Pennsylvania Governor Suggests Company Involved In Ohio Train Crash Wanted To Burn Off Chemicals To Get Railway Opened Faster

  • In a letter to Norfolk Southern CEO Alan Shaw, Shapiro wrote that the crash, which occurred a quarter mile from the Pennsylvania state line, has produced a “significant impact on the residents, businesses, and environment” in Beaver County.
  • He noted that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency were “not immediately contacted” by Norfolk Southern after the crash and learned of the incident “independently in the first few hours after it occurred.”
  • Governor Mike DeWine (R-OH) previously told reporters that he and Shapiro had spent hours determining whether they should tolerate the risk of an explosion, which could have jettisoned shrapnel throughout East Palestine, or allow the chemicals to enter the atmosphere through the controlled burn.