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United States. Congress, Senate. Committe on Commerce, Science,
COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE,
SCIENCE, AND TRANSPORTATION
OVERSIGHT ON THE INCREASED COAL RATES ON
Coleman, Lynn R., General Counsel, Department of Energy; accompanied by
Gallamore, Deputy Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration; accompa-
nied by Edward Hymson, Assistant to Deputy Secretary, Department of
O'Neal, Hon. A. Daniel, Chairman, Interstate Commerce Commission; accom-
panied by Jerry Robinson, attorney, Advisory Section of Rates, Office of
Proceedings; and John Anderson, Chief, Cost Analysis Branch, Bureau of
INCREASED COAL RATES ON THE LOUISVILLE
& NASHVILLE RAILROAD
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1979
COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE, SCIENCE, AND TRANSPORTATION,
Washington, D.C. The subcommittee met at 9:35 a.m., in room 235, Russell Senate Office Building, Hon. J. James Exon presiding.
OPENING STATEMENT BY SENATOR EXON Senator EXON. We will call the meeting of the subcommittee to order.
This morning, the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation will explore the increased coal rates for the Louisville & Nashville Railroad recently approved by the Interstate Commerce Commission.
This hearing will attempt to obtain the factual and the timely information on the ratemaking process, and to determine the potential impact on the energy costs resulting from this approved increase.
The Commerce Committee, as you know, is presently examining many aspects of the transportation industry and making numerous inquiries concerning economic regulation and the railroads and trucking industry.
One of the more pressing questions brought to the forefront relates to the rail rate levels on commodities, such as coal, which will impact significantly on our national energy policies.
This hearing of the subcommittee will focus on all elements involved in the ratemaking, which is so timely during this period of tremendous increases in the cost of energy to the consumers of the Nation.
I will call now on Senator Ford. Do you have any opening statement, Senator?
OPENING STATEMENT BY SENATOR FORD
Senator FORD. I thank the Chairman.
As you have stated, and I think all understand, that the ICC found that the L. & N. had market dominance and acknowledged less than adequate service, yet it permitted its increase to become effective because additional revenues were necessary, according to their statement.
Why must, then, the overwhelming increase, or the increase, on one essential commodity and the burden of improving the financial