Electric Co-op Rooting for Railroad Anti-Trust Legislation

BERRYVILLE, AR - A northwest Arkansas electric company is turning to customers to help reduce utility costs.  The Carroll Electrict Cooperative in Berryville added a one-page flyer to its monthly bills, urging customers to put pressure on lawmakers in Washington to support railroad anti-trust legislation.  The cooperative and others, along with some utilities, say rail delivery of coal, used in plants to make electricity, is unreliable and has contributed to higher electric costs.

But railroads say that shipping rates are 61 percent lower now than in 1980 and that freight rail companies are spending $10 billion this year to expand infrastructure on the nation's clogged rail network.

Arkansas Democratic Congressmen Marion Berry, Mike Ross and Vic Snyder are among the co-sponsors of the anti-trust legislation.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)