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Southwest Gulf Railroad Company-Construction and Operation Exemption-Medina County, TX

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Surface Transportation Board, DOT.


Notice of exemption.


Under 49 U.S.C. 10502, the Board conditionally exempts from the prior approval requirements of 49 U.S.C. 10901 the construction and operation by Southwest Gulf Railroad Company (SGR) of an approximately 7-mile line of railroad in Medina County, TX. The planned line will extend from Vulcan Construction Materials, LP's [1] proposed quarry in the north central part of the county to a connection at approximately milepost 250 near Dunlay of the Del Rio Subdivision of the Union Pacific Railroad Company.


The exemption will not become effective until the environmental review process is completed. Once that process is completed, the Board will issue a further decision addressing the environmental matters and establishing an exemption effective date at that time, if appropriate. Petitions to reopen must be filed by June 9, 2003.


An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to STB Finance Docket No. 34284, must be filed with the Surface Transportation Board, 1925 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20423-0001. In addition, one copy of all pleadings must be served on petitioner's representative: David H. Coburn, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, 1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20036.

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Beryl Gordon (202) 565-1600. [Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.]

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Additional information is contained in the Board's decision. Copies of the decision may be purchased from Dā 2 Dā Legal Copy Service by calling (202) 293-7776 (assistance for the hearing impaired is available through FIRS at 1-800-877-8339) or by visiting Suite 405, 1925 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20006. Start Printed Page 27142

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

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Decided: May 9, 2003.

By the Board, Chairman Nober and Commissioner Morgan.

Vernon A. Williams,


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1.  Vulcan Construction Materials, LP is a subsidiary of Vulcan Materials Company, and SGR is affiliated with Vulcan Materials Company through common ownership.

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[FR Doc. 03-12263 Filed 5-16-03; 8:45 am]