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WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 6, 2012) - The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement urging Congress to adopt key safety provisions to the Transportation Bill:
"As Congress continues to debate key elements of the Transportation Bill, lawmakers have an opportunity to help ensure the safe delivery of chemicals that help fuel the American economy. ACC and its  members have worked closely with our transportation partners to establish an impressive safety record for transporting chemicals that are critical for safe drinking water, life-saving medications and medical devices, a plentiful food supply, clean energy and much more.

"Congress should adopt three key safety provisions to the Transportation Bill. First, policymakers should give shippers a seat at the table to weigh-in on freight rail policies that would impact the safe delivery of toxic inhalation hazard (TIH) chemicals. Congress should also include provisions that allow the Federal Railroad Administration to consider the most effective and efficient technologies to help prevent accidents when transporting these critical chemicals by rail. Finally, we urge Congress to adopt the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act provisions that would improve the safety and efficiency of transporting these essential chemicals on the road or by rail. 

"ACC looks forward to working with Congress and our transportation partners to secure these improvements to the Transportation Bill that will ensure chemicals can continue to be shipped safely wherever they are needed."

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