Rep. Bill Johnson asks Norfolk Southern to re-evaluate criteria for East Palestine resident reimbursement
After visiting East Palestine and talking with residents, Representative Bill Johnson has reached out to Norfolk Southern asking the company to re-evaluate the criteria village residents need to meet to be reimbursed after the disaster.
In a letter addressed to Norfolk Southern Chief Executive Officer Alan Shaw, Johnson argues the train derailment affected all residents within East Palestine.
He notes that village residents are fearful of the impacts of the train derailment at the current time, and in the future.
East Palestine residents living beyond the 1-mile radius evacuated out of concern as well as those inside the radius, and those outside the evacuation zone wonder if they'll be reimbursed too.
Johnson asked the company to explain the metrics and data used to determine the evacuation zone.
He wrote to Shaw, "I encourage you to consider reimbursement for all East Palestine residents."
Johnson's letter to Shaw can be found here.