Norfolk Southern CEO apologizes for East Palestine train derailment

Speaking before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on Thursday, Norfolk Southern CEO Alan Shaw apologized for the Feb. 3 train derailment that exposed the town of East Palestine, Ohio, to toxic chemicals. He said, “I am determined to make this right,” adding that the rail company would clean up the community.

Video transcript

ALAN SHAW: I want to begin today by expressing how deeply sorry I am for the impact this derailment has had on the residents of East Palestine and the surrounding communities. I've been to East Palestine many times over the past month. I've talked with the leaders, the business owners, the school officials, the clergy, and others throughout the community. They've shared their stories and their concerns about the health of their families and the future of the community they love.

I am determined to make this right. Norfolk Southern will clean the site safely, thoroughly, and with urgency. You have my personal commitment.