Wisconsin Central Ltd.-Abandonment Exemption-in Lincoln County, Wis.

 
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Federal Register, Volume 80 Issue 207 (Tuesday, October 27, 2015)

Federal Register Volume 80, Number 207 (Tuesday, October 27, 2015)

Notices

Pages 65850-65851

From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov

FR Doc No: 2015-27282

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Surface Transportation Board

Docket No. AB 303 (Sub-No. 47X)

Wisconsin Central Ltd.--Abandonment Exemption--in Lincoln County, Wis.

Wisconsin Central Ltd. (WCL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Canadian National Railway Company has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR pt. 1152 subpart F--Exempt Abandonments to abandon approximately 0.49 miles of railroad line (the Line). The Line extends between mileposts 132.89 and 133.38, in Tomahawk, Lincoln County, Wis., and traverses United States Postal Service Zip Code 54487.

WCL has certified that: (1) No local traffic has moved over the Line for at least two years; (2) there is no overhead traffic on the Line that would have to be rerouted over other lines; (3) no formal complaint filed by a user of rail service on the Line (or by a state or local government entity acting on behalf of such user) regarding cessation of service over the Line either is pending with the Surface Transportation Board (Board) or with any U.S. District Court or has been decided in favor of complainant within the two-year period; and (4) the requirements at 49 CFR 1105.7(c) (environmental report), 49 CFR 1105.11 (transmittal letter), 49 CFR 1105.12 (newspaper publication), and 49 CFR 1152.50(d)(1) (notice to governmental agencies) have been met.

As a condition to this exemption, any employee adversely affected by the abandonment shall be protected under Oregon Short Line Railroad--Abandonment Portion Goshen Branch Between Firth & Ammon, in Bingham & Bonneville Counties, Idaho, 360 I.C.C. 91 (1979). To address whether this condition adequately protects affected employees, a petition for partial revocation under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) must be filed.

Provided no formal expression of intent to file an offer of financial assistance (OFA) has been received, this exemption will become effective on November 26, 2015, unless stayed pending reconsideration. Petitions to stay that do not involve environmental issues,\1\ formal expressions of intent to file an OFA under 49 CFR 1152.27(c)(2),\2\ and interim trail use/rail banking requests under 49 CFR 1152.29 must be filed by November 6, 2015. Petitions to reopen or requests for public use conditions under 49 CFR 1152.28 must be filed by November 16, 2015, with the Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20423-0001.

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\1\ The Board will grant a stay if an informed decision on environmental issues (whether raised by a party or by the Board's Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) in its independent investigation) cannot be made before the exemption's effective date. See Exemption of Out-of-Serv. Rail Lines, 5 I.C.C. 2d 377 (1989). Any request for a stay should be filed as soon as possible so that the Board may take appropriate action before the exemption's effective date.

\2\ Each OFA must be accompanied by the filing fee, which is currently set at $1,600. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(25).

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A copy of any petition filed with the Board should be sent to WCL's representative: Audrey L. Brodrick, Fletcher & Sippel LLC, 29 N. Wacker Dr., Suite 920, Chicago, IL 60606.

If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio.

WCL has filed a combined environmental and historic report that addresses the effects, if any, of the

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abandonment on the environment and historic resources. OEA will issue an environmental assessment (EA) by October 30, 2015. Interested persons may obtain a copy of the EA by writing to OEA (Room 1100, Surface Transportation Board, Washington, DC 20423-0001) or by calling OEA at (202) 245-0305. Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Comments on environmental and historic preservation matters must be filed within 15 days after the EA becomes available to the public.

Environmental, historic preservation, public use, or interim trail use/rail banking conditions will be imposed, where appropriate, in a subsequent decision.

Pursuant to the provisions of 49 CFR 1152.29(e)(2), WCL shall file a notice of consummation with the Board to signify that it has exercised the authority granted and fully abandoned the Line. If consummation has not been effected by WCL's filing of a notice of consummation by October 27, 2016, and there are no legal or regulatory barriers to consummation, the authority to abandon will automatically expire.

Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at ``WWW.STB.DOT.GOV.''

Decided: October 22, 2015.

By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings.

Brendetta S. Jones,

Clearance Clerk.

FR Doc. 2015-27282 Filed 10-26-15; 8:45 am

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