Railworthiness Directive for Certain Railroad Tank Cars Equipped With Bottom Outlet Valve Assembly and Constructed by American Railcar Industries and ACF Industries, 68100-68101 [2016-23770]

Download as PDF 68100 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 191 / Monday, October 3, 2016 / Notices or optometrist’s report to the medical examiner at the time of the annual medical examination; and (3) that each individual provide a copy of the annual medical certification to the employer for retention in the driver’s qualification file, or keep a copy in his/her driver’s qualification file if he/she is selfemployed. The driver must have a copy of the certification when driving, for presentation to a duly authorized Federal, State, or local enforcement official. V. Discussion of Comments FMCSA received 12 comments in this proceeding. Brenda Hood, Shaun Bivens, Dana Arredondo, Brad Wright, Felicia Daza, Thomas Hood, John Bourne, Sherrilyn Arredondo, Nicholas Washington, Ernesto Valdespino, Irene Galvan, and an anonymous commenter are all in favor of granting Duane Brojer an exemption from the vision standard. IV. Conclusion sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Based upon its evaluation of the 11 exemption applications, FMCSA exempts the following drivers from the vision requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10), subject to the requirements cited above (49 CFR 391.64(b)): Daniel S. Billig (MN) Duane N. Brojer (NM) Jeffrey D. Davis (NC) Paul D. Evenhouse (IL) Jonathan W. Gibbons (IL) Shane J. Graff (MI) Brian D. Hoover (IA) Michael A. Kafer (KS) Christopher Robinson (NY) Joshua R. Stanley (OK) Charles F. Tibbetts (SC) In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, each exemption will be valid for 2 years unless revoked earlier by FMCSA. The exemption will be revoked if: (1) The person fails to comply with the terms and conditions of the exemption; (2) the exemption has resulted in a lower level of safety than was maintained before it was granted; or (3) continuation of the exemption would not be consistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136 and 31315. If the exemption is still effective at the end of the 2-year period, the person may apply to FMCSA for a renewal under procedures in effect at that time. Issued on: September 22, 2016. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2016–23789 Filed 9–30–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:56 Sep 30, 2016 Jkt 241001 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket Number FRA–2016–0094] Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System In accordance with part 235 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and 49 U.S.C. 20502(a), this document provides the public notice that by a document dated September 9, 2016, Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) seeking approval for the discontinuance or modification of a signal system. FRA assigned the petition Docket Number FRA–2016– 0094. Applicant: Union Pacific Railroad Company, Mr. Kevin D. Hicks, AVP Engineering-Design, 1400 Douglas Street, Mail Stop 0910, Omaha, NE 68179. UP seeks approval of the discontinuance of Control Point D120, Milepost 119.7, on the Chester Subdivision, St. Louis Service Unit Division at Thebes, IL. Two crossovers and four signals on the main tracks will be removed and will be replaced with regenerative repeaters. The reason given for the proposed discontinuance is to expedite train movements in the area and to make the switch renewal portion of a 2017 track project unnecessary. A copy of the petition, as well as any written communications concerning the petition, is available for review online at www.regulations.gov and in person at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Docket Operations Facility, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., W12–140, Washington, DC 20590. The Docket Operations Facility is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. Interested parties are invited to participate in these proceedings by submitting written views, data, or comments. FRA does not anticipate scheduling a public hearing in connection with these proceedings since the facts do not appear to warrant a hearing. If any interested party desires an opportunity for oral comment, they should notify FRA, in writing, before the end of the comment period and specify the basis for their request. All communications concerning these proceedings should identify the appropriate docket number and may be submitted by any of the following methods: • Web site: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. PO 00000 Frm 00145 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • Fax: 202–493–2251. • Mail: Docket Operations Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., W12–140, Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., W12–140, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. Communications received by November 17, 2016 will be considered by FRA before final action is taken. Comments received after that date will be considered as far as practicable. Anyone is able to search the electronic form of any written communications and comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the document, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its processes. DOT posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information the commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL– 14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at www.dot.gov/privacy. See also https:// www.regulations.gov/privacyNotice for the privacy notice of regulations.gov. Robert C. Lauby, Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety, Chief Safety Officer. [FR Doc. 2016–23795 Filed 9–30–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration Railworthiness Directive for Certain Railroad Tank Cars Equipped With Bottom Outlet Valve Assembly and Constructed by American Railcar Industries and ACF Industries Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of issuance and availability of Railworthiness Directive. AGENCY: On September 30, 2016, FRA issued a Railworthiness Directive (Directive or RWD) to all owners of Department of Transportation (DOT) specification 111 general purpose tank cars. This document announces FRA’s issuance of the RWD and its availability on FRA’s Web site. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Larry Strouse, General Engineer, Hazardous Materials Division, Office of SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\03OCN1.SGM 03OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 191 / Monday, October 3, 2016 / Notices Technical Oversight, FRA, 200 W. Adams Street, Suite 310, Chicago, Illinois 60606, (312) 353–6203, Larry.Strouse@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FRA issued this Directive under 49 CFR 180.509(b)(4) to all owners of DOT specification 111 general purpose tank cars based on its finding that as a result of non-conforming welding practices, DOT–111 tank cars built by American Railcar Industries, Inc. (ARI) or ACF Industries, LLC (ACF) between 2009 and 2015 to the ARI or ACF 300 stub sill design and equipped with a two-piece cast sump and bottom outlet valve skid may be in an unsafe operating condition and could result in the release of hazardous materials. As a result of the identified non-conforming welding practices, these cars may have substantial weld defects at the sump and BOV skid groove attachment welds, potentially affecting each tank’s ability to retain its contents during transportation. FRA issued the Directive to ensure public safety, ensure compliance with the applicable Federal regulations governing the safe movement of hazardous materials by rail, and ensure the railworthiness of the tank cars. The full text of the Directive is available on FRA’s Web site at www.fra.gov by searching for RWD No. 2016–01. Issued in Washington, DC, on September 27, 2016. Robert C. Lauby, Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety Chief Safety Officer. [FR Doc. 2016–23770 Filed 9–30–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket Number FRA–2016–0086] sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Petition for Waiver of Compliance In accordance with part 211 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), this provides the public notice that by a document dated August 19, 2016, BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) has petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for a waiver of compliance from certain provisions of the Federal railroad safety regulations contained at 49 CFR part 229, Railroad Locomotive Safety Standards, and 49 CFR part 232, Brake System Safety Standards for freight and other nonpassenger trains and equipment; end-oftrain devices. Specifically, BNSF seeks a test waiver to investigate whether the 92-day interval for calibration of the air VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:56 Sep 30, 2016 Jkt 241001 flow method (AFM) indicator required by 49 CFR 229.29(b) and 232.205(c)(1)(iii) can be safely extended to 184 days on locomotives equipped with New York Air Brake (NYAB) CCB– II air brake systems. This petition has been assigned Docket Number FRA– 2016–0086. In the petition for waiver, BNSF states that it has been collecting data for 3 years in support of an extended interval of 184 days for calibration of the AFM indicator on CCB–II air brake systems, and it has obtained support for this extension from NYAB. Summaries and analysis of this data and a statement from NYAB are included as appendices. To validate this assertion, BNSF proposes to designate a test group of 200 locomotives running on the Southern Transcon route between Kansas City (Argentine), KS, and Barstow, CA. These locomotives would be evaluated by a test waiver team at initial AFM indicator calibration, after 92 days, and for locomotives qualified to continue the test, at 184 days. To help ensure the validity of this testing, BNSF has already updated the AFM indicator calibration training of its mechanical forces and has completed a software upgrade on 93 percent of CCB–II equipped locomotives to eliminate a previous problem with loss of AFM calibration data due to dead batteries in the locomotive computer’s CPU. A copy of the petition, as well as any written communications concerning the petition, is available for review online at www.regulations.gov and in person at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Docket Operations Facility, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., W12–140, Washington, DC 20590. The Docket Operations Facility is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. Interested parties are invited to participate in these proceedings by submitting written views, data, or comments. FRA does not anticipate scheduling a public hearing in connection with these proceedings since the facts do not appear to warrant a hearing. If any interested party desires an opportunity for oral comment, they should notify FRA, in writing, before the end of the comment period and specify the basis for their request. All communications concerning these proceedings should identify the appropriate docket number and may be submitted by any of the following methods: • Web site: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 202–493–2251. PO 00000 Frm 00146 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 68101 • Mail: Docket Operations Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., W12–140, Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. Communications received by November 17, 2016 will be considered by FRA before final action is taken. Comments received after that date will be considered as far as practicable. Anyone is able to search the electronic form of any written communications and comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the document, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its processes. DOT posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information the commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL– 14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at www.dot.gov/privacy. See also https:// www.regulations.gov/privacyNotice for the privacy notice of regulations.gov. Robert C. Lauby, Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety, Chief Safety Officer. [FR Doc. 2016–23794 Filed 9–30–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket Number FRA–2011–0107] Petition for Waiver of Compliance In accordance with part 211 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), this document provides the public notice that by a document dated July 18, 2016, CSX Transportation (CSX) requested that the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Railroad Safety Board (Board) issue an expansion of the territory allowed for its nonstop continuous rail testing process. CSX’s existing waiver in this docket exempts it from the requirements of 49 CFR 213.113(a) so that it could implement a pilot test process for nonstop continuous rail testing. The projected starting date for implementing the process on the additional territories would be August 14, 2016, and the waiver process would continue up to December 31, 2017. The original E:\FR\FM\03OCN1.SGM 03OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Railroad Administration


Railworthiness Directive for Certain Railroad Tank Cars Equipped 
With Bottom Outlet Valve Assembly and Constructed by American Railcar 
Industries and ACF Industries

AGENCY: Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Department of 
Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Notice of issuance and availability of Railworthiness 
Directive.

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SUMMARY: On September 30, 2016, FRA issued a Railworthiness Directive 
(Directive or RWD) to all owners of Department of Transportation (DOT) 
specification 111 general purpose tank cars. This document announces 
FRA's issuance of the RWD and its availability on FRA's Web site.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Larry Strouse, General Engineer, 
Hazardous Materials Division, Office of

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Technical Oversight, FRA, 200 W. Adams Street, Suite 310, Chicago, 
Illinois 60606, (312) 353-6203, Larry.Strouse@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FRA issued this Directive under 49 CFR 
180.509(b)(4) to all owners of DOT specification 111 general purpose 
tank cars based on its finding that as a result of non-conforming 
welding practices, DOT-111 tank cars built by American Railcar 
Industries, Inc. (ARI) or ACF Industries, LLC (ACF) between 2009 and 
2015 to the ARI or ACF 300 stub sill design and equipped with a two-
piece cast sump and bottom outlet valve skid may be in an unsafe 
operating condition and could result in the release of hazardous 
materials. As a result of the identified non-conforming welding 
practices, these cars may have substantial weld defects at the sump and 
BOV skid groove attachment welds, potentially affecting each tank's 
ability to retain its contents during transportation. FRA issued the 
Directive to ensure public safety, ensure compliance with the 
applicable Federal regulations governing the safe movement of hazardous 
materials by rail, and ensure the railworthiness of the tank cars. The 
full text of the Directive is available on FRA's Web site at 
www.fra.gov by searching for RWD No. 2016-01.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on September 27, 2016.
Robert C. Lauby,
Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety Chief Safety Officer.
[FR Doc. 2016-23770 Filed 9-30-16; 8:45 am]
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