Unraveling Responsibility: Norfolk Southern Under Scrutiny After The East Palestine Train Derailment

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2024

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Fan, Brighton

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On February 3rd, 2023, a Norfolk Southern train traveling through East Palestine, Ohio derailed, releasing toxic chemicals into the nearby soil, waterways, and air. This prompted mass evacuations of East Palestine's residents and left lingering questions of the environmental and health effects. This thesis seeks to examine the causes of the derailment and Norfolk Southern's steps towards accountability. While exploring the environmental, health, transportation, and legal aspects of the derailment, this thesis will also identify the various areas where Norfolk Southern is culpable. With adequate litigation and legislative action, East Palestine will set a precedent for improved rail safety and environmental justice in communities neighboring railways.

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Environmental law., Rail safety policy., Environmental Justice.

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