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ReMA to Testify at Surface Transportation Board Hearing on Freight Rail Service

Hearing Takes Place April 26-27 in D.C.

(Washington, DC) – The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), the Voice of the Recycling Industry™, will provide testimony at the Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) two-day public hearing on Urgent Issues in Freight Rail Service. The hearing opened on Tuesday, April 26, in Washington, D.C. with testimony from U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg. ReMA member Ben Abrams, President and CEO of Consolidated Scrap Resources (CSR) in York, Pa., will present testimony on behalf of ReMA and the recycling industry on Wednesday, April 27. 

“The nation’s rail service plays an important role for the recycling industry, and it’s many times the only means of transportation available for heavy ferrous metals,” said ReMA Chief Lobbyist, Billy Johnson. “At the STB hearing, ReMA will explain our concerns with the current rail service and the negative impact unreliable service has on shippers of ferrous materials.”

Abrams’ testimony will detail how rail service impacts the supply chain, the success of recyclers nationwide, and how railroads are critical to shipping ferrous materials. 

“Ferrous metal is a raw material used for more than 70 percent of U.S. steel production,” said Johnson. “Steel made from recycled ferrous material saves approximately 68 percent of the energy needed to produce virgin steel, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”


The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the "Voice of the Recycling Industry™." ReMA represents 1,300 companies in the U.S. and more than 40 countries that process, broker, and consume scrap commodities, including metals, paper, plastics, glass, rubber, electronics, and textiles. With headquarters in Washington, DC, the Institute provides education, advocacy, safety and compliance training, and promotes public awareness of the vital role recycling plays in the U.S. economy, global trade, the environment and sustainable development. Generating nearly $117 billion annually in U.S. economic activity, the scrap recycling industry provides more than 506,000 Americans with good jobs.

For More Information:

Vicki Morgan
Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc.
(202) 975.9042; vmorgan@isri.org

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