Residents of East Palestine, Ohio, are struggling to cope with the aftermath of a train derailment that spilled hazardous materials into their community. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered Norfolk Southern to stop shipping the toxic waste, but locals are still feeling the effects of the incident.
Local officials in Michigan and Texas were unaware of the contaminated soil and water taken from East Palestine to their areas. One official said, “We were sandbagged.”
The derailment has caused fear and anger among East Palestine residents. Some have reported illnesses, and many are furious with President Biden for not doing more to help the community.
Meanwhile, President Trump visited East Palestine but Biden said the White House is engaged and working to address the situation.
The derailment has created a difficult situation for East Palestine residents, and it remains to be seen how the community will recover.