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Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

The Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) mission is to protect Pennsylvania's air, land and water from pollution and to provide for the health and safety of its citizens through a cleaner environment. Following this event, DEP is conducting testing of air, water, and soil in a two-mile radius surrounding the derailment site. Additional testing may be provided upon request. The derailment may negatively impact business operations. DEP offers several programs that provide funding (grants, loans, and rebate programs) for projects that enable businesses to operate more efficiently and to reduce pollution related to business activities. See below for links to testing results and to helpful programs for businesses.

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Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED)

The Department of Community and Economic Development’s (DCED) mission is to encourage the shared prosperity of all Pennsylvanians by supporting good stewardship and sustainable development initiatives across our commonwealth. DCED acts as advisors and advocates, providing strategic technical assistance, training, and financial resources to help Pennsylvania communities and industries flourish.

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Pennsylvania Office of Small Business Advocate

The Pennsylvania Office of Small Business Advocate (OSBA) is an independent state agency, administratively situated within DCED. OSBA is responsible for representing and protecting the legal rights and interests of Pennsylvania’s small business utility consumers in all legal matters before the PUC, corresponding state and federal regulatory agencies, and in higher courts. OSBA’s clients include small businesses employing from one to 250 employees.

The OSBA also carefully monitors matters before the Commonwealth Court, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”), and the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) on electric transmission, telecommunications and broadband projects, pipeline safety investigations, and other matters that have substantial impacts on Pennsylvania’s small businesses. The OSBA also works one on one with business owners to assist with resolving issues and concerns relating to their utilities. Business owners can contact OSBA, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. by phone at 717-783-2525 or by email

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA)

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) helps communities and citizens mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other human-made disasters. PEMA is working to coordinate the Commonwealth’s response to this incident. PEMA has developed a dashboard website that includes information about the chemicals involved, health resources, safety resources, farm resources, information from Norfolk Southern, and other resources.

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA)

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture encourages, protects and promotes agriculture and related industries throughout the commonwealth while providing consumer protection through inspection services that impact the health and financial security of Pennsylvania's citizens. Much of the land in the area of potential concern is agricultural and agricultural producers may have significant concerns about the impact of the train derailment.

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Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA)

The mission of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) is to strengthen the cultural, educational, and economic vitality of Pennsylvania's communities through the arts. The PCA accomplishes its mission through a combination of grants to the arts; partnerships and initiatives; technical assistance to partners and applicants; and by serving as a resource for arts-related information for public officials, other agencies of state government, and the general public.

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