Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Deadline extended for chlorine-case comments

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Because the case raises thorny issues for federal agencies, the Surface Transportation Board announced Wednesday that it has extended the period for public comment in a proceeding in which Union Pacific seeks "to have the board determine he extent of its common carrier obligation to quote rates for new, lengthy movements of chlorine, a toxic inhalation hazard, through High-Threat Urban Areas."

The board granted a petition by the Transportation Security Administration to extend the deadline for filing to April 10 from the prior deadline of March 31.

"TSA states that it needs the additional time to review how the complex issues raised by UP's petition relate to TSA regulations and policies and to coordinate its comments with other components within the Department of Homeland Security. The request is reasonable," found STB.

UP's rebuttal and reply to comments are now due April 30.