STB to Discuss ‘Caliente Line’

WASHINGTON – The Surface Transportation Board announced that it will hold a public field hearing on Dec. 4, 2008, in Las Vegas to hear public testimony related to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) application for authority to build the proposed “Caliente Line.”

The line is a 300-mile rail line that would connect an existing rail line near Caliente, Nev., to a proposed geologic repository at Yucca Mountain, Nye County, Nev. The DOE proposes to use the new line initially to transport materials needed to construct the repository, and, eventually, to transport spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste for disposal at the completed repository.

The DOE also has requested approval to operate the line as a “common carrier,” which, if approved, would require that the line be accessible to other shippers engaged in interstate transportation.

Anyone wishing to speak at the hearing in United States Department of Energy—Rail Construction and Operation—Caliente Rail Line in Lincoln, Nye, and Esmeralda Counties, NV, STB Finance Docket No. 35106, must file with the Board no later than Nov. 14, 2008, a written notice of intent to participate identifying the party represented, the proposed speaker, and the minutes of speaking time requested.