On August 3, 2017, Palmetto Railways filed a petition for exemption with the Surface Transportation Board (Board) pursuant to 49 U.S.C. §§ 10502 and 10901 in Docket No. FD 36095. Palmetto Railways intends to construct and operate a new rail line in Berkeley County, South Carolina. The proposed rail line would provide rail service from the 6,781-acre Camp Hall Commerce Park currently under development to the A-Line of CSX Transportation Inc. (CSXT) (through the CSXT Cross Subdivision connection) near the Santee Cooper Generating Station, and further provide continuous access to the Port of Charleston.
The Board's Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) together with the United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), as joint lead agencies, will evaluate the potential environmental effects of the proposed project, including any reasonable and feasible alternatives to the proposed route pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended (42 U.S.C. § 4321 et seq.), the Board’s environmental rules at 49 C.F.R. § 1105, the Corps’ permitting authority under Section 404(b)(1) of the Clean Water Act (40 CFR Part 230), and other applicable federal and state laws.