DOJ (Department of Justice) Sues Norfolk Southern for Clean Water Act Violations and Demands Payment for Cleanup and Penalties

Late on Thursday, the DOJ filed a lawsuit against Norfolk Southern for violating the Clean Water Act and is demanding payment for cleanup costs and penalties in relation to the catastrophic train derailment and chemical spill that occurred in East Palestine, Ohio in February.

The 28-page complaint, filed on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency in the Northern District of Ohio, contains two charges against the railway company and its parent company.

The first charge accuses the company of unlawfully polluting the nation’s waterways, while the second is related to a measure that allows the government to recover damages from companies that break environmental laws.

The Department of Justice is demanding that Norfolk Southern, which is based in Atlanta and operates in the eastern United States, pay the full cost of the environmental cleanup.