Here’s what’s going on since the media began higlighting the story of the after effects from a toxic spill from a train derailment incident …
The state was not quified to get Federal assistance due to a Trump admin rule limiting federa resources……
The Bide admin now has the situation as theirs to handle….
The Federal Emergency Management Agency will deploy federal resources to the site of a train derailment in Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine (R) announced Friday evening after saying earlier this week that the agency had deemed the state ineligible.
“FEMA and the State of Ohio have been in constant contact regarding emergency operations in East Palestine. U.S. EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] and Ohio EPA have been working together since day one,” DeWine said Friday night in a joint state with FEMA Regional Administrator Thomas Sivak….
Both of Ohio’s senators, Sherrod Brown (D) and J.D. Vance (R) have separately urged DeWine to declare a disaster in the state, although Vance emphasized Thursday that such a declaration must not put the onus on the state and federal government rather than Norfolk Southern to be accountable for any damage….
Trump will travel to Ohio to grab some media attention and probably make things worst by making it a political situation….
Trump’s admin had watered down some train safety measures…
Now he’s gonna try to come to the rescue?
Former President Trump plans to visit the town of East Palestine, Ohio, where a train derailment led to the release of toxic chemicals, next week.
Trump posted on Truth Social in response to a report that he was planning to make the trip that the residents of East Palestine are “Great people who need help, NOW!” He later posted that he will visit on Wednesday….
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg in particular has received harsh criticism from both sides of the political aisle over the situation.
A progressive group demanded that Buttigieg restore railway safety regulations from the Obama administration that Trump revoked that they say would help avoid “disasters” like these in the future. They noted that Buttigieg tweeted about the situation on Monday, which was 10 days after the derailment occurred, but said holding the train company accountable “by Tweet only will not do.”
A spokesperson for the Transportation Department toldABC News that staff were on the site of the crash within hours to help with the investigation….
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee plans to hold a hearing on the environmental and public health impacts on the local community following the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio earlier this month.
Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.), the chairman of the committee, and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), the ranking member, said in a statement that they will focus on the local, state and federal response in the immediate aftermath of the derailment and the efforts to clean up the toxic chemicals that were slowly released into the environment….
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