Gov. DeWine testifies on improving rail safety to U.S. Senate Committee

Published: Mar. 22, 2023 at 7:05 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 22, 2023 at 2:28 PM EDT
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EAST PALESTINE, Ohio (WOIO) - Governor Mike DeWine testified in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Wednesday.

DeWine’s testimony was delivered from East Palestine, where a train derailed and released toxic chemicals Feb. 3.

On Tuesday, DeWine issued a letter to Norfolk Southern Corporation President and CEO Alan Shaw.

The letter, in part, reads:

“It is our expectation that you will champion all good faith efforts to improve rail safety, and we are calling on you today to work with legislators to ensure the best possible policy outcomes in these proposals.”

“We also expect you will deliver for the people of East Palestine by fully supporting these legislative efforts until they are enacted.”

State lawmakers in Ohio have suggested there be a requirement for two-person crews on all freight trains and light engines, as well as wayside detection systems placed no more than 15 miles apart.