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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 04-1969




Indiana County

[34 Pa.B. 5991]

   Under section 2002(b) of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P. S. § 512(b)), the Deputy Secretary for Highway Administration makes the following written finding:

   Norfolk Southern Corporation and Norfolk Southern Railway Company plan the construction and operation of approximately 5.26 miles of new single track rail line between Saltsburg and Clarksburg, Indiana County.

   An Environmental Assessment (EA) was prepared to evaluate the potential environmental impacts caused by the subject project. The Surface Transportation Board (STB) issued a Decision on May 15, 2003, approving the construction and operation of the Saltsburg Connection subject to the environmental mitigation set forth in the Appendix to the Decision. The Federal Highway Administration adopted the STB Decision on September 22, 2004.

   The EA and supporting documentation find that there is no practicable alternative to the construction of the preferred alternative, and the proposed action includes all practicable measures to minimize harm to the environment that may result from the proposed project.

   The environmental, economic, social and other effects of the proposed project as enumerated in section 2002 of The Administrative Code of 1929 have been considered, and it has been concluded that all reasonable planning was completed to avoid, minimize or mitigate the environmental effects that are likely to result from the construction of this project.

Deputy Secretary
for Highway Administration

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 04-1969. Filed for public inspection October 29, 2004, 9:00 a.m.]

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