Priorities for rail safety bill debated in U.S. Senate hearing with Norfolk Southern CEO

Committee members hinted they want to strengthen requirements about reporting hazardous cargo, communicating with train operators and safety inspections

By: - March 22, 2023 4:51 pm
Ohio train derailment

On Feb. 3, a Norfolk Southern Railway train derailed in East Palestine, a town of nearly 5,000 residents, leading to the release of dangerous chemicals through a controlled burn to prevent an explosion. It forced residents to evacuate the area. (Courtesy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Members of a U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday previewed what they would push for in bipartisan rail safety legislation likely to progress through Congress in the aftermath of the East Palestine, Ohio, derailment.

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Jacob Fischler
Jacob Fischler

Jacob covers federal policy as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Based in Oregon, he focuses on Western issues. His coverage areas include climate, energy development, public lands and infrastructure.