Rodgers, Johnson Announce Hearing on East Palestine Train Derailment with EPA, State, and Local Officials

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 a subcommittee hearing to address the environmental response to the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio. Witnesses, who will be announced at a later date, will include officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Administration and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. 

Rodgers and Johnson released the following statement: 

“The February train derailment has upended the lives of those living in East Palestine and the surrounding region. We will be hearing from federal, state, and local officials regarding their efforts to date and the actions they are taking to address the various environmental hazards. The communities that have been hurt deserve full transparency. The residents of these communities must be able to trust that their air, water, and soil is not a threat to their health.” 

Subcommittee on Environment, Manufacturing, and Critical Materials hearing titled: “Government Response to East Palestine: Ensuring Safety and Transparency for the Community” 

WHAT: Environment, Manufacturing, and Critical Materials Subcommittee hearing on the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio and the response efforts to date. 

DATE: Tuesday, March 28, 2023      

TIME: 10:00 AM ET    

LOCATION: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building     

This notice is at the direction of the Chair. The hearing will be open to the public and press, and will be live streamed online at If you have any questions concerning the hearing, please contact Kaitlyn Peterson at you have any press-related questions, please contact Sean Kelly at