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Rail Shippers Stress Need to Retain Common Carrier Obligation

2:08 PM MDT | April 28, 2008 | Esther D’Amico and Rebecca Coons

Rail shippers stressed a critical need to retain railroads’ legal obligation to carry chlorine and other hazardous materials, at a Surface Transportation Board (STB; Washington) hearing last week. They were among a large number of rail stakeholders including major U.S. railroads commenting on the subject, part of the rail industry’s common carrier obligation. The hearing, which was under way at CW presstime, was called due an increasing number of questions from stakeholders in recent years regarding the extent of a railroad’s common carrier...

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