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Pennsylvania Communities Near East Palestine

Norfolk Southern is committed to helping Pennsylvania communities near East Palestine recover and thrive. Learn more about our commitments and efforts to invest in the citizens, businesses, and life of these communities.

Total of $9.2M in commitments

A $5 million fund to reimburse local fire departments for costs associated with derailment response. 

A $1 million Community Relief Fund to provide support to businesses that have experienced losses as a result of the incident.

A $1 million donation to The Pittsburgh Foundation, supporting their mission of promoting responsible philanthropy and connecting donors to critical needs in the community.

$950,000 to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to cover costs associated with sampling and testing. This includes $300,000 for expenses already incurred and at least $650,000 for staff time in connection with the Unilateral Administrative Order (“UAO”) issued by US EPA and environmental sampling and testing required pursuant to the UAO.

$400,000 to the Pennsylvania Department of Health to cover costs incurred for the operation of the state’s Health Resources Center and the state’s Poison Control Call Line.

$30,000 to Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (“PEMA”)

The company further commits to funding and cooperating with Pennsylvania communities near East Palestine on additional emergency preparedness training.

NS held an appreciation dinner for PA first responders and provided a thank you gift. Over 80 first responders attended.
NS is supporting local fire departments with reimbursements for associated costs.
Environmental testing is ongoing, including sampling and testing of soil and water.
NS has established local relief funds to benefit impacted residents and businesses.