April 14, 2024
Home GOP plans Ohio derailment hearings

Contaminated waste is eliminated Friday from the derailment website in East Palestine, Ohio. Photograph: Matt Freed/AP

A number of Home committees are gaming out aggressive hearings 0n the Biden administration’s response to the poisonous practice wreck in Ohio — together with how the federal government supervises large rail firms, Axios has discovered.

Why it issues: The Feb. 3 derailment in East Palestine left residents more and more fearful in regards to the air and water — and ignited a political storm over the therapy of the agricultural, Republican residents.

Home Oversight and Accountability Chair James Comer (R-Ky). despatched a letter demanding paperwork from Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Friday — the identical day Buttigieg was visiting the wreck for the primary time, Axios’ Andrew Solender writes.

  • Former President Trump had visited the location the day earlier than.
  • Buttigieg final week referred to as for a listing of reforms by the freight rail business.

What we’re listening to: Probes are being thought-about by the Home Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and Home Power and Commerce Committee — the place Rep. Invoice Johnson (R-Ohio), who represents East Palestine, is a member.

  • Search for at the very least one discipline listening to in East Palestine, so Home members can hear from residents in individual.

“The infrastructure failure that prompted the derailment has led to an environmental catastrophe,” Comer’s letter says. “The Committee is deeply involved by DOT’s sluggish tempo in resolving this matter.”

  • The letter asks for a slew of paperwork and communications about how the derailment was dealt with + administration coverage trains carrying hazardous supplies.

Actuality verify: The White Home tells Axios that at President Biden’s course, federal companies “are going round door to door in East Palestine this weekend to verify in on every household personally.”

  • A White Home timeline reveals that inside two hours of Norfolk Southern reporting the derailment at 11 p.m. on Feb. 3, EPA and Transportation Division officers had been on the scene.

  • Biden, who has claimed Trump deregulatory ways had been partly responsible, stated Friday: “[T]he concept that we’re not engaged is simply merely … not there.”

The Home Transportation and Infrastructure Committee stated in a press release:

  • “The vital factor is to be taught precisely what occurred, what components performed a job within the accident, and what components didn’t. The Committee is staying engaged on this problem, however nobody ought to leap to any conclusions or act with out all of the info. Which is precisely what the NTSB is working to supply by their investigation.”

On the Senate facet, the highest Democrat and Republican on the Senate Surroundings and Public Works Committee introduced Feb. 17 that they will maintain a listening to on the wreck’s “environmental and public well being impacts.”

Editor’s word: This model provides the assertion from the Home Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.