Sen. Markwayne Mullin ahead of Norfolk Southern CEO testimony: ‘We want answers’
Sen. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., discusses the questions and concerns surrounding the Ohio train derailment ahead of the Norfolk Southern CEO’s testimony before Congress.
Norfolk Southern President and CEO Alan Shaw is to apologize before Congress Thursday for the Feb. 3 East Palestine, Ohio, train derailment.
"I am deeply sorry for the impact this derailment has had on the people of East Palestine and surrounding communities, and I am determined to make it right," Shaw will say before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, according to a copy of his prepared remarks released beforehand.
"We will clean the site safely, thoroughly, and with urgency. We are making progress every day. Working now under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recent Unilateral Administrative Order, we have submitted a long-term removal plan that will guide our comprehensive testing program for the community's water, air, and soil," he's to say. "That testing is guided by science, and we will continue to share the results transparently. The Ohio and U.S. Environmental Protection Agencies, as well as other local agencies, are continually monitoring the air and water quality in East Palestine and report that both the air and water are safe."
Shaw said to consider the financial assistance from the railroad operator so far as just a "down payment."
NORFOLK SOUTHERN CONDUCTOR DEAD AFTER TRAIN COLLIDES WITH DUMP TRUCK IN CLEVELAND, OHIO, NTSB INVESTIGATING