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Kelly letter to STB 08-05

August 12, 2005

Secretary Vernon A. Williams~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Surface Transportation Board
1925 K Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20423
Dear Secretary Williams,

Recently, I was contacted by constituents from Croton-on-Hudson, New York, who register serious reservations to Northeast Interchange Railway (NIR) recent request of a Notice of Exempt Transaction to the Surface Transportation Board.  I am writing to inform you that I agree with their concerns of the detrimental impact of granting it’s application to NIR and therefore urge you to oppose such ratification.

Northeast Interchange Railway is currently a noncarrier, but as their recent application stipulates,~they intend on becoming a common carrier by rail.  This would enable them to provide transportation service for the transloading of construction and demolition waste and other materials.
The Mayor of Croton-on-Hudson, Village Trustees, and residents in Croton urged me to contact the Surface Transportation Board voicing their serious opposition to NIR’s application because of the undeniable hazardous ramifications it poses to the environment and the health of the community.~~
Simply, my constituents and I are concerned that if STB ratifies the NIR application, local and state environmental regulations may be compromised, thus endangering the health and safety of residents of the Croton-on-Hudson.   Moreover, granting NIR’s application would set a dangerous precedent that undoubtedly will jeopardize the safety and well-being of not only constituents in my district but throughout the United States.   
I would like to thank you in advance for your prompt consideration of this matter.~
Sue Kelly
Member of Congress