Mastriano, Senate Committee to Subpoena Norfolk Southern CEO to Testify about East Palestine Train Wreck

HARRISBURG – Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33), chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, will convene a meeting for members of the committee to vote to subpoena Norfolk Southern CEO Alan Shaw and force him to testify at a future hearing about the company’s response to the Feb. 3 train wreck in East Palestine, Ohio, its decision to ignite dangerous chemicals from several of the railcars on Feb. 5, and the ways these actions negatively affected the health and safety of nearby Pennsylvania residents.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 1, at 9:30 a.m., in Room 8E-A of the East Wing of the Capitol Complex in Harrisburg.

If approved, the committee would become the first legislative body in the United States to subpoena the CEO in the aftermath of the catastrophe.

Mastriano and the committee held a hearing in Monaca, Beaver County, on Thursday, Feb. 23, to hear from local residents affected by the train derailment, state agencies involved in the response and local emergency personnel who responded to the disaster. Shaw was invited to attend the hearing, but failed to appear.

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