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BREAKING: Norfolk Southern helped convince government officials to repeal brake rules — and corporate lobbyists watered down hazmat safety regs.

@davidsirota, @jul1arock, @RebeccaJBurns_ & @matthewccook5 have more here:…
MORE: Amid the lobbying blitz against stronger safety regulations, Norfolk Southern paid executives millions & spent billions on stock buybacks — all while the company shed thousands of employees despite warnings understaffing is intensified safety risks.…
Though the company’s 150-car train in Ohio reportedly burst into 100-ft flames upon derailing — & was transporting materials that triggered a fireball when they were released and incinerated — it was not being regulated as a “high-hazard flammable train.

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