Salem Radio Network News Tuesday, March 28, 2023

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Congress must strengthen safety regulations after derailment — senator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The chair of the committee that will question Norfolk Southern Chief Executive Alan Shaw Thursday said Congress must pass reforms to strengthen rail safety regulations after a Feb. 3 derailment in Ohio.

“It’s our responsibility in Congress to answer: What went wrong? What do we need to do to fix it? What can we do to make sure it does not happen again?” Senate Environment and Public Works committee chair Tom Carper will say, saying Congress must work “to strengthen our nation’s rail safety regulations, ensure compliance with them and prevent future incidents like this one from happening.”

At the hearing Shaw will apologize and pledge to improve safety and address impacts, according to written testimony first reported by Reuters.

“I am deeply sorry for the impact this derailment has had on the people of East Palestine and surrounding communities,” Shaw will say.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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