ATLANTA, March 14,
2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Norfolk Southern
Corporation (NYSE: NSC) issued the following statement Tuesday
following an announcement by Ohio
Attorney General David Yost.
Every day since the derailment, our goal has been to make it
right for the people of East
Palestine and the surrounding communities. We are making
progress every day cleaning the site safely and thoroughly,
providing financial assistance to residents and businesses that
have been affected, and investing to help East Palestine and the communities around it
We are also listening closely to concerns from the community
about whether there could be long-term impacts from the derailment.
This week, we met with Ohio
Attorney General Dave Yost to
discuss three additional programs we plan to develop in conjunction
with his office and other community leaders and
Many residents are worried about what they will do if health
impacts related to the derailment are discovered years from now. We
appreciate Ohio Governor
Mike DeWine's leadership and
advocacy on this point. To date, environmental monitoring continues
to show the air and drinking water are safe. To provide an
additional level of assurance, we are committed to a solution that
addresses long-term health risks through the creation of a
long-term medical compensation fund.
We also know residents are worried about their home values.
While we are working with local leaders on investments to support
the community's long-term prosperity, we understand these
concerns. We are committed to working with the community to
provide tailored protection for home sellers if their property
loses value due to the impact of the derailment.
Finally, we have heard the community's interest in programs that
protect drinking water over the long term. We are prepared to
work with stakeholders toward that goal as well.
We look forward to working toward a final resolution with
Attorney General Yost and others as we coordinate with his office,
community leaders, and other stakeholders to finalize the details
of these programs.
For more information on Norfolk Southern's actions and
assistance in East Palestine,
please visit nsmakingitright.com.
About Norfolk Southern
Since 1827, Norfolk Southern
Corporation (NYSE: NSC) and its predecessor companies have safely
moved the goods and materials that drive the U.S. economy. Today,
it operates a customer-centric and operations-driven freight
transportation network. Committed to furthering sustainability,
Norfolk Southern helps its customers avoid 15 million tons of
yearly carbon emissions by shipping via rail. Its dedicated team
members deliver more than 7 million carloads annually, from
agriculture to consumer goods, and is the largest rail shipper of
auto products and metals in North
America. Norfolk Southern also has the most extensive
intermodal network in the eastern U.S., serving a majority of the
country's population and manufacturing base, with connections to
every major container port on the Atlantic coast as well as the
Gulf of Mexico and Great Lakes.
Learn more by visiting www.NorfolkSouthern.com.
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