Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has requested a Major Presidential Disaster Declaration from President Joe Biden in response to a Norfolk Southern train derailment in East Palestine earlier this year, which caused a fire that burned for several days. East Palestine Fire Chief Bill Jones was one of the first responders and had to decide whether or not to burn toxic chemicals on the train. The disaster declaration would guarantee federal aid to the community in the event that Norfolk Southern’s support ceases. The derailment is still under investigation by the Federal Railroad Administration.
Ohio Governor Requests Major Presidential Disaster Declaration in Response to East Palestine Train Derailment