acc Supports Effort to Improve Rail Safety

Federal Government Proposes Crucial Steps to Enhance Tank Car Safety







Mar 31, 2008, 01:00 ET from American Chemistry Council

    ARLINGTON, Va., March 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department
 of Transportation (DOT) today outlined a proposal designed to improve the
 safety of hauling certain hazardous materials by rail that will be
 incorporated into a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to be published
 tomorrow. Included are standards to build a tougher, more resilient tank
 car and reduce speed limits.
 
 
 
     American Chemistry Council President and CEO Jack N. Gerard released
 the following statement regarding the proposed safety rule from the DOT:
 
 
 
     "We are pleased that DOT continues to take a holistic view of rail
 safety, focusing on both the design of tank cars and the operating
 conditions under which they travel. DOT has affirmed ACC's long-stated view
 that improved safety performance is a collaborative process that requires
 the best efforts of all stakeholders including rail carriers, shippers,
 tank car suppliers and the federal government.
 
 
 
     "Rail hazmat transportation safety, that is the avoidance of rail
 accidents and accidental releases of hazardous materials, 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. A commitment to safety is good
 business.
 
 
 
     "We are gratified that DOT will issue its proposed tank car safety
 standards tomorrow, and we hope to see these crucial steps approved before
 the end of this year as we enhance what is already a very strong rail
 safety record.
 
 
 
     "Because chemicals - including those classified as hazardous - are
 essential for the life of the nation, Congress wisely established a
 comprehensive, national hazardous material transportation system
 administered by DOT. These chemicals are used to produce life saving
 medications and medical devices, body armor used by our military and law
 enforcement officers, crop protection for farmers, deicing fluids for
 airplanes, energy saving solar panels, and so much more. For these reasons,
 the goal of the nation's transportation system is to ensure that chemicals
 and other hazardous materials are delivered safely and reliably.
 
 
 
     "Tank cars are owned or leased by chemical companies. The willingness
 of ACC members to support new investment in safety is a hallmark of our
 Responsible Care(R) philosophy of continuous improvement. As a result of
 these efforts, the business of chemistry enjoys a safety record that is
 four times better than the average for other types of manufacturing.
 
 
 
     "The nation's rail hazmat system is safe. Together, ACC members,
 railroads and DOT will make it even safer."
 
 
 
     http://www.americanchemistry.com
 
 
 
     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
 $635 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
    ARLINGTON, Va., March 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department
 of Transportation (DOT) today outlined a proposal designed to improve the
 safety of hauling certain hazardous materials by rail that will be
 incorporated into a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to be published
 tomorrow. Included are standards to build a tougher, more resilient tank
 car and reduce speed limits.
 
 
 
     American Chemistry Council President and CEO Jack N. Gerard released
 the following statement regarding the proposed safety rule from the DOT:
 
 
 
     "We are pleased that DOT continues to take a holistic view of rail
 safety, focusing on both the design of tank cars and the operating
 conditions under which they travel. DOT has affirmed ACC's long-stated view
 that improved safety performance is a collaborative process that requires
 the best efforts of all stakeholders including rail carriers, shippers,
 tank car suppliers and the federal government.
 
 
 
     "Rail hazmat transportation safety, that is the avoidance of rail
 accidents and accidental releases of hazardous materials, 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. A commitment to safety is good
 business.
 
 
 
     "We are gratified that DOT will issue its proposed tank car safety
 standards tomorrow, and we hope to see these crucial steps approved before
 the end of this year as we enhance what is already a very strong rail
 safety record.
 
 
 
     "Because chemicals - including those classified as hazardous - are
 essential for the life of the nation, Congress wisely established a
 comprehensive, national hazardous material transportation system
 administered by DOT. These chemicals are used to produce life saving
 medications and medical devices, body armor used by our military and law
 enforcement officers, crop protection for farmers, deicing fluids for
 airplanes, energy saving solar panels, and so much more. For these reasons,
 the goal of the nation's transportation system is to ensure that chemicals
 and other hazardous materials are delivered safely and reliably.
 
 
 
     "Tank cars are owned or leased by chemical companies. The willingness
 of ACC members to support new investment in safety is a hallmark of our
 Responsible Care(R) philosophy of continuous improvement. As a result of
 these efforts, the business of chemistry enjoys a safety record that is
 four times better than the average for other types of manufacturing.
 
 
 
     "The nation's rail hazmat system is safe. Together, ACC members,
 railroads and DOT will make it even safer."
 
 
 
     http://www.americanchemistry.com
 
 
 
     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
 $635 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