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Rail abandonment will allow storage of tank cars of liquid wastes from 
Safety Kleen in Flint/Burton......

[Federal Register: April 26, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 80)]
[Page 20918-20919]
 From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]


Surface Transportation Board
[STB Docket No. AB-55 (Sub-No. 633X)]

CSX Transportation, Inc.--Abandonment Exemption--in Genesee County, MI

    On April 6, 2007, CSX Transportation, Inc. (CSXT) filed with the
Board a petition under 49 U.S.C. 10502 for exemption from the
provisions of 49 U.S.C. 10903 to abandon a 1.78-mile line of railroad
in its Northern Region, Chicago Division, Saginaw Subdivision,
extending from Valuation Station 9195+50 to Valuation Station 9289+36,
known as the Old Mainline in Atwood Yard, in the cities of Flint and
Burton, in Genesee County, MI. The line traverses United States Postal
Service Zip Codes 48503 and 48529, and includes no stations.
    In addition to an exemption from the prior approval requirements of
49 U.S.C. 10903, CSXT seeks exemption from 49 U.S.C. 10904 [offer of
financial assistance (OFA) procedures]. In support, CSXT states that it
intends to reclassify the track as excepted track and sell or lease it
to Clean Harbors Environmental Services, formerly known as Safety Kleen
Industries, the only shipper on the line. According to CSXT, the line
is no longer needed for common carrier service, and the shipper wants
to acquire a portion of the line to switch and store its cars within
its facility without incurring a common carrier obligation. This
request will be addressed in the final decision.
    The line does not contain federally granted rights-of-way. Any
documentation in CSXT's possession will be made available promptly to
those requesting it.
    The interest of railroad employees will be protected by the
conditions set forth in Oregon Short Line R. Co.--Abandonment--Goshen,
360 I.C.C. 91 (1979).
    By issuing this notice, the Board is instituting an exemption
proceeding pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 10502(b). A final decision will be
issued by July 25, 2007.
    Any OFA under 49 CFR 1152.27(b)(2) will be due no later than 10 days
after service of a decision granting the petition for exemption. Each OFA
must be accompanied by a $1,300 filing fee. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(25).
    All interested persons should be aware that, following abandonment
of rail service and salvage of the line, the line may be suitable for
other public use, including interim trail use. Any request for a public
use condition under 49 CFR 1152.28 or for trail use/rail banking under
49 CFR 1152.29 will be due no later than May 16, 2007. Each trail use
request must be accompanied by a $200 filing fee. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(27).
    All filings in response to this notice must refer to STB Docket No.
AB-55 (Sub-No. 633X), and must be sent to: (1) Surface Transportation
Board, 395 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20423-0001; and (2) Steven C.
Armbrust, 500 Water Street--J150, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Replies to
the petition are due on or before May 16, 2007.
    Persons seeking further information concerning abandonment
procedures may contact the Board's Office of Public Services at (202)
245-0230 or refer to the full abandonment or discontinuance regulations
at 49 CFR part 1152. Questions concerning environmental issues may be
directed to the Board's Section of Environmental Analysis (SEA) at
(202) 245-0305. [Assistance for the hearing impaired is available
through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.]
    An environmental assessment (EA) (or environmental impact statement
(EIS), if necessary) prepared by SEA will be served upon all parties of
record and upon any agencies or other persons who

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commented during its preparation. Other interested persons may contact
SEA to obtain a copy of the EA (or EIS). EAs in these abandonment
proceedings normally will be made available within 60 days of the
filing of the petition. The deadline for submission of comments on the
EA will generally be within 30 days of its service.
    Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at <A HREF="http://www.stb.dot.gov";>

    Decided: April 20, 2007.

    By the Board, David M. Konschnik, Director, Office of Proceedings.
Vernon A. Williams,
[FR Doc. E7-8011 Filed 4-25-07; 8:45 am]


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