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Rep. Miranda Urges Governor to Utilize Executive Power to Declare an Emergency in East Palestine

February 16, 2023
Jessica E. Miranda News

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Jessica E. Miranda (D-Forest Park), along with Ohio Senate and House Democrats, today sent a joint letter signed by all members to Governor Mike DeWine calling on him to officially declare a disaster in East Palestine. 

“The impact of the East Palestine train derailment is a disastrous and ongoing tragedy. More vital assistance is critically needed to fully address the cost of this catastrophe,” said Rep. Miranda. “The residents of East Palestine and nearby communities deserve to always feel safe and protected in their communities. Governor DeWine must declare an emergency and seek all available resources from our federal government to support the citizens who are coping with this environmental disaster.”

Both House and Senate Democrats are adamant Norfolk Southern must be held fully accountable and will fight for whatever investments are needed to ensure not only East Palestine, but any part of Ohio possibly impacted by the fallout, will get whatever is needed.