Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Feb. 21: Gov. Shapiro Visits Ohio/EPA Train Derailment Site; Beaver County To Give Update Hear More From Residents; Case Referred To AG For Criminal Investigation

On February 21, Gov. Josh Shapiro visited East Palestine, Ohio to provide an update on the Norfolk Southern train derailment alongside United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan and Governor Mike DeWine. 

Gov. Shapiro also announced the Department of Environmental Protection referred the train derailment to the state Office of Attorney General for criminal investigation.  Read more here.

Gov. Shapiro detailed all of the work his Administration is doing to protect the people of Pennsylvania and the environment, and pledged to work with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Incident Management Teams as they assess and test for environmental and health impacts as part of a sweeping enforcement action to compel Norfolk Southern to conduct and pay for any cleanup actions caused by the derailment.

Gov. Shapiro also visited Darlington Township in Beaver County to meet with residents who received water testing this morning from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Southwest Regional office. 

The Governor’s top priority is to ensure the health and safety of Pennsylvanians who have been affected by this incident.

“From the beginning of the response to the Norfolk Southern train derailment, my Administration has been coordinating with first responders and emergency management personnel, our partners in Ohio, and the federal government,” said Gov. Josh Shapiro. “I’ve heard two messages from folks in Beaver County: we need testing and we need accountability. Our Administration is providing independent water testing to all those who want it in close proximity to the derailment site, and we’ll hold Norfolk Southern accountable for any and all impacts to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

Last week, Governor Josh Shapiro sent a letter to Norfolk Southern Corporation CEO Alan Shaw expressing serious concerns regarding the company’s management of the February 3 train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio after meeting with Beaver County Commissioners and local elected officials.

Pennsylvania continues to see no concerning air or water quality readings following the train derailment. 

The Pennsylvania DEP will continue to monitor the safety of Pennsylvania’s air, water, and environment – and ensure Pennsylvanians have the information they need to stay safe in the weeks and months ahead. 

For more information, visit DEP’s Ohio/PA Train Derailment webpage.


-- NBC News: Gov. Shapiro Said Tuesday DEP Referred The Ohio/PA Train Derailment To The PA Office Of Attorney General For Criminal Investigation 

-- PA Capital-Star: Gov. Shapiro Blasts Norfolk Southern For ‘Arrogance And Incompetence’ In Ohio/Train Derailment

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: Gov. Shapiro Vows To Hold Norfolk Southern Accountability For Ohio/PA Train Derailment

-- UnionProgress.com: Carnegie Science Center Invites Questions About Ohio/PA Train Derailment; Clean Air Council Welcomes Supplies For Residents

-- EPA: Orders Norfolk Southern To Conduct All Cleanup Actions Associated With Ohio/PA Train Derailment

-- AP: EPA Takes Charge Of Cleanup In Toxic Ohio/PA Train Derailment

Related Articles:

-- Carnegie Science Center Webinar Feb. 23: Ohio/PA Train Derailment; Submit Your Questions  [PaEN]

-- Gov. Shapiro Lays Out Serious Concerns Regarding Norfolk Southern’s Incident Management After Meeting With Beaver County Officials  [PaEN - 2.14.23]

-- Gov. Shapiro Announces Pennsylvania Will Conduct Independent Water Sampling Following Ohio/PA Train Derailment  [PaEN - 1.16.23]

-- PA Agriculture On Ohio/PA Train Derailment Impacts: 2 Reports Of Horses Affected By Smoke Immediately Following Controlled Burn; No Reports Of Livestock, Domestic Animal Health Symptoms After [PaEN - 2.18.23]

-- ​​DEP Provides Update On Actions Monitoring Air, Water For Impacts From Ohio/PA Train Derailment  [PaEN - 2.20.23]

-- Feb. 21: Gov. Shapiro Visits Ohio/EPA Train Derailment Site; Beaver County To Give Update Hear More From Residents; Case Referred To AG For Criminal Investigation  [PaEN - 2.21.23]

-- Two PA Senate Committees To Hold Hearings On Ohio/PA Train Derailment: Emergency Preparedness- Feb. 23; Transportation- Feb. 27 - Public Invited To Submit Questions  To Transportation [PaEN - 2.17.23]

[Posted: February 21, 2023]  PA Environment Digest

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