Petition for Waiver of Compliance, 68101 [2016-23794]

Download as PDF 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

[Docket Number FRA-2016-0086]


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 non-passenger 
trains and equipment; end-of-train devices. Specifically, BNSF seeks a 
test waiver to investigate whether the 92-day interval for calibration 
of the air 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.
     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]
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