EAST PALESTINE, Ohio (WKBN) — On Thursday, First News learned more about efforts to remove toxic chemicals from the air, water and soil in and around East Palestine.
Governor Mike DeWine’s office has issued a press release to update the public on efforts to clean up Eastern Palestine. Politicians headed for the village from both sides of the aisle today.
According to Governor Mike DeWine’s office, one million gallons of contaminated liquid and 3,150 cubic yards of contaminated soil have been removed from the crash site, but it’s still unclear how much more will have to be removed.
Senator JD Vance addressed claims that new rails and tracks were installed over contaminated soil.
“In my opinion [that] They’re suggesting that they’re much more focused on reopening the railroad than cleaning up this community…that’s a big big deal,” Vance said.
EPA says no phosgene or inorganic acids directly related to the controlled combustion process were detected as the chemicals dissipated. Governor DeWine’s office reports that the EPA has not tested for these two contaminants.
“If evacuated, everyone should seek that test before returning home. We also expect Norfolk Southern to cover all costs of these tests,” said Senator Sherrod Brown. said.
US Environmental Protection Agency administrator Michael Regan was in the village today to check on the situation.
“EPA has helped screen more than 480 homes under its voluntary screening program,” said Regan.
Regan visited the house to see an air quality test performed on Christina Ferguson. She remains evacuated while awaiting air quality test results.
“Somebody needs to help us…we are sick,” said Ferguson.
EPA management also reviewed the work being done at the Sulfur Run to keep the water as clean as possible.
“Air and water are safe for residents we deem safe and will come back. If your water or air isn’t being tested, ask for it from both the EPA and the state. Ohio.” ‘, said Regan.
People may continue to notice odors around the crash site, but some of those chemicals have what’s known as a “low odor threshold,” according to the report from the DeWine government office, making them dangerous. It states that it can be smelled at a much lower level than that.
Contaminated water around the tracks continues to be a concern for rain in the forecast.
Experts fear these chemicals could end up in nearby waterways. A dam was set up along the Sulfur Run to prevent further spread.
“It’s the EPA’s responsibility to convince people who say the air is clean and the water is clean that they’re providing accurate information,” said Bill Johnson.
First News reportedly crews will work around the clock to remove these contaminants from the area.
https://www.wkbn.com/news/local-news/east-palestine-train-derailment/us-state-officials-speak-on-east-palestine-environmental-safety-concerns/ East Palestine, Ohio Visited by EPA Administrator Michael Regan and Other US Officials