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WASHINGTON (December 12, 2019)The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today welcomed the introduction of the Hazardous Materials Safety Improvement Act of 2019, sponsored by Senator John Kennedy (R-L.A.). The Act would require the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to act within 18 months on petitions for regulatory action and reinforce the Department of Transportation’s authority for regulating the safety of shipping hazardous materials.

ACC’s President & CEO, Chris Jahn issued the following statement welcoming the new legislation:

“Senator Kennedy’s bill will bring much needed urgency and clarity to how the federal government addresses the transportation of hazardous materials. Simply put, this legislation will require PHMSA to act quicker on regulatory requests and will help the Administration be more agile when it comes to safeguarding the shipment of hazardous materials.

“Equally important, the bill will also reaffirm the Department of Transportation as the final authority when it comes to establishing regulations and standards that govern the safe movement of hazardous materials. Providing this regulatory clarity will go a long way in supporting our industry’s large and ongoing investments in rail tank cars and other equipment, which is essential to making sure our members can safely transport products to where they are needed without incident.

“We appreciate Senator Kennedy’s leadership on helping PHMSA to act quicker on regulatory requests and urge his colleagues to support this important legislation.”

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