North Shore Railroad Company (North Shore), a Class III rail carrier, has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1150.41 to acquire a rail operating easement over approximately 7 miles of rail line (the Line) in Luzerne County, Pa., that PPL Susquehanna, LLC (PPLS), and Allegheny Electric Cooperative, Inc. (AEC), the owners of the Line,
had acquired previously from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).
The Line, a portion of the former Bloomsburg Branch, extends from the eastern terminus of North Shore's existing rail line at milepost 176.97 at Berwick, to milepost 170.00 at the PPLS nuclear power plant near Hicks Ferry Road at Beach Haven.
From the point of connection with the Line, North Shore's line extends to an interchange with Norfolk Southern Railway. North Shore states that it provides the only connection between the PPLS nuclear power plant and any Class I railroad, and that it has operated the Line since 1984 for PennDOT and then for PPLS.
North Shore certifies that the projected annual revenues as a result of the transaction will not exceed $5 million and will not result in North Shore's becoming a Class I or Class II rail carrier.
The parties intend to consummate the transaction on the effective date of the exemption (30 days after the exemption is served and published).
If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. Petitions to revoke the exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) may be filed at any time. The filing of a petition to revoke will not automatically stay the effectiveness of the exemption. Petitions to stay must be filed no later than December 21, 2013 (at least 7 days before the exemption becomes effective).
An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to Docket No. FD 35377, must be filed with the Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20423-0001. In addition, a copy of each pleading must be served on Richard R. Wilson, 518 North Center Street Ste. 1, Ebensburg, PA 15931.
Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at: www.stb.dot.gov.
Decided: December 11, 2012.
By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings.
[FR Doc. 2012-30176 Filed 12-13-12; 8:45 am]
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