BNSF Railway Company-Trackage Rights Exemption-Omaha Public Power District, 64214 [2020-22412]

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At its discretion, the Department may decide to reallocate among existing sponsors Forms DS–2019 from any sponsors who cease to operate in the Au pair program once the moratorium is in effect. The Department expects this moratorium to remain in effect while it completes the above-referenced review of the program and determines next steps, including potential modifications to the program. Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State. [FR Doc. 2020–22454 Filed 10–8–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–05–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Oct 08, 2020 Jkt 253001 SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD [Docket No. FD 33662 (Sub-No. 2)] BNSF Railway Company—Trackage Rights Exemption—Omaha Public Power District BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(7) for the acquisition of local trackage rights over an approximately 56.65-mile rail line in Otoe and Lancaster Counties, Neb. (the Line) owned by Omaha Public Power District (OPPD). The Line is comprised of two line segments with noncontiguous mileposts: (1) A line segment between milepost 56.3, near College View, and milepost 4.95, near Nebraska City; and (2) a connecting line segment between milepost 0.7, near Nebraska City, and milepost 6.0, near Arbor.1 The verified notice states that the purpose of the trackage rights is to permit BNSF to provide service over the Line to OPPD’s Nebraska City Power Station and to shippers other than OPPD located along the Line. The transaction may be consummated on or after October 25, 2020, the effective date of the exempion (30 days after the verified notice of exemption was filed). As a condition to this exemption, any employees affected by the acquisition of trackage rights will be protected by the conditions imposed in Norfolk & Western Railway—Trackage Rights— Burlington Northern, Inc., 354 I.C.C. 605 (1978), as modified in Mendocino Coast Railway—Lease & Operate—California Western Railroad, 360 I.C.C. 653 (1980). If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. Petitions to revoke the exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) may be filed at any time. The filing of a petition to revoke will not automatically stay the effectiveness of the exemption. Petitions for stay must be filed by October 16, 2020 (at least seven days before the exemption becomes effective). All pleadings, referring to Docket No. FD 33662 (Sub-No. 2), must be filed with the Surface Transportation Board, either via e-filing or in writing addressed to 395 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20423–0001. In addition, a copy of each pleading must 1 A redacted version of the agreement between BNSF and OPPD was filed with BNSF’s verified notice of exemption. BNSF simultaneously filed a motion for a protective order to protect the confidential and commercially sensitive information in the unredacted version of the agreement, which BNSF submitted under seal. That motion will be addressed in a separate decision. PO 00000 Frm 00107 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 be served on BNSF’s representative, Peter W. Denton, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, 1330 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036. According to BNSF, this action is categorically excluded from environmental review under 49 CFR 1105.6(c), and from historic reporting under 49 CFR 1105.8(b)(3). Board decisions and notices are available at www.stb.gov. Decided: October 5, 2020. By the Board, Allison C. Davis, Director, Office of Proceedings. Regena Smith-Bernard, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2020–22412 Filed 10–8–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD [Docket No. FD 36443] Illinois Central Railroad Company— Trackage Rights Exemption—Terminal Railway Alabama State Docks Illinois Central Railroad Company (IC), a Class I railroad, has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(7) to acquire overhead trackage rights on the relocated Brookley Lead, owned by the Terminal Railway Alabama State Docks (TASD),1 which extends from the connection with IC’s rail line at Frascati Interlocking near South Lawrence and Baker Streets to the connection at South Broad Street with IC’s track into the Brookley Field Complex 2 (the Complex), a distance of approximately 1.8 miles in Mobile, Ala.3 IC states that the trackage rights will replace IC’s existing operating rights over TASD’s former Brookley Lead route, which, according to IC, TASD acquired as ancillary track from IC’s predecessor in 1982.4 The verified notice states that the proposed transaction will preserve IC’s rights to access the Complex over the relocated Brookley Lead. The proposed 1 IC states that TASD is a department of the Alabama State Port Authority and a Class III switching and terminal carrier that operates approximately 75 miles of trackage serving the Port of Mobile and the surrounding area. 2 IC states that the Brookley Field Complex is also known as the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. 3 An executed copy of the trackage rights agreement between IC and TASD was filed with IC’s verified notice of exemption. According to IC, the Brookley Lead does not have mileposts. 4 IC states that its predecessor did not seek trackage rights authority for its operations over the Brookley Lead because of the ancillary nature of the trackage involved. IC further states, however, that, because it intends to utilize the rerouted Brookley Lead on an overhead basis to connect its mainline with its own ancillary trackage serving the Complex, it has filed this notice to obtain an exemption for such trackage rights operations. E:\FR\FM\09OCN1.SGM 09OCN1

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SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD

[Docket No. FD 33662 (Sub-No. 2)]


BNSF Railway Company--Trackage Rights Exemption--Omaha Public 
Power District

    BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) has filed a verified notice of 
exemption under 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(7) for the acquisition of local 
trackage rights over an approximately 56.65-mile rail line in Otoe and 
Lancaster Counties, Neb. (the Line) owned by Omaha Public Power 
District (OPPD). The Line is comprised of two line segments with 
noncontiguous mileposts: (1) A line segment between milepost 56.3, near 
College View, and milepost 4.95, near Nebraska City; and (2) a 
connecting line segment between milepost 0.7, near Nebraska City, and 
milepost 6.0, near Arbor.\1\
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    \1\ A redacted version of the agreement between BNSF and OPPD 
was filed with BNSF's verified notice of exemption. BNSF 
simultaneously filed a motion for a protective order to protect the 
confidential and commercially sensitive information in the 
unredacted version of the agreement, which BNSF submitted under 
seal. That motion will be addressed in a separate decision.
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    The verified notice states that the purpose of the trackage rights 
is to permit BNSF to provide service over the Line to OPPD's Nebraska 
City Power Station and to shippers other than OPPD located along the 
Line.
    The transaction may be consummated on or after October 25, 2020, 
the effective date of the exempion (30 days after the verified notice 
of exemption was filed).
    As a condition to this exemption, any employees affected by the 
acquisition of trackage rights will be protected by the conditions 
imposed in Norfolk & Western Railway--Trackage Rights--Burlington 
Northern, Inc., 354 I.C.C. 605 (1978), as modified in Mendocino Coast 
Railway--Lease & Operate--California Western Railroad, 360 I.C.C. 653 
(1980).
    If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, 
the exemption is void ab initio. Petitions to revoke the exemption 
under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) may be filed at any time. The filing of a 
petition to revoke will not automatically stay the effectiveness of the 
exemption. Petitions for stay must be filed by October 16, 2020 (at 
least seven days before the exemption becomes effective).
    All pleadings, referring to Docket No. FD 33662 (Sub-No. 2), must 
be filed with the Surface Transportation Board, either via e-filing or 
in writing addressed to 395 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20423-0001. In 
addition, a copy of each pleading must be served on BNSF's 
representative, Peter W. Denton, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, 1330 
Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036.
    According to BNSF, this action is categorically excluded from 
environmental review under 49 CFR 1105.6(c), and from historic 
reporting under 49 CFR 1105.8(b)(3).
    Board decisions and notices are available at www.stb.gov.


    Decided: October 5, 2020.

    By the Board, Allison C. Davis, Director, Office of Proceedings.
Regena Smith-Bernard,
Clearance Clerk.
[FR Doc. 2020-22412 Filed 10-8-20; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4915-01-P