Chairs Rodgers and Johnson Announce East Palestine Field Hearing on Derailment Cleanup Progress
Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Environment, Manufacturing, and Critical Materials Subcommittee Chair Bill Johnson (R-OH) today announced an upcoming field hearing in East Palestine, Ohio, titled “Life After the Train Derailment: Ensuring Transparency and Accountability for the People of East Palestine.”
Chairs Rodgers and Johnson released the following statement:
“The February train derailment and chemical spill upended the lives of people living in East Palestine and the surrounding region. As crews work to clean up these communities and help return life to normal, officials must provide full transparency for residents. In March, the Committee heard from government officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Administration and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. To continue building trust, we look forward to hearing from community leaders and rail industry officials next month regarding the ongoing cleanup efforts and the actions being taken to address residual environmental hazards.”
Subcommittee on Environment, Manufacturing, and Critical Materials hearing titled “Life After the Train Derailment: Ensuring Transparency and Accountability for the People of East Palestine.”
WHAT: A field hearing to assess the cleanup progress following the February train derailment and chemical spill in East Palestine, Ohio.
DATE: Friday, September 22, 2023
LOCATION: East Palestine, Ohio
WITNESSES: Witnesses will be announced and are by invitation only.
The hearing will be open to the public and press and will be livestreamed online at https://energycommerce.house.gov/. If you have any questions concerning the hearing, please contact Kaitlyn Peterson with the Committee staff at Kaitlyn.Peterson@mail.house.gov. If you have any press-related questions, please contact Sean Kelly at Sean.Kelly@mail.house.gov.