Our town will pay the price for chemical spill: Michael McKim
East Palestine, Ohio, resident Mike McKim reacts to officials’ claims the water in the community is safe to drink after a train carrying toxic chemicals derailed on ‘Kennedy.’
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is calling on the U.S. rail industry to take immediate action to improve safety following the train derailment in Ohio earlier this month.
The department said in a statement on Tuesday that Buttigieg is asking for a three-pronged response, including laying out steps for Class I railroads to take to improve rail safety and working conditions.
Following a letter to rail operator Norfolk Southern in the wake of the disaster, the department is calling for paid sick leave for workers, advance notification to state emergency response teams when transporting hazardous gas tank cars, a requirement for owners of tank cars they operate to expedite the phase-in of safer tank cars ahead of a 2029 deadline, the deployment of new inspection technologies without seeking permission to abandon human inspections and the protection of workers who flag safety issues from reprisal by joining the Federal Railroad Administration's Confidential Close Call Reporting Program.
OHIO TRAIN CRASH FORCES NORFOLK SOUTHERN TO PAY ‘INCONVENIENCE FEES’