Posted BY: Bill | NwoReport
On Tuesday, Republican Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost sued Norfolk Southern over its train derailment on February 3 that caused a toxic chemical spill.
The Ohio AG filed a 106-page lawsuit to hold Norfolk Southern liable for all financial damages associated with the train derailment. This would mainly entail hazardous chemical pollution of the air and water. The lawsuit lists 58 federal and state environmental law violations that Norfolk Southern allegedly violated, including state hazardous waste, water pollution control, solid waste, and air pollution control laws.
“Norfolk Southern should have taken, but did not, appropriate steps to prevent the Derailment and resulting harm to the State, and at a minimum Norfolk Southern should have been prepared to adequately respond to the Derailment and mitigate damage immediately after the Derailment,” the lawsuit argues.
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The attorney general further accuses Norfolk Southern of Common Law violations, including public nuisance for the chemicals released into the environment, negligence for the operational defects and trespassing for contaminating natural resources. Yost is proverbially ‘throwing the book’ at Norfolk Southern.
“Ohio shouldn’t have to bear the tremendous financial burden of Norfolk Southern’s glaring negligence,” Yost added in a press release. “The fallout from this highly preventable incident may continue for years to come, and there’s still so much we don’t know about the long-term effects on our air, water and soil.”