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U.S. Rail Shipper Groups Urge Congress to End Rail Antitrust Exemption

10:21 AM MDT | August 22, 2008 | Esther D'Amico

Consumers United for Rail Equity (Cure; Washington), a coalition of freight rail shipper groups including chemical and ethanol producers, are calling on Congress to pass railroad reform legislation to stop the railroad industry’s “hidden tax” on products, including agricultural goods. “This hidden tax, which results from the railroads’ abuse of their monopoly power, hits farmers and rural America especially hard, because of their reliance on freight rail transportation for shipping and receiving goods,” Cure says. “Rural...

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