"This Is Disgusting:" Ohio Senator Finds 'Toxic Chemicals' In East Palestine Water

“This Is Disgusting:” Ohio Senator Finds ‘Toxic Chemicals’ In East Palestine Water

Earlier this week, residents of East Palestine, Ohio, were reassured that water is “safe to drink” after new Ohio EPA tests showed no detection of contaminants in raw water from several wells that feed into the town’s municipal water system. But many concerned residents and at least one senator don’t believe the government testing and have discovered what appears to be polluted creek beds. 

Ohio Senator JD Vance visited East Palestine on Thursday, meeting with residents, town officials, and federal officials.  

During a press conference, Senator Vance said Norfolk Southern Railway, the train operator responsible for the derailment, “has not the done the job on the cleanup.” 

Senator Vance told reporters that after the train derailed and the controlled burn of toxic chemicals (including vinyl chloride), Norfolk Southern quickly replaced the railroad tracks through the town to allow trains to pass. 

He said, “you can’t clean up and dig up an area if railroad tracks cover it… so the fact that they [Norfolk Southern] replaced the rails suggests they are more focused on reopening the railway than cleaning up this community.” 

A reporter told the senator that officials suggested: “the air is clean and water is fine, but people should drink bottled water.” He continued by saying folks just don’t know what to believe. 

Senator Vance responded, “the air doesn’t smell great to me.” He noted, “the air problem is a much shorter-term problem than the water problem.” 

Here’s a video of the press conference: