Biden administration considering penalties for Ohio rail disaster

A train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio.
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The Biden administration said Friday it was considering enacting civil penalties for rail operator Norfolk Southern following a train disaster in Ohio that led to an environmental crisis.

Senior administration officials told Politico that the White House was considering a "legally binding order to ensure the company pays for cleanup costs" for the wreckage of a freight train in East Palestine, Ohio. The train derailed on Feb. 3, putting the small town at risk of toxic gases and other environmental problems due to the burning of hazardous materials being transported.

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