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Biden’s Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg finally spoke out yesterday evening on the train derailment catastrophe in Palestine, Ohio.
In doing so he promptly blamed the Trump administration for rescinding a proposed rule on the use of electronically controlled pneumatic brakes on certain trains carrying toxic chemicals.
Here’s more via Fox News:
Tnsportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg shifted part of the blame for the recent derailment of a train carrying toxic chemicals in Ohio on the Trump administration reversing a little-known safety rule.
Buttigieg noted Tuesday evening that his agency had taken a series of steps to improve rail safety through “historic investments,” but said it was constrained by the Trump administration action. In 2018, the Department of Transportation (DOT) withdrew a rule proposed three years earlier requiring trains carrying certain dangerous chemicals to utilize electronically controlled pneumatic (ECP) brakes, saying the technology’s benefits were inconclusive.
“In the wake of the East Palestine derailment and its impact on hundreds of residents, we’re seeing lots of newfound or renewed (and welcome) interest in our work on rail safety, so I wanted to share more about what we’ve been doing in this area,” Buttigieg tweeted.
“We’re constrained by law on some areas of rail regulation (like the braking rule withdrawn by the Trump administration in 2018 because of a law passed by Congress in 2015), but we are using the powers we do have to keep people safe,” the transportation secretary added. “And of course, I’m always ready to work with Congress on furthering (or in some cases, restoring) our capacity to address rail safety issues.”
Buttigieg, meanwhile, has been blasted for his slow response to the derailment. He waited 10 days to address the situation, promising to “use all relevant authorities to ensure accountability and continue to support safety.
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Meanwhile, the Governor of Ohio has said the Department of Defense was consulted before burning the toxic chemicals from the train derailment that polluted the air, forcing evacuation: