The cost of shipping chemicals and other goods via rail is rising too high because of a "lack of competition in rail service and outdated federal policies," writes American Chemistry Council President and CEO Cal Dooley. Railway operators are charging shippers a steep premium, including fuel surcharges, Dooley says. "For American manufacturing to regain its competitive edge in a global economy, it's time for rail policies to get back to the basics. We look forward to working with both Congress and the Surface Transportation Board to eliminate regulatory barriers and foster greater competition in the rail industry," he adds.
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