SOURCE: National Association of Chemical Distributors

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June 19, 2015 09:59 ET

NACD Applauds Senate Passage of STB Reform Legislation

ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwired - June 19, 2015) - Today, National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) President Eric R. Byer made the following statement about the U.S. Senate's passage of S. 808, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) Reauthorization Act of 2015:

"NACD welcomes the Senate's passage of this important freight rail reform legislation. We thank Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) for their tireless efforts to craft bipartisan legislation that would make modest reforms to the Surface Transportation Board. Rail reform is an issue vital to the chemical distribution industry, as nearly 40% of chemical distribution businesses rely on freight rail to receive their products, and we are confident S. 808 will improve the efficiency and functionality of the STB without re-regulating the railroads.

"The rail industry has changed dramatically since the Staggers Rail Act of 1980. Drastic consolidation and decreased access to competitive rail service has led to soaring rates. The lack of freight rail competition has been costly to American businesses and NACD members that rely on safe, reliable, and affordable rail service.

"With the dramatic changes in the rail sector, it is critical we re-evaluate and modernize our rail policy framework to meet present and future needs. We strongly believe that modest reforms to our outdated rail policies today will lead to less government intervention later. With the Senate's passage of S. 808, NACD now urges the U.S. House of Representatives to take up the Senate bill improving the functionality of the STB."

NACD and its nearly 440 member companies are vital to the chemical supply chain providing products to over 750,000 end users. NACD members are leaders in health, safety, security, and environmental performance through implementation of Responsible Distribution, established in 1991 as a condition of membership and a third-party-verified management practice. For more information, visit www.NACD.com.

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