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Ohio Derailment: No test results for vinyl chloride or hydrogen chloride above limits

Ohio Derailment: No test results for vinyl chloride or hydrogen chloride above limits



 

Ohio Derailment: No test results for vinyl chloride or hydrogen chloride above limits.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Tuesday a sweeping enforcement action against Norfolk Southern, which caused the Ohio train derailment, ordering the railroad to take full responsibility and cover all costs for the cleanup. If not complied with, the company will be fined 3 times.

 

Ohio Derailment: No test results for vinyl chloride or hydrogen chloride above limits.

 

The accident “upended the lives of local East Palestine residents, and EPA’s order will hold the company accountable for actions that endangered the health and safety of the community,” EPA Administrator Michael Reagan said at a news conference. “Let me be clear. : The Norfolk Southern Company will pay for cleaning up the mess they have caused and the trauma they have brought to the local community”.

 

If the company fails to complete any of the actions required by the EPA, the EPA will take steps “immediately” to make the company pay triple the cost.

 

EPA requires the company to: identify and clean up contaminated soil and water; pay EPA any costs related to the incident, including reimbursement for cleaning services the agency will provide to residents and businesses; attend public meetings and post online, at EPA’s request information.

 

Norfolk Southern had not responded to the EPA’s order by noon Tuesday.

 

The railway company is already facing multiple class action lawsuits from communities in East Palestine after the derailment forced residents within a radius of about a mile to evacuate their homes.

 

The Ohio attorney general’s office also said it plans to take legal action against Norfolk Southern.

 

On Tuesday, the Ohio Department of Health opened a clinic in East Palestine to address residents’ growing health concerns.

The department said it would open the clinic in partnership with nearby health authorities and with the support of the Ministry of Health. Local residents can visit the clinic if they have “any questions or concerns about their health conditions arising from the recent accident”.

 

The EPA said Tuesday that it had monitored indoor air in more than 550 local homes under a voluntary screening program offered to residents and found no test results for vinyl chloride or hydrogen chloride above limits.

 

A Norfolk Southern train laden with hazardous chemicals derailed earlier this month in an eastern Ohio town, and the company released and burned toxic chemicals in the area to avoid an explosion.

 

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Ohio Derailment: No test results for vinyl chloride or hydrogen chloride above limits

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