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ACC Thanks Outgoing STB Chairman Oberman

Congratulates Primus on New Appointment

Scott Jensen

WASHINGTON, DC (May 14, 2024) – American Chemistry Council (ACC) President and CEO Chris Jahn today issued a statement in response to the retirement of Surface Transportation Board (STB) Chairman Oberman and the designation of Board Member Robert Primus as his successor:

“We thank Chairman Oberman for his dedicated leadership and congratulate incoming Chairman Primus on his appointment to this pivotal role on the STB. It is now up Chairman Primus to build on his predecessor’s efforts to modernize Board policies and address the ongoing challenges faced by today’s freight rail shippers.

“With his expertise and commitment to finding solutions, Chairman Primus is well-positioned to help the STB to resolve problems quicker, and where possible, prevent them from happening in the first place. As a vocal advocate for increasing competition within the rail industry, he has made it clear that he expects the Board to do better and do more – particularly by using its authority to provide and expand reciprocal switching where needed to promote competitive rail service."

Chris Jahn, President & CEO | American Chemistry Council
We are committed to working with Chairman Primus and the other Board members to further reduce regulatory barriers to competition and hold railroads accountable when they fail to deliver reliable service.
American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council’s mission is to advocate for the people, policy, and products of chemistry that make the United States the global leader in innovation and manufacturing. To achieve this, we: Champion science-based policy solutions across all levels of government; Drive continuous performance improvement to protect employees and communities through Responsible Care®; Foster the development of sustainability practices throughout ACC member companies; and Communicate authentically with communities about challenges and solutions for a safer, healthier and more sustainable way of life. Our vision is a world made better by chemistry, where people live happier, healthier, and more prosperous lives, safely and sustainably—for generations to come.

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