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By Don C Brunell
Former President Association of Washington Business 

Railing against the rails doesn't consider all the factors involved

Guest Commentary


All too often our network of highways, pipelines, railroads, barges, ship terminals and airports goes unnoticed unless there is an accident.

For example, we don’t notice the trains delivering the chlorine that purifies our drinking water. We pay little attention to the trucks transporting gasoline for our cars and propane tanks for backyard barbecues. The fact is without trucks, trains, pipelines, barges, ships, and airplanes, we couldn’t survive. They transport everything we use every day and some products are potentially dangerous. Thankfully, shippers must abide by hundreds of federal, state and local safety regulations. Enforcement of those rules helps protect us, and well-trained...

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