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Qualifications Division, (202) 366–4001, from the FMCSR, including the driver DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
fmcsamedical@dot.gov, FMCSA, qualification standards. Specifically,
Department of Transportation, 400 Advocates: (1) Objects to the manner in Federal Railroad Administration
Seventh Street, SW., Room 8301, which FMCSA presents driver
Washington, DC 20590–0001. Office information to the public and makes Notice of Petitions for Approval;
hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., safety determinations; (2) objects to the Railroad Safety Program Plans
Monday through Friday, except Federal Agency’s reliance on conclusions drawn Although not required, the Federal
holidays. from the vision waiver program; (3) Railroad Administration (FRA) is
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: claims the Agency has misinterpreted providing notice that it has received
Electronic Access statutory language on the granting of petitions for approval of two Railroad
exemptions (49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and Safety Program Plans (RSPP) submitted
You may see all the comments online 31315); and finally (4) suggests that a pursuant to 49 Code of Federal
through the Document Management 1999 Supreme Court decision affects the Regulations (CFR) part 236, subpart H.
System (DMS) at http://dmses.dot.gov. legal validity of vision exemptions. The individual petitions are described
Background The issues raised by Advocates were below, including the party seeking
addressed at length in 64 FR 51568 approval and the requisite docket
Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, numbers where the petitions and any
FMCSA may grant an exemption for a 2- (September 23, 1999), 64 FR 66962
(November 30, 1999), 64 FR 69586 related information may be found.
year period if it finds ‘‘such exemption These documents are available for
would likely achieve a level of safety (December 13, 1999), 65 FR 159 (January
public inspection; however, FRA is not
that is equivalent to, or greater than, the 3, 2000), 65 FR 57230 (September 21,
accepting public comment on the
level that would be achieved absent 2000), and 66 FR 13825 (March 7, 2001).
documents as this notice is provided for
such exemption.’’ The statute also We will not address these points again
information only.
allows the Agency to renew exemptions here, but refer interested parties to those
at the end of the 2-year period. The earlier discussions. Alaska Railroad Corporation (ARRC)
comment periods ended on March 16, [Waiver Docket Number FRA–2007–27600]
Conclusion
and March 22, 2007. ARRC submitted a petition for
Discussion of Comments The Agency has not received any approval of an RSPP. The petition, the
adverse evidence on any of these drivers RSPP, and any related documents have
FMCSA received two comments in that indicates that safety is being been placed in the requisite docket and
these proceedings. The comments were compromised. Based upon its are available for public inspection.
considered and discussed below. evaluation of the 28 renewal
Ms. Sachau believes that the approval Norfolk Southern Corporation (NS)
applications, FMCSA renews the
or renewal of vision exemptions does
Federal vision exemptions for Henry [Waiver Docket Number FRA–2006–26260]
not take into account the issue of safety
Ammons, Jr., Michael D. Archibald, NS submitted a petition for approval
on the road and granting exemptions
only makes the roads much more Robert D. Bonner, Howard K. Bradley, of an RSPP. The petition, the RSPP, and
dangerous. Kirk G. Braegger, Ambroiso E. Calles, any related documents have been placed
A review of each record for safety David S. Carman, Jose G. Cruz, Everett in the requisite docket and are available
while driving with the respective vision A. Doty, Cedric E. Foster, Glen T. for public inspection.
deficiencies over the past two years Garrabrant, Donald J. Goretski, Harry P. All documents in the public docket
indicates each applicant continues to Henning, Christopher L. Humphries, are also available for inspection and
meet the vision exemption standards. Alan L. Johnston, Ralph J. Miles, Dennis copying on the Internet at the docket
To evaluate the effect of these I. Nelson, William R. New, Rance A. facility’s Web site at http://dms.dot.gov.
Powell, Shannon E. Rasmussen, James You may review DOT’s complete
exemptions on safety, FMCSA
R. Rieck, Thomas C. Rylee, Stanley B. Privacy Act Statement in the Federal
considered not only the medical reports
Salkowski, III., Garfield A. Smith, Register published on April 11, 2000
about the applicants’ vision, but also
Michael G. Thomas, William H. (Volume 65, Number 70; Pages 19477–
their driving records and experience
Twardus, Henry L. Walker, and Ronald 78). The Statement may also be found at
with the vision deficiency. To qualify
Watt. http://dms.dot.gov.
for an exemption from the vision
standard, FMCSA requires a person to In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) Issued in Washington, DC on April 9, 2007.
present verifiable evidence that he or and 31315, each renewal exemption will Grady C. Cothen Jr.,
she has driven a commercial vehicle be valid for 2 years unless revoked Deputy Associate Administrator for Safety
safely with the vision deficiency for 3 earlier by FMCSA. The exemption will Standards and Program Development.
years. Recent driving performance is be revoked if: (1) The person fails to [FR Doc. E7–7069 Filed 4–12–07; 8:45 am]
especially important in evaluating comply with the terms and conditions BILLING CODE 4910–06–P
future safety, according to several of the exemption; (2) the exemption has
research studies designed to correlate resulted in a lower level of safety than
past and future driving performance. was maintained before it was granted; or DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Results of these studies support the (3) continuation of the exemption would
principle that the best predictor of not be consistent with the goals and Federal Railroad Administration
future performance by a driver is his/her objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136 and 31315. Petition for Waiver of Compliance
past record of crashes and traffic Issued on: April 6, 2007.
violations. Copies of the studies may be In accordance with Part 211 of Title
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Larry W. Minor, 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR),


found at docket number FMCSA–98–
3637. Acting, Associate Administrator, Policy and notice is hereby given that the Federal
Advocates for Highway and Auto Program Development. Railroad Administration (FRA) received
Safety (Advocates) expressed opposition [FR Doc. E7–6999 Filed 4–12–07; 8:45 am] a request for a waiver of compliance
to FMCSA’s policy to grant exemptions BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P with certain requirements of its safety

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standards. The individual petition is comment (or signing the comment, if glazing. The cost to the URHS for
described below, including the party submitted on behalf of an association, installation of all new window frames
seeking relief, the regulatory provisions business, labor union, etc.). You may and compliant FRA Types I & II glazing
involved, the nature of the relief being review DOT’s complete Privacy Act is significant with only a marginal
requested, and the petitioner’s Statement in the Federal Register increase in safety due to the low speed.
arguments in favor of relief. published on April 11, 2000 (Volume Historically, there has been no
Canadian National Railway Company 65, Number 70; Pages 19477–78). The vandalism of railroad glazing within the
Statement may also be found at http:// Pureland Industrial Park, and there are
[Waiver Petition Docket Number FRA–2007– dms.dot.gov. no overhead bridges nor tunnels.
27410]
Issued in Washington, DC on April 9, 2007. Interested parties are invited to
The Canadian National Railway
Grady C. Cothen, Jr., participate in these proceedings by
Company (CN), on behalf of its wholly
Deputy Associate Administrator for Safety submitting written views, data, or
owned subsidiaries, Illinois Central
Standards and Program Development. comments. FRA does not anticipate
Railroad Company, Wisconsin Central,
Grand Trunk and Western Railroad [FR Doc. E7–7068 Filed 4–12–07; 8:45 am] scheduling a public hearing in
Company, Chicago Central & Pacific BILLING CODE 4910–06–P connection with these proceedings since
Railroad Company, Duluth, Winnipeg & the facts do not appear to warrant a
Pacific Railroad Company, Bessemer & hearing. If any interested party desires
Lake Erie Railroad Company, and the DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION an opportunity for oral comment, they
Duluth Missabe & Iron Range Railroad should notify FRA, in writing, before
Federal Railroad Administration the end of the comment period and
Company, seeks a waiver of compliance
with the Locomotive Safety Standards, [Docket Number FRA–2007–27556] specify the basis for their request.
49 CFR 229.25(b), as it pertains to the All communications concerning these
92-day periodic requirement to inspect Petition for Waiver of Compliance proceedings should identify the
electrical devices and visible insulation. In accordance with Part 211 of Title appropriate docket number (e.g., Waiver
CN requests to remove DC traction 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Petition Docket Number FRA–2007–
motor covers and inspect the interior of notice is hereby given that the Federal 27556) and must be submitted in
the motor during the second and fourth Railroad Administration (FRA) received triplicate to the Docket Clerk, DOT
periodic inspection. According to the Central Docket Management Facility,
a request for a waiver of compliance
petitioner, CN requires all traction Room Pl–401, Washington, DC 20590–
with certain requirements of its safety
motor brushes be replaced during the 0001. Communications received within
standards. The individual petition is
locomotive’s annual inspection. 45 days of the date of this notice will
Interested parties are invited to described below, including the party
seeking relief, the regulatory provisions be considered by FRA before final
participate in these proceedings by action is taken. Comments received after
submitting written views, data, or involved, the nature of the relief being
requested, and the petitioner’s that date will be considered as far as
comments. FRA does not anticipate practicable.
scheduling a public hearing in arguments in favour of relief.
All written communications
connection with these proceedings since SMS Lines concerning these proceedings are
the facts do not appear to warrant a
[Docket Number FRA–2007–27556] available for examination during regular
hearing. If any interested party desires
The SMS Lines, a Class III railroad, business hours (9 a.m.–5 p.m.) at DOT
an opportunity for oral comment, they
seeks a waiver of compliance from the Central Docket Management Facility,
should notify FRA, in writing, before
requirements of Title 49 CFR 223.11. Room Pl–401 (Plaza Level), 400 Seventh
the end of the comment period and
specify the basis for their request. SMS has operated within the Pureland Street, SW., Washington, DC. All
All communications concerning these Industrial Park in Bridgeport, Gloucester documents in the public docket are also
proceedings should identify the County, New Jersey since June, 1994. available for inspection and copying on
appropriate docket number (FRA–2007– The petitioner proposes to use the Internet at the docket facility’s Web
27410) and must be submitted to the Locomotive Number 412, on a limited site at http://dms.dot.gov.
Docket Clerk, DOT Docket Management basis only at this location for yard and Anyone is able to search the
Facility, Room PL–401 (Plaza Level), local switching service. electronic form of all comments
400 7th Street, SW., Washington, DC Locomotive Number 412, model VO– received into any of our dockets by the
20590. Communications received within 1000, was built by the Baldwin name of the individual submitting the
45 days of the date of this notice will Locomotive Works (BLW) in 1945, and comment (or signing the comment, if
be considered by FRA before final is owned by the United Railroad submitted on behalf of an association,
action is taken. Comments received after Historical Society (URHS), a non-profit business, labor union, etc.). You may
that date will be considered as far as organization. SMS is assisting the URHS review DOT’s complete Privacy Act
practicable. All written communications in the restoration of this locomotive and Statement in the Federal Register
concerning these proceedings are upon completion, would operate it over published on April 11, 2000 (Volume
available for examination during regular approximately 5 miles of track with 65, Number 70; Pages 19377–78). The
business hours (9 a.m.–5 p.m.) at the three grade crossings within the statement may also be found at http://
above facility. All documents in the industrial park. The current operations dms.dot.gov.
public docket are also available for average 1 train per day, 6 days per week,
Issued in Washington, DC, on April 9,
inspection and copying on the Internet year-round throughout the park at
2007.
at the docket facility’s Web site at http:// restricted speed. All track is FRA
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Class I (10 mph). Grady C. Cothen, Jr.,


dms.dot.gov.
Anyone is able to search the The petitioner believes that this Deputy Associate Administrator for Safety
electronic form of all comments locomotive can be safely operated Standards and Program Development.
received into any of our dockets by the throughout the industrial park with the [FR Doc. E7–7079 Filed 4–12–07; 8:45 am]
name of the individual submitting the current non-compliant safety-type BILLING CODE 4910–06–P

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