Letters, Comments, and Testimony
ILTA President Kathryn Clay's testimony to the Surface Transportation Board on Railroad Demurrage and Accessorial Charges
May 18, filed; May 23, testimony
Thank you for the opportunity to testify today on behalf of the International Liquid Terminals Association. The International Liquid Terminals Association (ILTA) represents more than 85 companies operating liquid terminals in all 50 U.S. states and in 37 countries. Our members’ facilities form a critical link in the transportation of a wide range of liquid commodities, including crude oil, refined products, chemicals, renewable fuels, fertilizers, vegetable oils and other food grade materials. Terminals provide essential logistics services that enable domestic commerce and connect the U.S. economy with overseas markets. Terminal operators are not customers of the railroads and have no direct contract or service agreement with the railroads. Instead, terminals and railroads share customers, who contract with the terminal to provide a fixed volume of storage and a rated capacity to load and/or unload railcars for their account. Terminal operators serve as agents for their customers in directing railcar activity at the terminal. These shared customers – the shippers – specify the number of railcars in use based on loading and unloading capacities specified in their contracts with the terminal. Terminal operators do not own the products, do not initiate shipments, and do not schedule receipts. More
ILTA letter on H.R. 2440 the Full Utilization of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Act
May 2, 2019
Dear Chairman DeFazio, Chairwoman Napolitano, Ranking Members Graves and Westerman:
On behalf of the Members of the International Liquid Terminals Association (ILTA) we thank you for your bipartisan leadership in constructing and maintaining America's critical maritime infrastructure. We especially appreciate your bipartisan commitment to provide full utilization of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF). As Chairwoman Napolitano observed at the April 10 Subcommittee hearing on this issue, "The case for federal investment is simple: we must use what we collect to maintain our ports to ensure and maintain America's global competitiveness." More
U.S. Supreme Court Grants Petition for Certiorari in Oil Spill Case in which ILTA Filed Amicus Brief Requesting That Certiorari Be Granted
April 22, 2019
On April 22, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) granted certiorari in a case involving over $143 million in oil spill cleanup costs incurred when a submerged anchor pierced a tanker as it approached a New Jersey refinery. The Supreme Court will address a split among the federal circuits over the applicable standard of care terminal owners assume regarding vessel operators’ ability to safely unload cargo when entering into charter party agreements (a form of maritime contract involving the marine transport of goods) containing what are known as “safe berth” clauses.
The decision to take up the case follows the filing of an amicus brief in favor of the petition for certiorari that GKG Law submitted on behalf of the American Fuels & Petrochemical Manufacturers Association (AFPMA) and the International Liquid Terminals Association (ILTA). AFPMA and ILTA have members who are stakeholders in the maritime transportation, storage and oil refining, and petrochemical industries. The primary issue raised in the petition, and in GKG’s amicus brief, was the Third Circuit’s decision in Frescati v. CARCO holding a charterer (or shipper) strictly liable for damages arising under a charter party agreement. The Supreme Court’s decision on the merits should resolve a split among the circuits as to how to interpret safe berth clauses in charter agreements.
More information on this matter and the ILTA amicus brief can be found here.
Comments of the Waters Advocacy Coalition (WAC) on the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Proposed Rule, Revised Definition of “Waters of the United States” (Docket Id. EPA–HQ–OW–2018–0149)
April 15, 2019
The Waters Advocacy Coalition (“WAC” or “Coalition”) -- of which the International Liquid Terminals Association is a member -- writes to provide comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (“Corps”) proposed rule to revise the definition of “waters of the United States” (“WOTUS”) under the Clean Water Act (“CWA” or the “Act”), 84 Fed. Reg. 4154 (Feb. 14, 2019) (the “proposed rule”). WAC appreciates the agencies’ efforts to increase predictability and consistency by clarifying the scope of WOTUS regulated under the Act. In enacting the CWA, Congress exercised its commerce power over navigation and granted EPA and the Corps (together, the “agencies”) specific, limited powers to regulate “navigable waters,” defined in the CWA as “waters of the United States.” For years, the agencies’ regulations and guidance documents have attempted to expand the WOTUS definition beyond its constitutional and statutory limits, and this proposed rule is an important step in re-aligning the WOTUS definition with Congress’s intent for the scope of federal jurisdiction under the Act. The proposed rule gives meaning to the term “navigable” and recognizes that a defining feature of the CWA is to preserve the states’ traditional and primary authority over land and water use, attempting to restore the appropriate balance between state and federal oversight authority in this area....more
Securing Our Nation’s Chemical Facilities: Stakeholder Perspectives on Improving the CFATS Program
March 14, 2019
The International Liquid Terminals Association (ILTA) is grateful for the opportunity submit written testimony for the record of the March 12, 2019 hearing, “Securing Our Nation’s Chemical Facilities: Stakeholder Perspectives on Improving the CFATS Program.” ILTA is the only trade association focused exclusively on the tank and terminals industry, representing more nearly 90 companies with over 600 terminals across all 50 states. ILTA members provide storage and transportation logistics for a wide range of liquid commodities, including refined petroleum products, crude oil, chemicals, renewable fuels, fertilizer, vegetable oil and other food-grade materials. Liquid terminals are a vital component of our transportation infrastructure, connecting the U.S. economy and overseas markets in the trade of bulk liquid commodities. ... more