U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown and J.D. Vance, both from Ohio, want the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to decide if the hazardous train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio nearly eight months ago qualifies as a public health emergency.
Pennsylvania U.S. Sens Bob Casey and John Fetterman on Friday sent a letter to the CEO of Norfolk Southern urging the company to participate in an early warning system that the railroad announced it would join earlier this year.
U.S. Sens. from Ohio and Pennsylvania want the National Institutes of Environmental Health to help in the response to health concerns from residents impacted by the Feb. 3 Norfolk Southern train derailment.
Norfolk Southern CEO Alan Shaw did not appear in front of Pennsylvania lawmakers on Wednesday, but is expected to do so later this month and provide documents that track the rail company’s response to the derailment in East Palestine, Ohio.
Norfolk Southern agreed this week to reimburse first responders, county relief funds and state agencies nearly $7.4 million in the wake of the Feb. 3 train derailment near the Pennsylvania-Ohio border.