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Norfolk Southern Agrees to Pay for East Palestine Residents to Relocate During Cleanup

Environmental Protection Agency
Norfolk Southern contractors removing a burned tank car from the crash site.

Norfolk Southern announced Monday that it would pay for residents to move away from the East Palestine, Ohio, area during its cleanup effort. A train containing toxic chemicals derailed there just over a month ago.

WESA’s Oliver Morrison says the new effort will apply to residents within a mile of the derailment and is being both celebrated and criticized.

Read the full story here.

(Original air-date: 3/11/23)

Oliver Morrison is a general assignment reporter at WESA. He previously covered education, environment and health for PublicSource in Pittsburgh and, before that, breaking news and weekend features for the Wichita Eagle in Kansas. He started his career in New York reporting for local and national publications like City Limits and The Atlantic. He taught English and theater in the Arkansas Delta for seven years before switching careers in 2013. Oliver is a graduate of Deep Springs College, the University of Oxford and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.