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Petition for Waiver of Compliance

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Under part 211 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), this document provides the public notice that on January 18, 2017, the Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad Company (MIDH) petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for a waiver of compliance from certain provisions of the Federal railroad safety regulations at 49 CFR part 230, Steam Locomotive Inspection and Maintenance Standards. FRA assigned the petition Docket Number FRA-2017-0008.

Specifically, MIDH's letter requests relief from performing the 1,472 service day inspection (SDI) for No. 91, a 2-6-0 “Mogul” type steam locomotive built by the Canadian Locomotive Company in 1910 for the Canadian National Railway. MIDH's request pertains to the inspection of the boiler every 15 calendar years or 1,472 service days, as required by 49 CFR 230.17. MIDH is requesting an additional 19 calendar months before performing a 1,472 SDI. The previous SDI was completed on May 30, 2002, and expires on May 30, 2017. Granting relief will allow No. 91 an SDI period of 16 calendar years and 7 calendar months while not exceeding 1,472 service days. MIDH operated No. 91 from 2002 to 2009. It has been stored in serviceable condition, but has not operated since 2009 due to the lack of an experienced mechanical staff. MIDH's justification for requesting relief is that No. 91 has only operated for a total of 116 service days within the 15-calendar year period.

A copy of the petition, as well as any written communications concerning the petition, is available for review online at and in person at the Department of Transportation's Docket Operations Facility, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., W12-140, Washington, DC 20590. The Docket Operations Facility is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays.

Interested parties are invited to participate in these proceedings by submitting written views, data, or Start Printed Page 20418comments. FRA does not anticipate scheduling a public hearing in connection with these proceedings since the facts do not appear to warrant a hearing. If any interested parties desire an opportunity for oral comment and a public hearing, they should notify FRA, in writing, before the end of the comment period and specify the basis for their request.

All communications concerning these proceedings should identify the appropriate docket number and may be submitted by any of the following methods:

  • Web site: Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
  • Fax: 202-493-2251.
  • Mail: Docket Operations Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., W12-140, Washington, DC 20590.
  • Hand Delivery: 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays.

Communications received by June 15, 2017 will be considered by FRA before final action is taken. Comments received after that date will be considered if practicable.

Anyone can search the electronic form of any written communications and comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the document, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). Under 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its processes. DOT posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information the commenter provides, to, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL-14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at​privacy. See also​privacyNotice for the privacy notice of

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Issued in Washington, DC.

Robert C. Lauby,

Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety, Chief Safety Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2017-08683 Filed 4-28-17; 8:45 am]