SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD DECISION DOCUMENT
    Decision Information

Docket Number:  
EP_711_0

Case Title:  
PETITION FOR RULEMAKING TO ADOPT REVISED COMPETITIVE SWITCHING RULES

Decision Type:  
Decision

Deciding Body:  
Director Of Proceedings

    Decision Summary

Decision Notes:  
DECISION ISSUED A REVISED LIST OF SPEAKERS FOR THE HEARING SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 25 AND 26, 2014.

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    Full Text of Decision

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43703                      SERVICE DATE – LATE RELEASE MARCH 21, 2014

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SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD

 

DECISION

 

Docket No. EP 711

 

PETITION FOR RULEMAKING TO ADOPT REVISED

COMPETITIVE SWITCHING RULES

 

Decided:  March 21, 2014

 

            By decision served on July 25, 2012, the Board began a proceeding to consider a proposal submitted by The National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) to modify the Board’s standards for mandatory competitive switching.  Under the proposal, certain captive shippers located in terminal areas would be granted access to a competing railroad if there is a working interchange within a reasonable distance (30 miles under NITL’s proposal).  In its decision, the Board sought empirical information about the impact of the proposal if it were to be adopted.  The Board received numerous comments in response to its decision and scheduled a public hearing for October 22, 2013, which was postponed due to the Government shutdown.    

 

            In a decision served on February 3, 2014, the Board rescheduled the hearing for March 25 and 26, 2014, beginning at 9:30 a.m., in the Hearing Room at the Board’s headquarters located at 395 E Street, S.W., Washington, DC.  Based on notices of intent to participate in the hearing solicited earlier in this proceeding, the Board set forth a list of speakers and asked parties to notify the Board of any changes in intent to participate.

 

            Based on responses received to the February 3, 2014 decision, the Board is issuing a revised list of speakers, which is attached as the Appendix to this decision.  The revised list reflects substituted speakers for NITL, Interested Agricultural Parties, Joint Coal Shippers, the American Chemistry Council, and the Dow Chemical Company.  It also reflects that Interested Agricultural Parties’ time allotted has been changed from 10 minutes to 15 minutes. 

 

            This action will not significantly affect either the quality of the human environment or the conservation of energy resources.

 

            It is ordered:

 

            1.  Time for the hearing is allotted as reflected in the Appendix to this decision.

 

            2.  This decision is effective on the date of service.

 

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


APPENDIX—SCHEDULE OF APPEARANCES

 

tuesday, March 25, 2014 (commencing AT 9:30 a.m.)

 

Party                                                                                                               Time Allotted

 

Panel I

 

U.S. Department of Transportation                                                                5 minutes

            Christopher S. Perry

 

Panel II

 

The National Industrial Transportation League                                              50 minutes

            Bruce Carlton

            Karyn Booth

            Nick DiMichael

            Jay Roman

            Walter Schuchmann

 

Panel III

 

Association of American Railroads                                                               50 minutes

Michael R. Baranowski

William J. Rennicke

B. Kelly Eakin

Phil C. Ireland

Samuel M. Sipe, Jr.

 

American Short Line & Regional Railroad Association                                 15 minutes

            Richard F. Timmons

 

Panel IV

 

Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation                                                   20 minutes

            Eric Von Salzen

            Michael A. Nelson

 

Interested Agricultural Parties                                                                        15 minutes

            Sharon Clark

 

Joint Coal Shippers                                                                                         5 minutes

            Christopher A. Mills

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX—SCHEDULE OF APPEARANCES

 

WEDNESDAY, March 26, 2014 (COMMENCING AT 9:30 a.m.)

 

Panel V

 

BNSF Railway Company                                                                               10 minutes

            Jill K. Mulligan

 

CSX Transportation, Inc.                                                                                10 minutes

            Cressie Brown

 

The Kansas City Southern Railway Company                                               5 minutes

            David Konschnik

 

Norfolk Southern Railway Company                                                             10 minutes

            Rush Bailey

 

Union Pacific Railroad Company                                                                   10 minutes

            Thomas C. Haley

 

Panel VI

 

The American Chemistry Council                                                                   10 minutes

            Jeffrey O. Moreno

 

The Chlorine Institute                                                                                     5 minutes

            Eddie Johnston

 

Diversified CPC International, Inc.                                                                10 minutes

            Sandra Dearden

 

The Dow Chemical Company                                                                         10 minutes

            David E. Kepler

 

Indorama Ventures EO & Glycols, Inc., et al.                                               15 minutes

            Phillip C. Rine

            Tom O’Connor

 

Panel VII

 

United Transportation Union-New York State Legislative Board                 5 minutes

            Gordon P. MacDougall

 

Wolfe Research                                                                                               10 minutes

            Scott H. Group