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Tell Congress to Act NOW: Prevent the Norfolk Southern train derailment from happening again!
We need Congress to take swift action to hold railroads accountable and make workers and the broader public safer. The train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio in February, has cast a bright spotlight on the lack of regulation and oversight on our railway system. Congress needs to act to protect worker's rights and ensure that this doesn't happen again.
Why is this important?
Senators have introduced the “Railway Safety Act of 2023” to address some of the concerns about rail safety that resurfaced after the disastrous Norfolk Southern train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio.
The bill calls for stronger safety standards for all trains carrying hazardous materials and also expands those standards to trains not currently subject to high-hazard flammable train, or HHFT, regulations (like the train in East Palestine). We need this legislation to pass swiftly in the Senate, so it can go to the House, and then Biden's desk. People deserve protection and regulations so that railroad workers are able to feel safe at work, and residents feel safe knowing trains passing by their communities will be less likely to derail.
A second train derailed in Ohio just a few days ago. We don't have time to waste to take widespread action towards rail safety.
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