Claim: Trump administration removed Obama-era rail safety rules that would have prevented the train crash in East Palestine, Ohio.
Why it matters After weeks of silence, a February 3 train brought an end to the silence. derailment That “basically nuked a town” The White House has been using toxic chemicals to try to give the blame to Donald Trump. Biden’s administration claims that the derailment wouldn’t have happened if Trump had not repealed rules that would have required new electrical braking technology for trains transporting large amounts of hazardous materials.
The Biden administration has so far failed to restore those rules, which wouldn’t have applied to the derailment train anyway.
Context: The White House is launching an offensive against Republican criticisms of its lack interest in the disaster. Andrew Bates, White House spokesperson Requirements On Wednesday, the Republicans offered their condolences to East Palestine residents “selling them out to rail industry lobbyists.”
However, the Biden administration has been absent most of the time during this crisis. The president surprised everyone by going to Ukraine instead of Ohio. Buttigieg, meanwhile, criticized Construction workers are too white and have to be prioritized. “personal time” Throughout February, choose instead to Get out of the way Reporters questioned him about the crisis and his response.
Buttigieg finally visited East Palestine Thursday, but only after Trump had visited the area the day before. The scandal-plagued transportation secretary Tweet Wednesday, he claimed that his critics were trying to distract from the repealed braking regulations.
Analysis: The Trump administration has scrapped electronic brake regulations for trains transporting large quantities of hazardous liquids. Jennifer Homendy, chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board, was however Nominated Biden, unanimously confirmed in the Senate, stated that the rule wouldn’t have applied to the Norfolk Southern train which was stranded in East Palestine on February 3.
“PLEASE STOP SPREADING MISINFORMATION,” Homendy pleaded guilty in a February 16th tweet thread.
“Some are saying the ECP (electronically controlled pneumatic) brake rule, if implemented, would’ve prevented this derailment. FALSE—here’s why,” Homendy wrote. “The ECP braking rule would’ve applied ONLY to HIGH HAZARD FLAMMABLE TRAINS. The train that derailed in East Palestine was a MIXED FREIGHT TRAIN containing only 3 placarded Class 3 flammable liquids cars.”
The ECP braking rule would only have applied to HIGH HAZARD FLAMMABLE TRAINES. The train
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