Residents of East Palestine, Ohio are still reeling from the aftermath of a train derailment that occurred on February 15th. The train was carrying shipments of contaminated waste, and the derailment caused an extensive fire that burned for days and left the surrounding area with hazardous air quality.
Now, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given the green light for shipments of contaminated waste to resume from the Ohio train derailment site. The EPA has determined that the air quality in the area is now safe enough for waste to be transported and disposed of properly.
The news of the waste shipments has been met with outrage by officials in Michigan and Texas, who were unaware that contaminated soil and water from the derailment had been taken to their areas. The officials have called the situation “unacceptable” and “a serious breach of trust,” and have accused Ohio of “sandbagging” them.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has estimated that the derailment has killed up to 43,700 fish and other aquatic life in the area. Meanwhile, one East Palestine woman has been left afraid to return home, as the fire from the derailment destroyed her home and much of her neighborhood.
The derailment and its aftermath have left many people in the area shaken and uncertain of their future. With shipments of contaminated waste set to resume, residents hope that the situation will be resolved soon and that the area can return to normal.