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                                                      WISCONSIN CONSUMERS UNITED FOR RAIL EQUITY
                                                 Contact:             Matt Bromley (608) 286-0784
         Alliant Energy                                               Customers First! Coalition
  American Chemistry Council
     Checker Logistics, Inc.
   Chippewa Valley Bean Co.                      Wisconsin Freight Rail Customers Praise Committee Approval
     Citizens Utility Board                             of Kohl’s Railroad Antitrust Enforcement Act
     Cooperative Network                                                  Senator Feingold joins Kohl in support
   Customers First! Coalition
 Dairyland Power Cooperative
       Domtar Industries                         Madison, WI (March 5, 2009) – An alliance of Wisconsin freight rail customers
  ERCOWorldwide (USA) Inc.
        Georgia Pacific
                                                 applaud the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s approval of legislation authored
Great Lakes Timber Professionals                 by Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) that would apply the nation’s antitrust laws to
                                                 railroads. On a bi-partisan 14-0 vote, the Judiciary Committee, today, approved
  Green Bay Area Chamber of
           Commerce                              S. 146, the Railroad Antitrust Enforcement Act of 2009, which repeals the
     Green Bay Packaging
                                                 antitrust exemptions currently held by the railroad industry. Wisconsin Senator
       IBEW Local 2150
   Lake States Lumber Assoc.                     Russell Feingold, a member of the committee and co-sponsor of S. 146, voted
   Leicht Transfer & Storage                     with Senator Kohl in favor of the legislation.
    Madison Gas & Electric
 Manitowoc Grey Iron Foundry                     “We appreciate Senator Kohl’s continued leadership on this issue and Senator
   Manitowoc Public Utilities                    Feingold’s support,” said Matt Bromley, coordinator of Badger-CURE
       Menasha Utilities
Midwest Food Processors Assoc.                   (Consumers United for Rail Equity). “Many of Wisconsin’s leading industries
 Municipal Electric Utilities of                 depend on rail to transport coal, grain, corn, forest products, chemicals and other
                                                 commodities that cannot be shipped economically by truck or other means.
        Neenah Foundry
            NewPage                              Railroads should not be allowed to abuse their market power, charge excessive
          Ort Lumber
                                                 rates and provide inadequate service at the expense of Wisconsin businesses
    Packaging Corporation
           of America                            and their consumers.”
       Procter & Gamble
 Sadoff Iron & Metal Company
                                                 The Railroad Antitrust Enforcement Act would:
Tomahawk Regional Chamber of
           Commerce                                   •    Repeal the anachronistic railroad antitrust exemptions in U.S. rail and
         Wausau Paper
                                                           transportation statutes – exemptions that have led to the consolidation of
          We Energies
  WI Agri-Service Association                              all major freight shipping in America to just four companies that control
   WI Cast Metals Association                              over 90% of the market.
  WI Corn Growers Association
  WI Farm Bureau Federation
                                                      •    Empower the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission to
       WI Farmers Union                                    apply the same scrutiny to railroad mergers and acquisitions that are
   WI Crop Production Assoc.
                                                           used with any other major industry to ensure compliance with antitrust
  WI Industrial Energy Group
 WI Manufacturers & Commerce                               laws.
       WI Paper Council
                                                      •    Allow state attorneys general and other private parties to seek the same
    WI Public Service Corp.
    WI Utilities Association                               type of injunctions against the railroads that they routinely use in other
         WPPI Energy                                       anticompetitive actions.
    Wolf River Lumber, Inc.

         Affiliated with Consumers United for Rail Equity (CURE), a national coalition of freight rail customers promoting rail competition in America

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