30-Day Notice of Intent To Seek Extension of Approval of Collection: Statutory Licensing Authority, 37147-37148 [2020-13103]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 119 / Friday, June 19, 2020 / Notices khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20423–0001 and to PRA@stb.gov. For further information regarding this collection, contact Michael Higgins, Deputy Director, Office of Public Assistance, Governmental Affairs (OPAGAC), and Compliance, at (202) 245–0284 or michael.higgins@stb.gov. Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice replaces a notice prematurely published on May 29, 2020 (85 FR 32437). 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. Submitted comments will be summarized and included in the Board’s request for OMB approval. Description of Collection Title: Report of Fuel Cost, Consumption, and Surcharge Revenue. OMB Control Number: 2140–0014. STB Form Number: None. Type of Review: Extension without change. Respondents: Class I [large] railroads. Number of Respondents: Seven. Estimated Time per Response: One hour. Frequency: Quarterly. Total Burden Hours (annually including all respondents): 28. Total ‘‘Non-hour Burden’’ Cost: None identified. Filings are submitted electronically to the Board. Needs and Uses: Under 49 U.S.C. 10702, the Board has the authority to address the reasonableness of a rail carrier’s practices. This information collection permits the Board to monitor the current fuel surcharge practices of the Class I carriers. Failure to collect this information would impede the Board’s ability to fulfill its statutory responsibilities. The Board has authority to collect information about rail costs and revenues under 49 U.S.C. 11144 and 11145. Under the PRA, a federal agency that conducts or sponsors a collection of information must display a currently valid OMB control number. A collection of information, which is defined in 44 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:17 Jun 18, 2020 Jkt 250001 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c), includes agency requirements that persons submit reports, keep records, or provide information to the agency, third parties, or the public. Section 3507(b) of the PRA requires, concurrent with an agency’s submitting a collection to OMB for approval, a 30-day notice and comment period through publication in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information. Dated: June 12, 2020. Jeffrey Herzig, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2020–13102 Filed 6–18–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD 30-Day Notice of Intent To Seek Extension of Approval of Collection: Statutory Licensing Authority Surface Transportation Board. Notice; withdrawal and request for comments. AGENCY: ACTION: As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) gives notice of its intent to seek approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for an extension of approval for the information collection required from those seeking statutory licensing authority, as described below. The Board previously published a notice about this collection in the Federal Register on April 17, 2020. That notice allowed for a 60-day public review and comment period. No comments were received. DATES: The document published on May 29, 2020 (85 FR 32436) is withdrawn as of June 19, 2020. Comments on this information collection should be submitted by July 20, 2020. ADDRESSES: Written comments should be identified as ‘‘Paperwork Reduction Act Comments, Surface Transportation Board: Statutory Licensing Authority.’’ Written comments for the proposed information collection should be submitted via www.reginfo.gov/public/ do/PRAMain. This information collection can be accessed by selecting ‘‘Currently under Review—Open for Public Comments’’ or by using the search function. As an alternative, written comments may be directed to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Michael J. McManus, Surface Transportation Board Desk Officer: by email at oira_submission@ SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00088 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 37147 omb.eop.gov; by fax at (202) 395–1743; or by mail to Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20503. Please also direct comments to Chris Oehrle, PRA Officer, Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20423–0001 and to PRA@stb.gov. For further information regarding this collection, contact Michael Higgins, Deputy Director, Office of Public Assistance, Governmental Affairs (OPAGAC), and Compliance, at (202) 245–0284 or michael.higgins@stb.gov. Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice replaces a notice prematurely published on May 29, 2020 (85 FR 32436). 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. Submitted comments will be summarized and included in the Board’s request for OMB approval. Description of Collection Title: Statutory Licensing Authority. OMB Control Number: 2140–0023. STB Form Number: None. Type of Review: Extension without change. Respondents: Rail carriers and noncarriers seeking statutory licensing or consolidation authority, an exemption from filing an application for such authority, or interchange commitments. Number of Respondents: 80. Estimated Time per Response: ESTIMATED HOURS PER RESPONSE Type of filing Applications .......................... Petitions * .............................. Notices * ................................ Interchange commitments .... Frequency: On occasion. E:\FR\FM\19JNN1.SGM 19JNN1 Number of hours per response under 49 U.S.C. 10901–03 and 11323–26 524 58 19 8 37148 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 119 / Friday, June 19, 2020 / Notices AVERAGE ANNUAL NUMBER OF RESPONSES FOR FY 2017–2019 Type of filing Average number of filings per year under 49 U.S.C. 10901–03 and 11323–26 Applications .......................... Petitions * .............................. Notices * ................................ 3 12 103 Total Burden Hours (annually AVERAGE ANNUAL NUMBER OF RESPONSES FOR FY 2017–2019— including all respondents): 4,257 (sum of estimated hours per response × Continued Average number of filings per year under 49 U.S.C. 10901–03 and 11323–26 Type of filing Interchange commitments .... number of responses for each type of filing). 4 TOTAL ANNUAL BURDEN HOURS Hours per response Type of filing Annual number of filings Total annual burden hours Applications ................................................................................................................................ Petitions * ................................................................................................................................... Notices * ..................................................................................................................................... Interchange commitments ......................................................................................................... 524 58 19 8 3 12 103 4 1,572 696 1,957 32 Total annual burden hours ................................................................................................. ........................ .......................... 4,257 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES * Under section 10502, petitions for exemption and notices of exemption are permitted in lieu of an application. Total ‘‘Non-hour Burden’’ Cost: Because Board collections are submitted electronically to the Board, there is no cost for filing with the Board. However, for some filings, respondents are sometimes required to send consultation letters to various other governmental agencies. Copies of these letters are part of an environmental and historic report that must be filed with this collection (unless waived by the Board). Because some of these other agencies may require hard copy letters, there may be some limited mailing costs, which staff estimates in total to be approximately $1,750. Needs and Uses: As mandated by Congress, persons seeking to construct, acquire or operate a line of railroad and railroads seeking to abandon or to discontinue operations over a line of railroad or, in the case of two or more railroads, to consolidate their interests through merger or a common-control arrangement are required to file an application for prior approval and authority with the Board. See 49 U.S.C. 10901–03, 11323–26. Under 49 U.S.C. 10502, persons may seek an exemption from many of the application requirements of sections 10901–03 and 11323–26 by filing with the Board a petition for exemption or notice of exemption in lieu of an application. The collection by the Board of these applications, petitions, and notices (including collection of disclosures of rail interchange commitments under 49 CFR 1121.3(d), 1150.33(h), 1150.43(h), and 1180.4(g)(4)) enables the Board to meet its statutory duty to regulate the referenced rail transactions. In cases in VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:17 Jun 18, 2020 Jkt 250001 which the requests for authority involve agreements with interchange commitments that may limit the future interchange of traffic with third parties, certain information must be disclosed to the Board about those commitments. 49 CFR 1121.3(d), 1150.33(h), 1150.43(h), 1180.4(g)(4). The collection of this information facilitates the case-specific review of interchange commitments and enables the Board’s monitoring of their usage generally. Under the PRA, a Federal agency that conducts or sponsors a collection of information must display a currently valid OMB control number. A collection of information, which is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c), includes agency requirements that persons submit reports, keep records, or provide information to the agency, third parties, or the public. Section 3507(b) of the PRA requires, concurrent with an agency’s submitting a collection to OMB for approval, a 30-day notice and comment period through publication in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information. Dated: June 12, 2020. Jeffrey Herzig, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2020–13103 Filed 6–18–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00089 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD [Docket No. FD 36410] Northeast Texas Connector, LLC— Operating Exemption—Northeast Texas Rural Rail Transportation District Northeast Texas Connector, LLC (NETC), a noncarrier, has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1150.31 to operate a rail line owned by the Northeast Texas Rural Rail Transportation District (NETEX) located between milepost 555.0 in Greenville, Tex., and milepost 489.41 in Winfield, Tex., a distance of approximately 65.59 route miles (the Line).1 NETC states that the proposed transaction does not involve any provision or agreement that would limit future interchange with a third-party connecting carrier. NETC certifies that its projected annual revenues as a result of this transaction will not result in the creation of a Class II or Class I rail carrier and will not exceed $5 million. NETC has also filed a petition for waiver of 49 CFR 1150.32(b), which states that a notice of exemption will be effective 30 days after the notice is filed. NETC asks the Board to waive that provision and allow this notice to become effective after 23 days so that NETC can assume operations by June 1 On February 14, 2020, another carrier, The Blacklands Railroad (BLR), was granted an exemption to discontinue its operations on the Line and an adjacent 10.41-mile segment of track owned by Union Pacific Railroad Company. Blacklands R.R.—Discontinuance of Serv. Exemption—in Hunt, Delta, Hopkins, Franklin, & Titus Ctys., Tex., AB 1108 (Sub-No. 1X) (STB served Feb. 14, 2020). E:\FR\FM\19JNN1.SGM 19JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 119 (Friday, June 19, 2020)]
[Notices]
[Pages 37147-37148]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-13103]


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SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD


30-Day Notice of Intent To Seek Extension of Approval of 
Collection: Statutory Licensing Authority

AGENCY: Surface Transportation Board.

ACTION: Notice; withdrawal and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the 
Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) gives notice of its intent 
to seek approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for an 
extension of approval for the information collection required from 
those seeking statutory licensing authority, as described below. The 
Board previously published a notice about this collection in the 
Federal Register on April 17, 2020. That notice allowed for a 60-day 
public review and comment period. No comments were received.

DATES: The document published on May 29, 2020 (85 FR 32436) is 
withdrawn as of June 19, 2020. Comments on this information collection 
should be submitted by July 20, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be identified as ``Paperwork 
Reduction Act Comments, Surface Transportation Board: Statutory 
Licensing Authority.'' Written comments for the proposed information 
collection should be submitted via www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. 
This information collection can be accessed by selecting ``Currently 
under Review--Open for Public Comments'' or by using the search 
function. As an alternative, written comments may be directed to the 
Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory 
Affairs, Attention: Michael J. McManus, Surface Transportation Board 
Desk Officer: by email at [email protected]; by fax at (202) 
395-1743; or by mail to Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 
20503.
    Please also direct comments to Chris Oehrle, PRA Officer, Surface 
Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20423-0001 and to 
[email protected]. For further information regarding this collection, contact 
Michael Higgins, Deputy Director, Office of Public Assistance, 
Governmental Affairs (OPAGAC), and Compliance, at (202) 245-0284 or 
[email protected]. Assistance for the hearing impaired is 
available through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice replaces a notice prematurely 
published on May 29, 2020 (85 FR 32436). 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. Submitted comments will 
be summarized and included in the Board's request for OMB approval.

Description of Collection

    Title: Statutory Licensing Authority.
    OMB Control Number: 2140-0023.
    STB Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Extension without change.
    Respondents: Rail carriers and non-carriers seeking statutory 
licensing or consolidation authority, an exemption from filing an 
application for such authority, or interchange commitments.
    Number of Respondents: 80.
    Estimated Time per Response:

                      Estimated Hours per Response
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                                                             Number of
                                                             hours per
                                                          response under
                     Type of filing                          49 U.S.C.
                                                           10901-03 and
                                                             11323-26
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Applications............................................             524
Petitions *.............................................              58
Notices *...............................................              19
Interchange commitments.................................               8
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    Frequency: On occasion.

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           Average Annual Number of Responses for FY 2017-2019
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                                                              Average
                                                             number of
                                                            filings per
                     Type of filing                        year under 49
                                                           U.S.C. 10901-
                                                           03 and 11323-
----------------------------------------------------------------26------
Applications............................................               3
Petitions *.............................................              12
Notices *...............................................             103
Interchange commitments.................................               4
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    Total Burden Hours (annually including all respondents): 4,257 (sum 
of estimated hours per response x number of responses for each type of 
filing).

                                            Total Annual Burden Hours
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                                                                    Hours per     Annual number    Total annual
                         Type of filing                             response        of filings     burden hours
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Applications...................................................             524                3           1,572
Petitions *....................................................              58               12             696
Notices *......................................................              19              103           1,957
Interchange commitments........................................               8                4              32
                                                                ------------------------------------------------
    Total annual burden hours..................................  ..............  ...............           4,257
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* Under section 10502, petitions for exemption and notices of exemption are permitted in lieu of an application.

    Total ``Non-hour Burden'' Cost: Because Board collections are 
submitted electronically to the Board, there is no cost for filing with 
the Board. However, for some filings, respondents are sometimes 
required to send consultation letters to various other governmental 
agencies. Copies of these letters are part of an environmental and 
historic report that must be filed with this collection (unless waived 
by the Board). Because some of these other agencies may require hard 
copy letters, there may be some limited mailing costs, which staff 
estimates in total to be approximately $1,750.
    Needs and Uses: As mandated by Congress, persons seeking to 
construct, acquire or operate a line of railroad and railroads seeking 
to abandon or to discontinue operations over a line of railroad or, in 
the case of two or more railroads, to consolidate their interests 
through merger or a common-control arrangement are required to file an 
application for prior approval and authority with the Board. See 49 
U.S.C. 10901-03, 11323-26. Under 49 U.S.C. 10502, persons may seek an 
exemption from many of the application requirements of sections 10901-
03 and 11323-26 by filing with the Board a petition for exemption or 
notice of exemption in lieu of an application. The collection by the 
Board of these applications, petitions, and notices (including 
collection of disclosures of rail interchange commitments under 49 CFR 
1121.3(d), 1150.33(h), 1150.43(h), and 1180.4(g)(4)) enables the Board 
to meet its statutory duty to regulate the referenced rail 
transactions. In cases in which the requests for authority involve 
agreements with interchange commitments that may limit the future 
interchange of traffic with third parties, certain information must be 
disclosed to the Board about those commitments. 49 CFR 1121.3(d), 
1150.33(h), 1150.43(h), 1180.4(g)(4). The collection of this 
information facilitates the case-specific review of interchange 
commitments and enables the Board's monitoring of their usage 
generally.
    Under the PRA, a Federal agency that conducts or sponsors a 
collection of information must display a currently valid OMB control 
number. A collection of information, which is defined in 44 U.S.C. 
3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c), includes agency requirements that persons 
submit reports, keep records, or provide information to the agency, 
third parties, or the public. Section 3507(b) of the PRA requires, 
concurrent with an agency's submitting a collection to OMB for 
approval, a 30-day notice and comment period through publication in the 
Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, 
including each proposed extension of an existing collection of 
information.

    Dated: June 12, 2020.
Jeffrey Herzig,
Clearance Clerk.
[FR Doc. 2020-13103 Filed 6-18-20; 8:45 am]
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