Hours of Service of Drivers: North Shore Environmental Construction, Inc.; Application for Exemption, 64925-64927 [2018-27338]

Download as PDF amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 242 / Tuesday, December 18, 2018 / Notices need to relocate the existing terminal building and enhance airfield safety at Bob Hope ‘‘Hollywood Burbank’’ Airport including, but not limited to, the following: Replacement Passenger Terminal in the Northeast Quadrant—Sponsor’s Proposed Action: As described in detail above. Replacement Passenger Terminal in the Southeast Quadrant: Construction of a replacement passenger terminal in the Southeast Quadrant of the Airport. Replacement Passenger Terminal in the Southwest Quadrant: Construction of a replacement passenger terminal in the Southwest Quadrant of the Airport. Replacement Passenger Terminal in the Northwest Quadrant: Construction of a replacement passenger terminal in the Northwest Quadrant of the Airport. Construction of a New Airport: Construction of a new airport designed to meet all FAA standards. 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One public scoping meeting for the general public will be held. The public scoping meeting will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. The public scoping meeting will be conducted at the Buena Vista Branch Library, 300 N Buena Vista Street, Burbank, California 91505. A legal notice will be also be placed in newspapers having general circulation in the study area. The newspaper notice will notify the public that scoping meetings will be held to gain their input concerning the proposed action, alternatives to be considered, and impacts to be evaluated. The FAA is aware that there are Native American tribes with a historical interest in the area. The FAA will interact on a government-to-government basis, in accordance with all executive orders, laws, regulations, and other memoranda. The tribes will also be invited to participate in accordance with NEPA and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Issued in El Segundo, California, December 12, 2018. Arlene Draper, Acting Director, Office of Airports, WesternPacific Region, AWP–600. [FR Doc. 2018–27373 Filed 12–17–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2018–0368] Hours of Service of Drivers: North Shore Environmental Construction, Inc.; Application for Exemption Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of application for exemption; request for comments. AGENCY: FMCSA announces that it has received an application from North Shore Environmental Construction, Inc. (North Shore) for exemption from the hours-of-service (HOS) regulations for drivers engaged in providing direct assistance in environmental emergencies or potential environmental emergencies. The applicants request a five-year exemption from the ‘‘14-hour SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00117 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 64925 rule’’ for their drivers engaged in responding to environmental emergencies. FMCSA requests public comment on this application for exemption. Comments must be received on or before January 17, 2019. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by Federal Docket Management System Number FMCSA– 2018–0368 by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov. See the Public Participation and Request for Comments section below for further information. • Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12– 140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. E.T., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. • Fax: 1–202–493–2251. Each submission must include the Agency name and the docket number for this notice. Note that DOT posts all comments received without change to www.regulations.gov, including any personal information included in a comment. Please see the Privacy Act heading below. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments, go to www.regulations.gov at any time or visit Room W12–140 on the ground level of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The on-line FDMS is available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. Privacy Act: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Richard Clemente, FMCSA Driver and Carrier Operations Division; Telephone: (202) 366–2722; Email: MCPSD@dot.gov. If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, contact Docket Services, telephone (202) 366–9826. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Public Participation and Request for Comments DATES: E:\FR\FM\18DEN1.SGM 18DEN1 64926 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 242 / Tuesday, December 18, 2018 / Notices FMCSA encourages you to participate by submitting comments and related materials. amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES Submitting Comments If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this notice (FMCSA–2018–0368), indicate the specific section of this document to which the comment applies, and provide a reason for suggestions or recommendations. You may submit your comments and material online or by fax, mail, or hand delivery, but please use only one of these means. FMCSA recommends that you include your name and a mailing address, an email address, or a phone number in the body of your document so the Agency can contact you if it has questions regarding your submission. To submit your comment online, go to www.regulations.gov and put the docket number, ‘‘FMCSA–2018–0368’’ in the ‘‘Keyword’’ box, and click ‘‘Search.’’ When the new screen appears, click on ‘‘Comment Now!’’ button and type your comment into the text box in the following screen. Choose whether you are submitting your comment as an individual or on behalf of a third party and then submit. If you submit your comments by mail or hand delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no larger than 81⁄2 by 11 inches, suitable for copying and electronic filing. If you submit comments by mail and would like to know that they reached the facility, please enclose a stamped, selfaddressed postcard or envelope. FMCSA will consider all comments and material received during the comment period and may grant or not grant this application based on your comments. II. Legal Basis FMCSA has authority under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315 to grant exemptions from certain Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). FMCSA must publish a notice of each exemption request in the Federal Register (49 CFR 381.315(a)). The Agency must provide the public an opportunity to inspect the information relevant to the application, including any safety analyses that have been conducted. The Agency must also provide an opportunity for public comment on the request. The Agency reviews safety analyses and public comments submitted, and determines whether granting the exemption would likely achieve a level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved by the current regulation (49 CFR 381.305). The decision of the Agency must be published in the Federal Register (49 CFR 381.315(b)) with the reasons for VerDate Sep<11>2014 00:45 Dec 18, 2018 Jkt 247001 denying or granting the application and, if granted, the name of the person or class of persons receiving the exemption, and the regulatory provision from which the exemption is granted. The notice must also specify the effective period (up to 5 years) and explain the terms and conditions of the exemption. The exemption may be renewed (49 CFR 381.300(b)). III. Request for Exemption North Shore Environmental Construction, Inc. (North Shore) seeks an exemption from the ‘‘14-hour rule’’ [§ 395.3(a)(2)] for its drivers engaged in responding to environmental emergencies. North Shore employs 12 commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders, and its total number of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) is 15. North Shore is a member of the Spill Control Association of America. In responding to emergency incidents, North Shore’s technicians work alongside a mix of both private industry and public agencies, and their work often has a direct impact on protection of both public safety and the environment. North Shore advises that it is contractually required to provide direct assistance to responsible parties who are experiencing environmental emergencies or potential environmental emergencies. North Shore defines an environmental emergency as a sudden threat to the public health or the wellbeing of the environment, arising from the release or potential release of oil, radioactive materials, or hazardous chemicals into the air, land, or water. North Shore’s employees are hybrid driver/operator/technicians, so the total on-duty time can be a challenge, especially after normal work hours. Other job duties include industrial maintenance, spill response, sampling, lab packing and waste management. With the current driver shortage, obtaining qualified drivers with these additional skills and experience has become problematic. North Shore is requesting relief from 49 CFR 395.3(a)(2), commonly known as the ‘‘14-hour rule.’’ North Shore states that the hours-of-service (HOS) rules have always been an issue for emergency response companies. The national shortage of drivers, and in its case, drivers with specialized safety and environmental training, has been worsening over the last few years, making this a critical issue. North Shore is requesting this exemption to allow the company to respond to a release or threat of a release of oil and other hazardous materials. North Shore is requesting relief from this regulation with the following conditions: PO 00000 Frm 00118 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • On-duty period will not exceed 4.5 additional hours for initial response; • Any driver who exceeds the 14hour period would in no case exceed a total of 8 hours drive time; • Drivers would not exceed 70 hours on duty in 8 days; • Drivers would be required to take 10 hours off duty, subsequent to the duty day; and • All activities would be subject to the electronic logging device rule. According to North Shore, there would be a significant challenge in responding to environmental emergencies if the exemption was not granted. The initial response hours are the most critical in an environmental emergency and the ability to quickly respond is vital. North Shore believes that a tightly managed exemption actually provides a risk averse situation by discouraging potentially unmanaged risk taking. If the exemption is not granted, there could be a disruption of nation/regional commerce activities, including power restoration activities and protection of interstate commerce and infrastructure. Granting the exemption would mitigate public transportation disruptions, much as tow trucks do when moving wrecked or disabled vehicles under 49 CFR 390.23(a)(ii)(3). IV. Method To Ensure an Equivalent or Greater Level of Safety North Shore believes that the proposed relief, and the parameters in which their drivers operate, would continue to provide the highest level of safety and compliance, while carefully responding to incidents that threaten public safety and the environment. Safety is always the primary objective and guiding principle of all of North Shore’s business activities as demonstrated by the following: • North Shore has specific policies on ‘‘fatigue and transportation management.’’ • Health and safety is paramount for all operations dealing with environmental emergencies and would remain the case when utilizing the exemption. • Drivers who utilize this exemption may come back into compliance and restart the computation of maximum driving time only after 10 hours off duty which starts at the end of their extended hours period. • The exemption would not exempt drivers or the company from the requirements relating to the CDL, drug/ alcohol testing, hazardous materials, size and weight, or State/Federal registration and tax requirements. E:\FR\FM\18DEN1.SGM 18DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 242 / Tuesday, December 18, 2018 / Notices • North Shore understands the concepts of risk management and mitigation. • North Shore maintains a multitude of safety, security, annual medical surveillance, and training plans, as well as comprehensive drug and alcohol programs compliant with multiple DOT departments. • North Shore has vigorous preventative maintenance programs specific to the equipment they own and operate. North Shore believes an equivalent level of safety will be achieved if their drivers are exempt from the requirements as described in this notice. The requested exemption is for 5 years. A copy of the application for exemption is available for review in the docket for this notice. Issued on: December 7, 2018. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2018–27338 Filed 12–17–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2018–0312] Hours of Service of Drivers: American Bakers Association and International Dairy Foods Association; Application for Exemption Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of application for exemption; request for comments. AGENCY: FMCSA announces that it has received a joint application from the American Bakers Association (ABA) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) requesting an exemption from the hours-of-service (HOS) regulations for drivers engaged in the delivery of baked goods and milk products during periods and in geographic areas reasonably anticipated to be impacted by an impending natural disaster or emergency situation. ABA/ IDFA requests a 5-year exemption from 49 CFR part 395 for their drivers engaged in the delivery of essential food staples to extend their driving hours to help communities prepare for anticipated disaster conditions, such as extreme weather events, natural disasters, and other emergencies. The applicants state that the exemption would achieve a level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved absent the amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 00:45 Dec 18, 2018 Jkt 247001 proposed exemption. FMCSA requests public comment on ABA/IDFA’s application for exemption. Comments must be received on or before January 17, 2019. DATES: You may submit comments identified by Federal Docket Management System Number FMCSA– 2018–0312 by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov. See the Public Participation and Request for Comments section below for further information. • Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12– 140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. E.T., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. • Fax: 1–202–493–2251. Each submission must include the Agency name and the docket number for this notice. Note that DOT posts all comments received without change to www.regulations.gov, including any personal information included in a comment. Please see the Privacy Act heading below. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments, go to www.regulations.gov at any time or visit Room W12–140 on the ground level of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The on-line FDMS is available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. Privacy Act: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. 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. ADDRESSES: For information concerning this notice, please contact Mr. Richard Clemente, Transportation Specialist, FMCSA Driver and Carrier Operations Division; Telephone: (202) 366–2722; Email: MCPSD@dot.gov. If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, contact Docket Services, telephone (202) 366–9826. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00119 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 64927 I. Public Participation and Request for Comments FMCSA encourages you to participate by submitting comments and related materials. Submitting Comments If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this notice (FMCSA–2018–0312), indicate the specific section of this document to which the comment applies, and provide a reason for suggestions or recommendations. You may submit your comments and material online or by fax, mail, or hand delivery, but please use only one of these means. FMCSA recommends that you include your name and a mailing address, an email address, or a phone number in the body of your document so the Agency can contact you if it has questions regarding your submission. To submit your comment online, go to www.regulations.gov and put the docket number, ‘‘FMCSA–2018–0312’’ in the ‘‘Keyword’’ box, and click ‘‘Search.’’ When the new screen appears, click on ‘‘Comment Now!’’ button and type your comment into the text box in the following screen. Choose whether you are submitting your comment as an individual or on behalf of a third party and then submit. If you submit your comments by mail or hand delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no larger than 81⁄2 by 11 inches, suitable for copying and electronic filing. If you submit comments by mail and would like to know that they reached the facility, please enclose a stamped, selfaddressed postcard or envelope. FMCSA will consider all comments and material received during the comment period and may grant or not grant this application based on your comments. II. Legal Basis FMCSA has authority under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315 to grant exemptions from certain Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). FMCSA must publish a notice of each exemption request in the Federal Register (49 CFR 381.315(a)). The Agency must provide the public an opportunity to inspect the information relevant to the application, including any safety analyses that have been conducted. The Agency must also provide an opportunity for public comment on the request. The Agency reviews safety analyses and public comments submitted, and determines whether granting the exemption would likely achieve a level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved by the current regulation (49 CFR 381.305). E:\FR\FM\18DEN1.SGM 18DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 242 (Tuesday, December 18, 2018)]
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[FR Doc No: 2018-27338]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2018-0368]


Hours of Service of Drivers: North Shore Environmental 
Construction, Inc.; Application for Exemption

AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of application for exemption; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: FMCSA announces that it has received an application from North 
Shore Environmental Construction, Inc. (North Shore) for exemption from 
the hours-of-service (HOS) regulations for drivers engaged in providing 
direct assistance in environmental emergencies or potential 
environmental emergencies. The applicants request a five-year exemption 
from the ``14-hour rule'' for their drivers engaged in responding to 
environmental emergencies. FMCSA requests public comment on this 
application for exemption.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before January 17, 2019.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by Federal Docket 
Management System Number FMCSA-2018-0368 by any of the following 
methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov. See the 
Public Participation and Request for Comments section below for further 
information.
     Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building, Ground 
Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
     Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building, Ground Floor, 
Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. 
E.T., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
     Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
    Each submission must include the Agency name and the docket number 
for this notice. Note that DOT posts all comments received without 
change to www.regulations.gov, including any personal information 
included in a comment. Please see the Privacy Act heading below.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments, go to www.regulations.gov at any time or visit Room W12-140 
on the ground level of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, 
Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, 
except Federal holidays. The on-line FDMS is available 24 hours each 
day, 365 days each year.
    Privacy Act: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits 
comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. 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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Richard Clemente, FMCSA Driver and 
Carrier Operations Division; Telephone: (202) 366-2722; Email: 
MCPSD@dot.gov. If you have questions on viewing or submitting material 
to the docket, contact Docket Services, telephone (202) 366-9826.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
I. Public Participation and Request for Comments

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    FMCSA encourages you to participate by submitting comments and 
related materials.

Submitting Comments

    If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this 
notice (FMCSA-2018-0368), indicate the specific section of this 
document to which the comment applies, and provide a reason for 
suggestions or recommendations. You may submit your comments and 
material online or by fax, mail, or hand delivery, but please use only 
one of these means. FMCSA recommends that you include your name and a 
mailing address, an email address, or a phone number in the body of 
your document so the Agency can contact you if it has questions 
regarding your submission.
    To submit your comment online, go to www.regulations.gov and put 
the docket number, ``FMCSA-2018-0368'' in the ``Keyword'' box, and 
click ``Search.'' When the new screen appears, click on ``Comment 
Now!'' button and type your comment into the text box in the following 
screen. Choose whether you are submitting your comment as an individual 
or on behalf of a third party and then submit. If you submit your 
comments by mail or hand delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no 
larger than 8\1/2\ by 11 inches, suitable for copying and electronic 
filing. If you submit comments by mail and would like to know that they 
reached the facility, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard 
or envelope. FMCSA will consider all comments and material received 
during the comment period and may grant or not grant this application 
based on your comments.

II. Legal Basis

    FMCSA has authority under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315 to grant 
exemptions from certain Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations 
(FMCSRs). FMCSA must publish a notice of each exemption request in the 
Federal Register (49 CFR 381.315(a)). The Agency must provide the 
public an opportunity to inspect the information relevant to the 
application, including any safety analyses that have been conducted. 
The Agency must also provide an opportunity for public comment on the 
request.
    The Agency reviews safety analyses and public comments submitted, 
and determines whether granting the exemption would likely achieve a 
level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be 
achieved by the current regulation (49 CFR 381.305). The decision of 
the Agency must be published in the Federal Register (49 CFR 
381.315(b)) with the reasons for denying or granting the application 
and, if granted, the name of the person or class of persons receiving 
the exemption, and the regulatory provision from which the exemption is 
granted. The notice must also specify the effective period (up to 5 
years) and explain the terms and conditions of the exemption. The 
exemption may be renewed (49 CFR 381.300(b)).

III. Request for Exemption

    North Shore Environmental Construction, Inc. (North Shore) seeks an 
exemption from the ``14-hour rule'' [Sec.  395.3(a)(2)] for its drivers 
engaged in responding to environmental emergencies. North Shore employs 
12 commercial driver's license (CDL) holders, and its total number of 
commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) is 15. North Shore is a member of the 
Spill Control Association of America. In responding to emergency 
incidents, North Shore's technicians work alongside a mix of both 
private industry and public agencies, and their work often has a direct 
impact on protection of both public safety and the environment. North 
Shore advises that it is contractually required to provide direct 
assistance to responsible parties who are experiencing environmental 
emergencies or potential environmental emergencies. North Shore defines 
an environmental emergency as a sudden threat to the public health or 
the well-being of the environment, arising from the release or 
potential release of oil, radioactive materials, or hazardous chemicals 
into the air, land, or water. North Shore's employees are hybrid 
driver/operator/technicians, so the total on-duty time can be a 
challenge, especially after normal work hours. Other job duties include 
industrial maintenance, spill response, sampling, lab packing and waste 
management. With the current driver shortage, obtaining qualified 
drivers with these additional skills and experience has become 
problematic.
    North Shore is requesting relief from 49 CFR 395.3(a)(2), commonly 
known as the ``14-hour rule.'' North Shore states that the hours-of-
service (HOS) rules have always been an issue for emergency response 
companies. The national shortage of drivers, and in its case, drivers 
with specialized safety and environmental training, has been worsening 
over the last few years, making this a critical issue. North Shore is 
requesting this exemption to allow the company to respond to a release 
or threat of a release of oil and other hazardous materials. North 
Shore is requesting relief from this regulation with the following 
conditions:
     On-duty period will not exceed 4.5 additional hours for 
initial response;
     Any driver who exceeds the 14-hour period would in no case 
exceed a total of 8 hours drive time;
     Drivers would not exceed 70 hours on duty in 8 days;
     Drivers would be required to take 10 hours off duty, 
subsequent to the duty day; and
     All activities would be subject to the electronic logging 
device rule.
    According to North Shore, there would be a significant challenge in 
responding to environmental emergencies if the exemption was not 
granted. The initial response hours are the most critical in an 
environmental emergency and the ability to quickly respond is vital. 
North Shore believes that a tightly managed exemption actually provides 
a risk averse situation by discouraging potentially unmanaged risk 
taking. If the exemption is not granted, there could be a disruption of 
nation/regional commerce activities, including power restoration 
activities and protection of interstate commerce and infrastructure. 
Granting the exemption would mitigate public transportation 
disruptions, much as tow trucks do when moving wrecked or disabled 
vehicles under 49 CFR 390.23(a)(ii)(3).

IV. Method To Ensure an Equivalent or Greater Level of Safety

    North Shore believes that the proposed relief, and the parameters 
in which their drivers operate, would continue to provide the highest 
level of safety and compliance, while carefully responding to incidents 
that threaten public safety and the environment. Safety is always the 
primary objective and guiding principle of all of North Shore's 
business activities as demonstrated by the following:
     North Shore has specific policies on ``fatigue and 
transportation management.''
     Health and safety is paramount for all operations dealing 
with environmental emergencies and would remain the case when utilizing 
the exemption.
     Drivers who utilize this exemption may come back into 
compliance and restart the computation of maximum driving time only 
after 10 hours off duty which starts at the end of their extended hours 
period.
     The exemption would not exempt drivers or the company from 
the requirements relating to the CDL, drug/alcohol testing, hazardous 
materials, size and weight, or State/Federal registration and tax 
requirements.

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     North Shore understands the concepts of risk management 
and mitigation.
     North Shore maintains a multitude of safety, security, 
annual medical surveillance, and training plans, as well as 
comprehensive drug and alcohol programs compliant with multiple DOT 
departments.
     North Shore has vigorous preventative maintenance programs 
specific to the equipment they own and operate.
    North Shore believes an equivalent level of safety will be achieved 
if their drivers are exempt from the requirements as described in this 
notice. The requested exemption is for 5 years. A copy of the 
application for exemption is available for review in the docket for 
this notice.

    Issued on: December 7, 2018.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2018-27338 Filed 12-17-18; 8:45 am]
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