EAST PALESTINE, Ohio — As cleanup continues at the site of the toxic Ohio train derailment in East Palestine, the community will be getting another visit today from U.S. Sen. JD Vance.
“I think the most important message to the people of East Palestine is that we will not forget about them in the months and years to come," Sen. Vance said last Thursday during a Senate committee hearing in which Norfolk Southern CEO Alan Shaw was questioned about the Feb. 3 derailment.
Upon his return to East Palestine, Vance's office says he will meet with residents and local leaders with media availability set for 4:30 p.m.
During last week's Senate hearing, Shaw apologized and vowed to help the community recover.
“I’m terribly sorry for the impact this derailment has had on the folks of that community,” Shaw said during the hearing. “We’re going to be there for as long as it takes to help East Palestine thrive and recover.”
It was also where Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts repeatedly asked Shaw if Norfolk Southern would commit to compensating homeowners for their diminished property values after the East Palestine derailment.
"Senator, I’m committing to do what’s right," Shaw replied.
You can watch their full exchange on that question in the video below:
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