Norfolk Southern Chief Executive Alan Shaw has agreed to testify ahead of Congress in regards to the Feb. 3 teach derailment in East Palestine, Ohio.
In a remark Wednesday, the rail operator mentioned Shaw would testify ahead of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on March 9.
“Alan will share what he knows about the incident,” Norfolk Southern informed FOX Business. “As the [National Transportation Safety Board] has noted, there are also industry-wide issues, and we would expect that other industry participants will also be involved in future hearings. The rail industry needs to learn as much as it can from East Palestine, as can the owners of the rail cars.”
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Committee Chairman Tom Carper, D-Del., additionally showed Shaw’s testimony.
“This is an issue that affects a lot of folks and we and to make sure we get to the truth, and we want to make sure we get there sooner rather than later,” he reportedly mentioned. “We look forward to his testimony, and that of other state and local officials, including appropriate people from the [Environmental Protection Agency].”
A bipartisan team of U.S. senators has proposed regulation that may make railroads, like the only enthusiastic about closing month’s fiery crash and poisonous chemical unencumber in Ohio, matter to a chain of recent federal protection rules and fiscal penalties. The Railway Safety Act of 2023, co-sponsored through U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown and JD Vance, a Democrat and Republican, respectively, and 4 others of each events and offered Wednesday, responds to regulatory issues raised through the Feb. 3 derailment of a Norfolk Southern teach in East Palestine, close to the Pennsylvania border.
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The regulation would matter all trains wearing hazardous fabrics to further protection rules and state notification necessities, and build up consequences for violations.
Though nobody was once injured or killed, the coincidence and its aftermath imperiled all the village and within sight neighborhoods in each states. It induced an evacuation of about part the city’s 4,000 citizens, an ongoing multi-governmental emergency reaction and lingering worries amongst villagers of long-term well being affects.
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“Through this legislation, Congress has a real opportunity to ensure that what happened in East Palestine will never happen again,” Vance mentioned in a remark. “We owe every American the peace of mind that their community is protected from a catastrophe of this kind.”
The Associated Press contributed to this file.