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Ohio first responder calls decision to do 'controlled release' of 5 tank cars instead of 1 'jaw-dropping'
Norfolk Southern CEO apologies for Ohio train derailment in Senate hearing
Norfolk Southern CEO Alan Shaw told senators Thursday he is “deeply sorry” for the East Palestine, Ohio, train derailment, and promised financial aid to the residents there.
A first responder tasked with keeping the public safe in the wake of the toxic train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, testified Thursday that a decision by Norfolk Southern to conduct a controlled release of chemicals from five tank cars instead of just one was "jaw-dropping."
Eric Brewer, Director and Chief of Hazardous Materials Response at Pennsylvania’s Beaver County Department of Emergency Services – just across the Ohio border – made the comment during a Senate hearing as Norfolk Southern CEO Alan Shaw vowed to lawmakers that his company will be in the area for "as long as it takes to help East Palestine thrive and recover."
"The decision to go from the one tank car to the five was jaw dropping… just because of the impact," Brewer said.
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Brewer said around 48 hours after the Feb. 3 derailment, his department received a call from their counterparts in Columbiana County, Ohio, advising them that "railroad officials were concerned about one of the tank cars starting to heat up."
NORFOLK SOUTHERN CEO APOLOGIZES FOR EAST PALESTINE, OHIO, TRAIN DERAILMENT IN SENATE TESTIMONY