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The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit on behalf of the U.S. EPA against Norfolk Southern on Friday alleging the rail company violated the Clean Water Act by discharging hazardous substances and pollutants at the East Palestine, Ohio, train derailment beginning Feb. 3.
Since the derailment, the EPA estimates about 9.2 million gallons of wastewater and 12,932 tons of solid waste have been shipped off-site and is now seeking to make the rail company pay for cleanup.
“No community should have to go through what East Palestine residents have faced. With today’s action, we are once more delivering on our commitment to ensure Norfolk Southern cleans up the mess they made and pays for the damage they have inflicted as we work to ensure this community can feel safe at home again,” EPA Administrator Michael Regan said in a statement announcing the suit.