Notice of Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee Vacancies
The Surface Transportation Board (Board), hereby gives notice of four vacancies on the Board's Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee for (1) a representative from a state- or municipally-owned electric utility, (2) a representative from a biofuel refiner, processor, or distributor, or biofuel feedstock grower or provider, (3) a representative from a coal producer, and (4) a representative from a petroleum producer or shipper. The Board is soliciting suggestions for candidates to fill those vacancies.
Solid Waste Rail Transfer Facilities
These final rules govern land-use-exemption permits for solid waste rail transfer facilities. The Clean Railroads Act of 2008 amended the U.S. Code to restrict the jurisdiction of the Surface Transportation Board over solid waste rail transfer facilities. The Act also added three new statutory provisions that address the Board's regulation of such facilities, which is now limited to issuance of ``land-use-exemption permits'' in certain circumstances. In 2009, as required by the Act, the Board issued interim rules. In 2011, based on the comments received and further evaluation, the Board revised the 2009 Rules and sought comments on the changes. After further evaluation and review of the comments received on the 2011 Rules, the Board now adopts the 2011 Rules as final rules with minor modification.
V and S Railway, LLC-Acquisition and Operation Exemption-Colorado Department of Transportation
The Board is granting an exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502 from the prior approval requirements of 49 U.S.C. 10902 and 49 CFR 1150.1 et seq., for V and S Railway, LLC (V&S), a Class III rail carrier, to acquire approximately 121.9 miles of rail line between milepost 747.5, near Towner, and milepost 869.4, near NA Junction in Pueblo, Crowley, and Kiowa Counties, Colo. (the Towner Line). V&S filed its petition for exemption because, in an earlier Board proceeding, it received Board authority only to operate over the Towner Line by assignment of the lease of the previous operator.\1\ However, V&S had actually purchased the Towner Line from the owner, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), which V&S has operated since December 29, 2005.
Union Pacific Railroad Company-Temporary Trackage Rights Exemption-BNSF Railway Company
Under 49 U.S.C. Sec. 10502, the Board revokes the class exemption as it pertains to the trackage rights described in Docket No. FD 34554 (Sub-No. 16) \1\ to permit the trackage rights to expire on or about December 31, 2012, in accordance with the agreement of the parties,\2\ subject to the employee protective conditions set forth in Oregon Short Line Railroad Abandonment Portion Goshen Branch Between Firth & Ammon, in Bingham & Bonneville Counties, Idaho, 360 I.C.C. 91 (1979).
Information Required in Notices and Petitions Containing Interchange Commitments
Through this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR), the Board is proposing a rule establishing additional disclosure requirements for notices and petitions for exemption where the underlying lease or line sale includes an interchange commitment.