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Priorities for rail safety bill debated in U.S. Senate hearing with Norfolk Southern CEO

BY: - March 22, 2023

Members of a U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday previewed what they would push for in bipartisan rail safety legislation likely to progress through Congress in the aftermath of the East Palestine, Ohio, derailment. Democrats and Republicans on the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hinted they wanted to strengthen requirements about reporting hazardous cargo, […]

Workers attempt to move a damaged rail car at the site of train derailment that released hazardous chemicals into a town near the Ohio-Pennsylvania border. (Photo courtesy of the Environmental Protection Agency)

Federal government to send medical experts to site of Ohio train derailment

BY: - February 17, 2023

WASHINGTON — The federal government is sending medical personnel and toxicologists to conduct public health testing following the derailment of a train carrying hazardous materials that released into a small town near the Ohio-Pennsylvania border. A team from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be […]

Sri Benson (center) holds a photograph of his wife Katie, an Army medic who he said died due to toxic exposure, during the signing ceremony for the PACT Act in the East room of the White House on Aug. 10, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Thousands of veterans deluge VA with claims for toxic exposure benefits, health care

BY: - November 24, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is processing claims at the fastest rate in its history, hoping to avoid a significant backlog as hundreds of thousands of veterans apply for health care and benefits under the landmark toxic exposure law Congress passed earlier this year.  The day after President Joe Biden signed the […]