STB Proposed Modifying Regulations on Ex Parte Communications in Informal Rulemaking Proceedings

This article is taken from the Oct. 5 USDA Grain Transportation Report:

On September 28, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), proposing to modify its long-standing rules to permit ex parte communications in informal rulemaking proceedings.

The NPRM also includes other changes to STB’s ex parte rules that would clarify and update when and how interested persons may communicate informally with the STB regarding pending proceedings other than rulemakings.

According to the decision, “The intent of the proposed regulations is to
enhance the Board’s ability to make informed decisions through increased stakeholder communications while ensuring that the Board’s record-building process in rulemaking proceedings remains transparent and fair.”

Comments regarding the NPRM are due by Nov. 1, 2017, and reply comments by Nov. 16, 2017.