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Rep. Dell'Aquila Calls for Action to Ensure Ohio's Rail Safety Following East Palestine Disaster

February 16, 2023
Richard Dell'Aquila News

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Richard Dell’Aquila (D-Seven Hills), along with members of the House Democratic Caucus, today sent a letter to the Ohio House Finance Committee and the Ohio House Transportation Subcommittee of Finance suggesting a series of amendments to the State Transportation Budget following the tragic events in East Palestine. 

“While state and federal authorities are currently monitoring the consequences of the East Palestine disaster, it is crucial to prioritize the long-term health and wellbeing of Ohioans. The transport of hazardous chemicals is an inherently hazardous activity, requiring the utmost vigilance and care for the protection of the public and the environment,” said Rep. Dell’Aquila. “This includes the proper maintenance of equipment and infrastructure.”

On an unrelated matter, Rep. Dell’Aquila earlier this week contacted Norfolk Southern urging the railway to address two rail bridges that have been identified by the city of Brooklyn for urgent repairs.

The Ohio House Finance Committee is scheduled to meet next on Tuesday, February 21st and the biennial Transportation Budget must be passed by Friday, March 31st.