Biden to visit East Palestine one year after train derailment

President Joe Biden will travel to East Palestine, Ohio, next month, after promising to visit the community devastated by an environmental disaster caused by a toxic train derailment a year ago.

Biden was widely criticized for traveling to Ukraine when residents of the village, near Ohio’s border with Pennsylvania, were forced to relocate after the Feb. 3 Norfolk Southern freight train derailment, in which some of the 38 cars, several of which were carrying hazardous materials, burned for days after the crash.

“In February, President Biden will travel to East Palestine, Ohio, to meet with residents impacted by the Norfolk Southern train derailment and assess the progress that his administration has helped deliver in coordination with state and local leaders to protect the community and hold Norfolk Southern accountable,” a White House official said Wednesday.

The White House has repeatedly underscored Biden’s “comprehensive, whole-of-government
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