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YOUNGSTOWN — Norfolk Southern has agreed to permit specialists, representing two males from New Galilee, Pa., in a civil lawsuit, to look at rail automobiles concerned within the Feb. 3 East Palestine derailment.

The examinations had been slated for Tuesday by Thursday.

The settlement got here after a number of hearings Monday in U.S. District Courtroom in a lawsuit filed by Andrew Erdos, David Anderson and Valley View Cell Dwelling Park of New Galilee in opposition to Norfolk Southern. New Galilee is about 10 miles east of East Palestine.

Decide Benita Y. Pearson is presiding over the case. It’s one in all a few dozen lawsuits which have resulted from the derailment that brought on a hearth and dangerous chemical substances to be launched into the setting.

Legal professionals for the lads filed a short lived restraining order and preliminary injunction movement Friday asking for extra time than Norfolk Southern was providing to permit their professional witnesses to look at the derailment website and 11 derailed rail automobiles containing hazardous substances equivalent to vinyl chloride.

Norfolk Southern suggested the attorneys for Erdos and Anderson late Thursday the corporate would “maintain” the rail automobiles on the website till at this time so the automobiles could possibly be examined Tuesday and at this time.


Norfolk Southern suggested that after at this time, the corporate would “deliberately destroy related proof on the website” and that the rail automobiles “shall be eliminated or in any other case destroyed in order that Norfolk Southern can proceed its work on the website.”

The short-term restraining order request said that Norfolk Southern has had “limitless entry to the derailment website” since Feb. 3, however the plaintiff’s professional witnesses “haven’t but had any time to view and examine the derailment website, nor have they been given entry to any related proof, together with the 11 hazardous materials rail automobiles.”

A “joint discover” filed late Monday by Norfolk Southern and attorneys for Erdos and Anderson states the the events “labored collectively in good religion towards a decision” and agreed that the specialists can be allowed to examine 5 rail automobiles that contained vinyl chloride one extra day — at this time.

After at this time, the rail automobiles “shall be lower, scrapped and faraway from the positioning,” the submitting states. “If throughout the inspection interval of Feb. 28 by March 2, there are (particular person) items of any of those 5 automobiles which are recognized for additional inspection and/or testing, Norfolk Southern will protect these … items for additional inspection and/or testing off website,” the discover states.

As of Tuesday, the joint discover was not signed by Pearson.


The joint discover said a rail automobile contained isobutylene, and Norfolk Southern will make that automobile out there for inspection on website by Thursday. After that date, that automobile shall be transported to Texas, “the place it is going to be cleaned and purged after which preserved for later inspection.”

If the plaintiffs want extra time for inspection of that automobile past Thursday, “such inspection might be performed in Texas,” the joint discover states. Once more, if there are particular person items of the automobile recognized for additional inspection both in East Palestine or in Texas, “Norfolk Southern “is keen to protect these … items as soon as transported to Texas and out there for inspection, for additional inspection and/or testing off website,” in keeping with the joint assertion.

The joint assertion mentions “remaining three railcars,” saying Norfolk Southern will “make these automobiles out there for inspection onsite” Feb. 28 by Thursday. But when inspection of these automobiles isn’t full by Thursday, they are going to be moved to an offsite location close to the derailment website for additional inspection. And, items of these automobiles additionally shall be preserved for additional inspection if wanted.

Not one of the chopping, scrapping and/or removing of the talked about rail automobiles will happen till after Thursday, the submitting states.

One other listening to within the matter is about for midday at this time, the place a dialogue might be held if there are any additional points to debate from the joint assertion.


Courtroom paperwork from Monday’s listening to state that the plaintiffs argued on the listening to that two days for inspection of the rail automobiles was not sufficient, however Norfolk Southern mentioned two days was urged by the corporate’s HAZMAT workforce.

The corporate additionally said that it might want till March 10 “to conduct a full removing and cleanup of the derailment website.”

The choose said that “In balancing the significance of (Erdos and Anderson) having the chance to gather the proof essential for litigation and the pressing want for remediation to restrict the impression on the general public’s well being and security,” she proposed extending the inspection time at some point.

That extension “doesn’t lengthen the Environmental Safety Company’s supplied timeline for cleansing up the derailment website however, fairly focuses the allotment of time” to the plaintiffs’ professional witnesses to examine “whereas permitting (Norfolk Southern) ample time to take away the 9 remaining rail automobiles by March 10.”

The choose famous that two automobiles that contained benzene “have already been relocated, however they are going to be out there for inspection after Thursday.

At a listening to within the case Monday, points additionally had been raised relating to “a attainable dispute relating to permission” for the plaintiffs to “accumulate soil and water samples from the derailment website.”

There was no indication within the case information that the soil and water points had been resolved.

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