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Capito To Question Norfolk Southern CEO In Ohio Derailment Hearing

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, R-WV, will get to ask questions about last month’s Ohio train derailment in a hearing next week.

Capito is the senior Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. 

On March 9, the committee will hear from witnesses about the East Palestine derailment and chemical release. Among those scheduled to testify is Norfolk Southern CEO Alan Shaw.

Capito said she’s not had a chance to look at a bipartisan rail safety bill sponsored by senators from Ohio and Pennsylvania.

“So I look forward to looking at it in deeper detail, certainly the hearings, and the chance to question the CEO of Norfolk Southern will be a big part of that, yes,” Capito said.

Among other things, the bill would require a minimum of two crew members on every train, defect sensors on every 10 miles of track on hazardous material routes and more robust tank cars.