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NE Ohio Train Derailment: DeWine says FEMA to deploy resources in East Palestine

COLUMBUS — FEMA will be deploying federal resources to East Palestine starting Saturday, according to Governor Mike DeWine’s Office.

They will support ongoing operations following the train derailment earlier this month.

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DeWine released a joint statement Friday night with FEMA Regional Administrator Thomas Sivak after continued discussions.

“FEMA and the State of Ohio have been in constant contact regarding emergency operations in East Palestine,” they said. “Tomorrow, FEMA will supplement federal efforts by deploying a Senior Response Official along with a Regional Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) to support ongoing operations, including incident coordination and ongoing assessments of potential long-term recovery needs.”

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The EPA and Ohio EPA have working together since day one following the train derailment, they added.

DeWine spoke with officials at the White House Thursday to address the need for federal help after a train carrying toxic chemicals derailed earlier this month.

We will continue to provide updates.