Residents of East Palestine, Ohio, were left in shock after a train derailment last week left hazardous materials in its wake. In response, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered Norfolk Southern to pause waste removal from the site.
The EPA’s decision has caused alarm among officials in Michigan and Texas, who claim they were unaware that contaminated soil and water from the derailment had been taken to their areas.
“We were sandbagged,” said one Michigan official.
Meanwhile, locals in East Palestine are expressing concern over the health risks of the derailment. Some parents are worried about sending their children back to school in the wake of the incident.
“It’s a sign of whos helping,” said one resident.
President Trump visited East Palestine on Tuesday, but his Democratic rival Joe Biden said the White House has been engaged with the situation.
“It doesn’t necessarily need a sign of whos helping,” Biden said.