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WASHINGTON (September 30, 2015) - Leaders from the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today introduced H.R. 3651, the "Positive Train Control Enforcement and Implementation Act of 2015" that would extend the deadline for freight railroads to install positive train control (PTC). 

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in response:

"We commend Representatives Shuster, DeFazio, Capuano and Denham for their leadership on this critical issue, which will harm constituents across the country. The Association of American Railroads, Government Accountability Office and Federal Railroad Administration have clearly stated that the railroads will not be able to implement PTC by the deadline. Most major railroads have declared that they will shut down large portions of their rail lines unless the deadline is extended. 

"A disruption of this scale will strand commuters across the country and prevent the flow of goods that are vital to everyday life, putting the entire economy and public health at risk. We share the Committee's sense of urgency and we cannot afford to allow another day to pass without a solution. Congress must act now and pass a reasonable, workable extension for PTC."

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