Annual GSP Review, the TPSC reviewed: (1) Petitions to add 30 products to the list of those eligible for duty-free treatment under GSP; (2) petitions to remove GSP eligibility of five products for certain GSP beneficiary countries; (3) four petitions to waive CNLs for products from certain beneficiary countries; (4) products eligible for de minimis waivers of CNLs; (5) requests for redesignation of products previously excluded from GSP eligibility for certain beneficiary countries; and (6) country practice petitions previously submitted as part of the 2015/2016 Annual Review and earlier reviews. In Presidential Proclamation 9466 of June 30, 2016 the President implemented his decisions regarding GSP product eligibility issues arising out of the 2015/2016 Annual GSP Review, including CNL waivers and product redesignations. This notice provides further information on the results of the 2015/2016 Annual GSP Review, including disposition of country practice petitions. These results, comprising seven lists, are available for public viewing at http:// www.regulations.gov in docket USTR– 2015–0013, under ‘‘Supporting and Related Materials’’ and at https:// ustr.gov/issue-areas/preferenceprograms/generalized-systempreferences-gsp/current-reviews/gsp20152016. Specific Results The Administration added 27 travel and luggage goods products to the list of products eligible for duty-free treatment for least developed beneficiary developing countries (LDBDCs) and African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) countries and has decided to defer action on a decision for nonLDBDCs. The Administration denied the PO 00000 Frm 00145 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 petition to make certain effervescent wine (HTS 2204.21.20) eligible for dutyfree treatment under GSP. The Administration has decided to defer a decision on final disposition of petitions to add essential oils of lemon (HTS 3301.13.00) and high-carbon ferromanganese (HTS 7202.11.50) to the list of products eligible for duty-free treatment under GSP for all GSP beneficiary countries. See List I (Decision on Petition to Add a Product to the List of Eligible Products for GSP). The President removed polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin (HTS 3907.60.00) and certain fluorescent brightening agents (HTS 3204.20.10 and HTS 3204.20.80) from India from GSP eligibility based on petitions from interested parties. The Administration denied the petitions to remove certain fluorescent brightening agents (HTS 3204.20.10 and HTS 3204.20.80) from Indonesia and PET film (HTS 3920.62.00 and 3921.90.40) from Brazil. See List II (Decisions on Petitions to Remove a Product from Certain Beneficiary Countries from GSP). Articles that exceeded the CNLs in 2015 and that, effective July 1, 2016, are excluded from GSP eligibility when imported from a specific beneficiary country are described in List III (Products Newly Subject to Exclusion by Competitive Need Limitation). The President granted petitions for waivers of CNLs for the following products: (1) Certain pitted dates (HTS 0804.10.60) from Tunisia; (2) certain inactive yeasts (HTS 2102.20.60) from Brazil; and (3) certain nonalcoholic beverages (HTS 2202.90.90) from Thailand. See List IV (Products Receiving a Waiver of the Competitive Need Limitation). The President denied the petition for a waiver of CNLs for certain motor vehicle parts and accessories (HTS 8707.50.95) from India. The President granted de minimis waivers to 111 articles that exceeded the 50-percent import-share CNL but for which the aggregate value of all U.S. imports of that article was below the 2015 de minimis level of $22.5 million. See List V (Decisions on Products Eligible for De Minimis Waivers). The articles for which de minimis waivers were granted will continue to be eligible for duty-free treatment under GSP when imported from the associated countries. No products previously excluded from GSP eligibility for certain countries were redesignated as eligible for GSP as a result of the 2015/2016 Annual Review. E:\FR\FM\21JYN1.SGM 21JYN1

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SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD

[Docket No. AB 1011 (Sub-No. 3X)]


Northern Lines Railway Company, LLC--Discontinuance of Service 
Exemption--in Stearns and Benton Counties, Minn.

    On July 1, 2016, Northern Lines Railway, LLC (NLR) filed with the 
Surface Transportation Board (Board) a petition under 49 U.S.C. 10502 
for exemption from the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 10903 to discontinue 
rail service over approximately three miles of rail line (the Subject 
Segments) in East St. Cloud, Stearns and Benton Counties, Minn.
    NLR is not the owner of the Subject Segments. The Subject Segments 
are owned by BNSF Railway Company (BNSF).\1\ The Subject Segments 
connect to BNSF main lines between milepost 73 and milepost 75 and 
include: (a) All tracks accessed by Main 1 from Tracks 9967 and 9966; 
(b) Track 0132 along with Track 0146 and Track 0146's connecting 
industries within the wye complex at main line milepost 74; and (c) 
Track 0162, also known as Transfer 2.
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    \1\ NLR was granted authority to lease and operate the Subject 
Segments in Northern Lines Ry., LLC--Lease and Operation Exemption--
Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Ry., FD 34627 (STB served Jan. 6, 
2005) (as modified by the decision in the same docket served June 3, 
2005).
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    NLR states that BNSF has advised NLR that some of the Subject 
Segments, based on information on BNSF's possession, do contain 
federally granted rights-of-way. Any documentation in NLR's possession 
will be made available promptly to those requesting it.
    The interest of railroad employees will be granted by the 
conditions set forth in Oregon Short Line Railroad--Abandonment Portion 
Goshen Branch Between Firth & Ammon, in Bingham & Bonneville Counties, 
Idaho, 360 I.C.C. 91 (1979).
    By issuance of this notice, the Board is instituting an exemption 
proceeding pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 10502(b). A final decision will be 
issued by October 19, 2016.
    Because this is a discontinuance proceeding and not an abandonment 
proceeding, trail use/rail banking and public use conditions are not 
appropriate. Because there will be environmental review during 
abandonment, this discontinuance does not require an environmental 
review.
    Any offer of financial assistance (OFA) under 49 CFR 1152.27(b)(2) 
to subsidize continued rail service will be due no later than October 
31, 2016, or

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10 days after service of a decision granting the petition for 
exemption, whichever occurs sooner. Each offer must be accompanied by a 
$1,600 filing fee. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(25).
    All filings in response to this notice must refer to Docket No. AB 
1011 (Sub-No. 3X) and must be sent to: (1) Surface Transportation 
Board, 395 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20423-0001; and (2) Rose-
Michele Nardi, Transport Counsel, PC, 1701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Suite 
300, Washington, DC 20006. Replies to this petition are due on or 
before August 10, 2016.
    Persons seeking further information concerning discontinuance 
procedures may contact the Board's Office of Public Assistance, 
Governmental Affairs, and Compliance at (202) 245-0238 or refer to the 
full abandonment and discontinuance regulations at 49 CFR pt. 1152. 
Questions concerning environmental issues may be directed to the 
Board's Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) at (202) 245-0305. 
[Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.]
    Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at 
WWW.STB.DOT.GOV.

    Decided: July 18, 2016.

    By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of 
Proceedings.

Brendetta S. Jones,
Clearance Clerk.
[FR Doc. 2016-17368 Filed 7-20-16; 8:45 am]
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