SOURCE: National Association of Chemical Distributors

National Association of Chemical Distributors

February 12, 2015 11:56 ET

NACD Signs Coalition Letter Calling for STB Reform Legislation

ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwired - February 12, 2015) - Today, the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) joined with 33 industry associations urging U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-SD), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, to introduce legislation that would reform and reauthorize the Surface Transportation Board (STB). The Board largely oversees the regulatory compliance of the railroad industry and adjudicates disputes between shippers and rail companies.

In the letter, the coalition expressed strong support for the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2014 (S. 2777) that the committee unanimously passed last year and asked the committee to add certain proposals for reform in future legislation. Among the provisions, the coalition asked for legislation that clarifies the intent of National Transportation Policy to promote competition in the rail industry, requires the reporting of railroad service metrics and strengthens remedies for service problems, and makes clear STB's jurisdiction over rail practices.

The coalition highlighted that these proposals will make long-overdue changes allowing the Board to more effectively promote access to competitive service and act as a more efficient venue to address rate and service issues between railroads and their customers.

NACD President Eric R. Byer stated, "We thank Sen. Thune for his efforts over the years to ensure a level playing field for shippers and to hold the railroad industry accountable. NACD looks forward to working with him as the new chairman of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee to make sure the concerns of shippers are met to foster greater competition and fair pricing in the freight rail industry."

The complete letter is available here.

NACD and its nearly 450 member companies are vital to the chemical supply chain providing products to over 750,000 end users. They make a delivery every six seconds while maintaining a safety record that is more than twice as good as all manufacturing combined. NACD members are leaders in health, safety, security, and environmental performance through implementation of Responsible Distribution. For additional information on our members, their safety record or NACD, visit NACD at www.nacd.com.

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