President Biden has yet to visit East Palestine, Ohioa month after he said he would visit the town affected by the toxic chemical spill “at some point”.
on March 2, almost a full month after the train derailed on February 3 Toxic chemicals In the Ohio town, Biden said he would head to eastern Palestine at some point in the future.
“As the president said, he’s going to East Palestine,” a White House official told Fox News Digital Friday. Today he is in Rolling Fork, Mississippi, a community that has suffered tremendous loss: 13 lives have been tragically lost, homes have been destroyed, and businesses have been leveled.
“We are just as committed to helping this community recover as we are to continuing to support the people of East Palestine. At the direction of the President, federal teams remain on the ground to this day to support response efforts and hold Norfolk Southern accountable.
“The CDC has been going door-to-door screening families and has collected more than 1,000 health surveys so far,” the official added. And the Department of Justice announced that it is suing Norfolk Southern to seek damages and hold them accountable.
Within two hours of Norfolk Southern being notified of the derailment, the official said, the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation had proceeded and were at the accident site in eastern Palestine.
In addition, the official said that with the “responsible state and The Environmental Protection Agency is leading the federal responseThey quickly set about holding the railroad company accountable, containing damage and monitoring environmental impacts.
“President Biden reached out to Governors (Mike) DeWine and (Josh) Shapiro shortly after the train derailed to offer additional federal assistance, and his team has kept members of Congress, state and local leaders updated on the response efforts throughout. The President has directed his team to make sure That the states have everything they need for as long as they need it.”
Biden vowed to visit eastern Palestine after pressure mounted to do so following the derailment and toxic chemical spill.
We stand side by side Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer After a closed meeting with Democrats on Capitol Hill Thursday, reporters asked Biden if he would visit Ohio.
The President replied, “I have spoken to every official in Ohio, Democrat and Republican, as continuously as I have in Pennsylvania.”
He said he had “clarified” during his meeting with senators what he believed were the “answers” for dealing with the train wreck, adding, “We’re going to implement a lot of legislation here.”
This was in reference to a bipartisan bill introduced last month by two senators from the US state of Ohio aimed at improving rail safety protocols.
“And I’ll be there at some point,” Biden said, without elaborating on a time frame.
After the leak, Biden reached out to Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine to offer federal assistance if needed.
The boss called me and said anything you wanted. I didn’t call him back after that conversation,” DeWine Reporters in feb. “We wouldn’t hesitate to do that if we saw a problem or anything, but I don’t.”
Fox News Digital’s Elisabeth Elkind contributed reporting.