After Ohio Republican Governor Mike DeWine requested federal assistance for disaster relief, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said, “Ohio is not eligible for assistance at this time,” according to a statement from the governor’s office. A spokeswoman for DeWine stated, “FEMA believed the incident didn’t qualify as a traditional disaster, such as a tornado or hurricane, for which it usually provides assistance.”
From National File:
Early this week, Mike DeWine informed the press that Norfolk Southern Railroad, whose top shareholders include Blackrock and Vanguard, requested the chemical release following the train derailment. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine granted the company its wish on February 6th.