"EPA To Take Control Of Ohio Derailment Response"

"Under binding order, EPA will require Norfolk Southern to remediate toxic site in East Palestine".

"EAST PALESTINE, Ohio — The Environmental Protection Agency will take control of the response to the Ohio train derailment and order rail company Norfolk Southern to clean up the contamination, the agency said Tuesday, the Biden administration’s strongest response yet to the disaster.

Rather than clean up the toxic wreck voluntarily, as it has done so far, Norfolk Southern will be required to remediate the site under a plan approved by the EPA, which will also take over some aspects of the response from Ohio. Norfolk Southern will also have to pay the remediation costs — as well as pay for cleaning services that the agency will offer to residents and businesses, participate in public meetings and share information publicly, according to the EPA.

The EPA’s step comes 18 days after the Feb. 3 train derailment, which released toxic chemicals and fumes over a wide area. In the two weeks since evacuated residents were allowed to return to their homes, national attention on East Palestine has intensified, as many residents remain angry and fearful about potential contamination and health effects."

Nick Keppler, Justine McDaniel, and Timothy Puko report for the Washington Post February 21, 2023.


"EPA Orders Norfolk Southern To Clean Up Toxic Derailment" (AP)

"U.S. Orders Norfolk Southern To Clean Polluted Ohio Derailment Site" (Reuters)

"Buttigieg Seeks Higher Fines, Tighter Rules After Derailment" (Bloomberg Environment)

"Norfolk Southern Bashed for ‘Incompetence’ as EPA Leads Cleanup" (Bloomberg Environment)

Source: Washington Post, 02/22/2023