Residents of East Palestine, Ohio are facing a contaminated water crisis after a train derailed on Monday, February 15th. The train was carrying a hazardous chemical, and it is believed that the chemical leaked into the Ohio River.
In response, Cincinnati officials have closed the Ohio River intake to prevent contamination of the city’s water supply. Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown has spoken out about the incident, saying that East Palestine residents have a “right to be skeptical” about the safety of their water.
In response to the incident, East Palestine’s Mayor has advised residents with wells to drink bottled water.
The White House has defended their response to the train derailment, noting that they are taking the situation seriously.
The incident has raised questions about the safety of the chemical that was on the train, with some calling for it to be banned.
The situation is ongoing and is being monitored closely by local, state, and federal officials.