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ACD Press Release

Arlington, VA
May 9, 2023

Susannah Williams

NACD Supports Bipartisan Commerce Committee Efforts to Improve the Railway Safety Act


Arlington, VA – Today, National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) President and CEO Eric R. Byer released the following statement in support of the expected Amendment in the Nature of Substitute (ANS) by Chair Cantwell (D-WA) and Senator Vance (R-OH) at the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Executive Session and markup of the Railway Safety Act:

“For decades, our nation’s freight rail system has been inadequate and unreliable, delaying deliveries of essential chemical products and placing burdensome costs on businesses of all sizes. NACD has long sounded the alarm on the clear and consistent warning signs that have led to a significant deterioration in service and mounting labor challenges.

“The ANS improves the important safety enhancement provisions of Railway Safety Act, and is a step in the right direction, bringing commonsense, measured, and bipartisan safety reforms to the freight rail industry. This includes addressing the industry’s operational challenges, training and inspection requirements, train length, and infrastructure improvements. NACD supports the committee’s bipartisan efforts and thanks Chair Cantwell, Senators Vance and Brown (D-OH), as well as committee staff, for their leadership. We look forward to working with members of Congress to make sure this legislation is sent to the President’s desk for signature.”


NACD and its over 400 member and Affiliate companies are vital to the chemical supply chain providing products to over 750,000 end users. NACD members are leaders in health, safety, security, and environmental performance through implementation of Responsible Distribution, established in 1991 as a condition of membership and a third party-verified management practice. For more information on NACD, visit