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Kentucky Gov. Declares State of Emergency After Multi-Car Train Derailment, Chemical Spill


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In a scene eerily similar to what we saw in East Palestine, Ohio in February, a major train derailment occurred in Southeastern Kentucky Wednesday which resulted in a chemical spill. Gov. Andy Beshear declared a state of emergency in Rockcastle County following the multi-car train derailment.


“By issuing a state of emergency, we are ensuring that every state resource is available to help keep our families safe,” Gov. Beshear said. “Please stay clear of this area as state, local and CSX officials respond.”

The state’s Emergency Operations Center has also been activated to Level 4. The state’s Energy and Environment Cabinet Emergency Response Team is also on scene.

The Governor has also activated the state’s price gouging laws to protect families from grossly overpriced goods and services. With the state of emergency in place, consumers in the commonwealth can report price gouging to the Office of the Attorney General. Under state law, price gougers can be held accountable.

The Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24/7, year-round, confidential crisis counseling and emotional support resource for survivors, responders and anyone in the United States struggling with distress or other mental health concerns related to any natural or human-caused disaster.:snip:

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