|SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD DECISION DOCUMENT|
|PETITION FOR RULEMAKING TO ADOPT REVISED COMPETITIVE SWITCHING RULES|
|Director Of Proceedings|
|DECISION ISSUED A REVISED LIST OF SPEAKERS FOR THE HEARING SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 25 AND 26, 2014.|
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43703 SERVICE DATE – LATE RELEASE MARCH 21, 2014
SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD
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
U.S. Department of Transportation 5 minutes
Christopher S. Perry
The National Industrial Transportation League 50 minutes
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
Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation 20 minutes
Eric Von Salzen
Michael A. Nelson
Interested Agricultural Parties 15 minutes
Joint Coal Shippers 5 minutes
Christopher A. Mills
APPENDIX—SCHEDULE OF APPEARANCES
WEDNESDAY, March 26, 2014 (COMMENCING AT 9:30 a.m.)
BNSF Railway Company 10 minutes
Jill K. Mulligan
CSX Transportation, Inc. 10 minutes
The Kansas City Southern Railway Company 5 minutes
Norfolk Southern Railway Company 10 minutes
Union Pacific Railroad Company 10 minutes
Thomas C. Haley
The American Chemistry Council 10 minutes
Jeffrey O. Moreno
The Chlorine Institute 5 minutes
Diversified CPC International, Inc. 10 minutes
The Dow Chemical Company 10 minutes
David E. Kepler
Indorama Ventures EO & Glycols, Inc., et al. 15 minutes
Phillip C. Rine
United Transportation Union-New York State Legislative Board 5 minutes
Gordon P. MacDougall
Wolfe Research 10 minutes
Scott H. Group