October 1, 2008

Congress Approves Rail Safety Bill: ACC Urges White House To Sign It Into Law


Contact: Scott Jensen, American Chemistry Council, +1-703-741- 5834, [email protected]

ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today Congress passed legislation (H.R. 2095) that combines important rail safety provisions with the reauthorization of Amtrak. The legislation now awaits President Bush's signature.

ACC's Managing Director of Federal Affairs Marty Durbin issued the following statement:

"By addressing a wide range of interrelated factors, such as train crew staffing and rail operations, Congress' today will spur continued rail safety performance improvements throughout our nation's rail system.

"The business of chemistry depends on the nation's railroads for the safe movement of our products. For that reason, rail safety is a primary focus for ACC members and our transportation partners. Together, we have invested billions of dollars in training, systems, technology and tank car safety, and we will continue to do so. Thanks to this collaborative effort, rail continues to be one of the safest modes of transporting our products.

"We strongly encourage President Bush to sign this important safety bill into law."


The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care(R), common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $664 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is one of the nation's largest exporters, accounting for ten cents out of every dollar in U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation's critical infrastructure.

SOURCE American Chemistry Council

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