Residents in East Palestine, Ohio are in shock after a train derailed last week, spilling toxic chemicals into the nearby Ohio River.
The Cincinnati Water Works had to close the river intake to prevent contamination of the city’s drinking water. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is now investigating the incident and conducting tests to assess the extent of the contamination.
Local resident, Roberta Smith, is one of many people affected by the incident. She spoke to Fox News about her experience, saying, “I was really sick after the derailment. I had a really bad headache, nausea, and dizziness. It was really scary.”
The derailment has caused distrust in the community, with many residents questioning the safety of the river and the surrounding environment.
The Guardian US reported that the train was carrying a hazardous chemical called Trichloroethylene (TCE). TCE is used in industrial processes and has been linked to cancer and other health issues.
The New York Times ran an opinion piece calling for a ban on the use of TCE. The article states that the incident in East Palestine is yet another example of the dangers of toxic chemicals.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is continuing its investigation into the derailment and its effects on the environment.
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