In light of the recent train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Shelley Moore Capito have announced that they will be holding a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing to examine the environmental and public health impacts of the incident. This hearing will focus on the local, state, and federal response in the immediate aftermath of the accident as well as the ongoing efforts to clean up any toxic chemicals that may have been released.
Members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee issued the following statement:
“The recent Norfolk Southern train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio has led to serious health and safety concerns from the surrounding communities. Given these concerns, we will hold a committee hearing soon on the environmental and public health impacts of this incident.
“Our focus will be to examine the local, state and federal response in the immediate aftermath of the train derailment and the ongoing efforts to clean up toxic chemicals in the surrounding environment.
“We believe this is an important step to ensure that response prioritizes the health and safety of those impacted by this terrible accident.”
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