EPA Administrator Michael Regan announced on Friday that cleanup for the train derailment and subsequent chemical fallout in East Palestine, Ohio, will take three months.
Local and state authorities previously evacuated all citizens within one mile of the February 3 derailment and started a controlled burn of chemicals on the vehicle. Vinyl chloride, a human carcinogen used to manufacture PVC, was emitted from five train cars in the form of massive plumes of black smoke visible throughout eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania.
Regan said on social media that Norfolk Southern, the rail company at the center of the incident, has removed “nearly half” of contaminated soil from the tracks, as well as 6.8 million gallons of liquid waste and 5,400 tons of solid waste. He remarked during
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