DATE — NOVEMBER 21, 2011
Surface Transportation Board
Docket No. EP 670 (Sub-No. 2)
NOTICE OF RAIL ENERGY TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE VACANCY
AGENCY: Surface Transportation Board.
ACTION: Notice of vacancy on federal
advisory committee and solicitation of nominations.
SUMMARY: The Surface Transportation
Board (Board), hereby gives notice of a vacancy on the Board’s Rail Energy
Transportation Advisory Committee for a representative of a state- or
municipally-owned electric utility. The
Board is soliciting suggestions for candidates to fill that vacancy.
DATES: Suggestions of candidates for
membership on RETAC are due December 21, 2011.
ADDRESSES: Suggestions may be submitted
either via the Board’s e-filing format or in the traditional paper format. Any person using e-filing should attach a
document and otherwise comply with the instructions at the E-FILING link on the
Board’s website, at http://www.stb.dot.gov.
Any person submitting a filing in the traditional paper format should
send an original and 10 copies to:
Surface Transportation Board, Attn:
STB Docket No. EP 670 (Sub-No. 2), 395 E Street, S.W., Washington,
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Scott
M. Zimmerman at 202-245-0386. [Assistance for the hearing impaired is available
through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.]
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Board,
created by Congress in 1996 to take over many of the functions previously performed
by the Interstate Commerce Commission, exercises broad authority over
transportation by rail carriers, including regulation of railroad rates and
service (49 U.S.C. §§ 10701-10747, 11101-11124), as well as the
construction, acquisition, operation, and abandonment of rail lines
(49 U.S.C. §§ 10901-10907) and railroad line sales, consolidations,
mergers, and common control arrangements (49 U.S.C. §§ 10902,
2007, the Board established RETAC as a federal advisory committee consisting of
a balanced cross-section of energy and rail industry stakeholders to provide
independent, candid policy advice to the Board and to foster open, effective
communication among the affected interests on issues such as rail performance,
capacity constraints, infrastructure planning and development, and effective
coordination among suppliers, carriers, and users of energy resources. RETAC operates subject to the Federal
Advisory Committee Act.
membership is balanced and representative of interested and affected parties,
consisting of not less than: 5
representatives from the Class I railroads, 3 representatives from Class II and
III railroads, 3 representatives from coal producers, 5 representatives from
electric utilities (including at least 1 rural electric cooperative and 1
state- or municipally-owned utility), 4 representatives from biofuel refiners,
processors, or distributors, or biofuel feedstock growers or providers, and 2
representatives from private car owners, car lessors, or car manufacturers. RETAC may also include up to 3 members with
relevant experience but not necessarily affiliated with one of the
aforementioned industries or sectors.
Members are selected by the Chairman of the Board with the concurrence
of a majority of the Board. The Chairman
of the Board may invite representatives from the U.S. Departments of
Agriculture, Energy and Transportation and the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission to serve on RETAC in advisory capacities as ex officio (non-voting) members, and the 3 members of the Board
serve as ex officio members of the
Committee as well.
meets at least twice per year. Meetings
are generally held at the Board’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., but may be
held in other locations. Members of
RETAC serve without compensation and without reimbursement of travel expenses
unless reimbursement of such expenses is authorized in advance by the Board’s
Managing Director. RETAC members
appointed or reappointed after June 18, 2010, are prohibited from serving as
federally registered lobbyists during their RETAC term.
vacancy currently exists on RETAC for a representative of a state- or
municipally-owned electric utility to complete the remainder of a 3-year term
ending September 30, 2012. (Under the
RETAC Charter, once appointed, RETAC members may be reappointed by the Chairman
of the Board.) Suggestions for a
representative to fill this vacancy should be submitted in letter form and
should include: (1) the name of the
candidate, (2) the interest the candidate will represent, (3) a summary of the
candidate’s experience and qualifications for the position, (4) a
representation that the candidate is willing to serve as a member of RETAC, and
(5) a representation that the candidate is not a federally registered lobbyist. Suggestions for candidates for membership on
RETAC should be filed with the Board by December 21, 2011. Please note that submissions will be
available to the public at the Board’s offices and posted on the Board’s
website under Docket No. EP 670 (Sub-No. 2).
This action will not significantly affect either the quality of the human
environment or the conservation of energy resources.
Authority: 49 U.S.C. §§ 721, 49
U.S.C. 11101; 49 U.S.C. 11121.
Decided: November 21, 2011.
By the Board, Joseph H. Dettmar, Acting Director, Office of Proceedings.