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ACC Urges Surface Transportation Board to Address Anti-Competitive Freight Rail Policies to Help U.S. Economy


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WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 22, 2011) – In testimony today before the U.S. Surface Transportation Board during a hearing on the state of competition in the freight rail industry, American Chemistry Council’s Senior Director of Regulatory and Technical Affairs Tom Schick asked the Board to act on several policies that could enhance competition and help improve the U.S. economy.
 
ACC’s member companies rely on America’s railroads for the safe and efficient movement of a wide array of chemical products that make our lives better, healthier and safer,” Schick explained to the Board.
 
“As outlined in comments we filed with two dozen other shipper groups, we believe that competition among railroads has declined significantly in recent years,” Schick continued. “The board has the ability to change outdated policies that would enhance competition and profoundly improve the U.S. economy.”
 
Schick concluded his testimony by recommending that the Board overturn certain current policies in order to the nation's freight rail system to benefit of both shippers and railroads. Specifically, he asked the Board to allow freight traffic to be interchanged between rail companies and to consider adding pro-competitive criteria to past railroad mergers. 

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