Southwest Gulf Railroad Company-Construction and Operation Exemption-in Medina County, TX
On February 27, 2003, Southwest Gulf Railroad Company (SGR) filed a petition with the Surface Transportation Board (Board) pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 10502 for authority to construct and operate a rail line approximately seven miles long from a Vulcan Construction Materials, LP (VCM) proposed limestone quarry to a Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) rail line near Dunlay, Texas. SGR proposed construction and operation of the rail line to transport limestone aggregate from VCM's proposed quarry to the UP rail line. SGR anticipates operating approximately four trains per day (comprising two inbound empty and two outbound loaded trains). Each train would consist of 100 railcars. The Board's Section of Environmental Analysis (SEA) has prepared the FEIS was pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), 42 United States Code (U.S.C.) 4231 et seq. Under NEPA, the Board must consider the environmental impacts of actions requiring Board authorization and complete its environmental review before making a final decision on a proposed action. SEA is the office within the Board that carries out the Board's responsibilities and related environmental laws and regulations, including the Council on Environmental Quality's (CEQ) regulations for implementing NEPA at 40 CFR Part 1500; the Board's environmental regulations at 49 CFR Part 1105; and the Section 106 National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA) process.
Disclosure of Rail Interchange Commitments
The Surface Transportation Board is amending its regulations to require that parties seeking to obtain an individual exemption for, or to invoke a class exemption covering, a transaction involving the sale or lease of a railroad line identify any provision in their agreements that would restrict the ability of the purchaser or tenant railroad to interchange traffic with a rail carrier other than the seller or landlord railroad (interchange commitment). The rules also provide a procedure whereby a shipper or other affected party may obtain access to such provisions. The Board is adopting these regulations to facilitate the case-specific review of challenges involving interchange commitments and to facilitate the Board's monitoring of their usage. The final rule appears below.
Notice of Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting
Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee (RETAC), pursuant to section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, as amended (5 U.S.C., App. 2).
Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad Corporation-Acquisition Exemption-Line of BNSF Railway Company
Under 49 U.S.C. 10502, the Board is granting a petition for exemption from the prior approval requirements of 49 U.S.C. 10902 for Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad Corporation to acquire from BNSF Railway Company an approximately 3.5-mile rail line, known as the Yale Extension, extending from milepost 145.0 to milepost 148.5 in Yale, SD. The exemption is subject to employee protective conditions.
Railroad Revenue Adequacy-2006 Determination
On May 6, 2008, the Board served a decision announcing the 2006 revenue adequacy determinations for the Nation's Class I railroads. Three carriers, the BNSF Railway Company, the Norfolk Southern Railway Company and the Soo Line Railroad Company, are found to be revenue adequate.
Canadian National Railway Company and Grand Trunk Corporation-Control-EJ&E West Company
The Section of Environmental Analysis (SEA) issued the Final Scope of Study in the above-captioned proceeding on April 25, 2008 and published the Final Scope of Study in the Federal Register on April 28, 2008. It has come to our attention that a statement on page 7 of the Final Scope is confusing and open to various interpretations. Therefore, we will strike this language: