The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the railway company Norfolk Southern, Alan Shaw, appeared before the Senate on Thursday to answer questions about thelast month, which caused a spill of toxic chemicals that endangered the local population.
“Norfolk Southern will get the job done and help East Palestine thrive.”
Alan Shaw, CEO of rail company, testifies before Senate committee that toxic chemical spill from train derailment will be cleaned up “safely, thoroughly and with urgency.” https://t.co/j664Rmw296 pic.twitter.com/i0AyCKX0GA
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) March 9, 2023
I want to begin today by expressing how much I regret the impact this derailment has had on the residents of East Palestine and the surrounding communities.... I am determined to do the right thing (...) I am going to end this. There are no conditions on our attendance; if residents have any concerns, we want them to come and talk to us (...) I promise we will not finish until we get it right.
Norfolk Southern Railway CEO Alan Shaw: "I want to begin today by expressing how deeply sorry I am for the impact this derailment has had on the residents of East Palestine and the surrounding communities...I am determined to make this right." pic.twitter.com/xpUi1jSdZU
— CSPAN (@cspan) March 9, 2023
The CEO promised that the company will "clean up the site thoroughly and urgently." After being asked whether he would pay compensation to residents for possible long-term medical costs, Shaw replied, "We're going to be there today, tomorrow, a year from now, five or 10 years from now."
He also said they will focus on"making rail safer" and promised that their safety standards will be "the best in the industry."
On the other hand, he stated that studies have shown that in East Palestine "the air is safe to breathe and the water is safe to drink." This was also confirmed during the hearing by Ohio EPA Director Anne Vogel.