Residents of Ravenna, Ohio and the surrounding area are in an uproar after a Norfolk Southern train derailed on February 15th, leaking toxic waste from a chemical disposal site in East Palestine.
The derailment caused thousands of gallons of hazardous waste to spill onto the ground near the tracks, and the ensuing cleanup efforts have been slow and inadequate, according to residents.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is currently investigating the incident and is working with Norfolk Southern to ensure the hazardous materials are properly disposed of.
The incident has caused a great deal of concern among residents, who fear that the chemicals may have contaminated their drinking water.
Meanwhile, State Representative Christina Hidalgo has questioned the decision to dispose of the toxic waste in a landfill in Indiana, which has a history of environmental violations.
Hidalgo has called on the Ohio EPA to investigate the landfill and ensure that it is properly equipped to handle the hazardous materials.
The incident has raised questions about the safety of chemical disposal sites and the adequacy of the state’s safety regulations.
Many residents are calling for stricter regulations and better oversight of chemical disposal sites in the wake of the incident.
The Ohio EPA has promised to take all necessary steps to ensure the safety of the public and the environment in the wake of the incident.