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East Palestine Train Disaster - Overview & Current Response Status

  • May 16, 2024
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Webinar

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East Palestine Train Disaster - Overview & Current Response Status

Speaker: Mark Durno, Homeland Security Advisor,  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 5

Mark Durno received a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.  At EPA, Mark has served as an On Scene Coordinator, Supervisor, and Deputy Chief in the Emergency Response Branch of the Superfund Program in Region 5 since 1997.  He currently serves as Regional Homeland Security Advisor.  As part of his Homeland Security work, Mark coordinates Region 5’s Continuity of Operations and Disaster Recovery programs.  Mark is stationed in EPA’s Westlake, Ohio office.

Mark’s efforts have included numerous emergency response actions to chemical and oil spills in Region 5; support to national counter-terrorism planning and exercises; and, international biological response planning.   Notably, Mark has worked on or coordinated major incidents, including the Capitol Hill Anthrax response in Washington, D.C; Hurricane Katrina/Rita disaster response in Louisiana; the Flint Drinking Water Incident in Michigan; and the East Palestine Train Derailment Emergency in Ohio.  For his accomplishments, Mark was named EPA’s National On-Scene Coordinator of the Year in 2007, received a Gold Medal for Exceptional Service in 2017, and received EPA’s National Homeland Security Award in 2022.

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