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Capito: Expect Senate Hearings On East Palestine Train Derailment

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, dressed in a gray blazer, speaks to a group of women in the West Virginia Legislature.Will Price/West Virginia Legislative Photography

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito says she expects hearings in Washington on the Ohio train derailment.

Capito serves on two Senate committees that could investigate the East Palestine derailment, Commerce, Science and Transportation, and Environment and Public Works.

Speaking with West Virginia reporters, she said she’d want to hear from affected residents, the Ohio EPA, the U.S. EPA, Norfolk Southern executives, as well as Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

Capito said she’d work with her fellow senators on both sides of the aisle to schedule a hearing.

“I would imagine, you know, within a month, we should probably try to schedule a hearing while all of the information is very, very fresh,” she said. “We also don’t want to divert away from the cleanup and the care that’s being given in the in the area and the testing that’s going on on the air and water.”

Capito also said she expected the House of Representatives would get involved.