Congressional subcommittee plans September hearing on East Palestine derailment cleanup efforts
Some Republican members of Congress are planning a hearing next month in East Palestine to learn about progress in the cleanup following the February 3rd Norfolk Southern derailment, chemical spill, and fire.
The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Environment, Manufacturing, and Critical Materials Subcommittee Chair Bill Johnson will hold a field hearing in East Palestine on Friday, September 23.
The Subcommittee on Environment, Manufacturing, and Critical Materials hearing titled “Life After the Train Derailment: Ensuring Transparency and Accountability for the People of East Palestine,” a time and location for the hearing has not been announced.
“The February train derailment and chemical spill upended the lives of people living in East Palestine and the surrounding region. As crews work to clean up these communities and help return life to normal, officials must provide full transparency for residents,” said Rodgers and Johnson in a joint statement.
The hearing expects to gather testimony from community leaders and rail industry officials about the actions being taken to address residual environmental hazards.
Witnesses will be announced and are by invitation only.
The hearing will be open to the public and press and will be live-streamed online at https://energycommerce.house.gov/.