STB Issues Supplemental Draft EIS for R.J. Corman Line in Penn.

WASHINGTON — The Surface Transportation Board said its Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) has issued a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) for the R. J. Corman Railroad Company/Pennsylvania Lines Inc.’s (RJCP) proposed construction, operation, and reactivation of a 20-mile railroad line between Wallaceton and Gorton, in Clearfield and Centre Counties, Penn.

OEA is issuing the SDEIS to address changes in the project that have developed since the preparation of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). Specifically, the SDEIS addresses the following issues:

  • The potential environmental impacts associated with RJCP’s proposed transport of ethanol over the rail line
  • The change in the preliminary plan approval status of the No-Build Alternative—Local Road System Upgrade (Black Rock Road)
  • The results of the 2010 summer field survey for Branching Bur-reed (Sparganium androcladum), a Pennsylvania Endangered Species

OEA invites written comment from the public on all aspects of the SDEIS and is providing a 45-day public comment period.