On Friday, the Biden administration directed federal agencies to go door-to-door in East Palestine, Ohio, to check on families affected by the toxic train derailment. Under President Biden’s order, teams from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Environmental Protection Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency will visit homes beginning Saturday. Workers will ask how residents are doing, see what they need and connect them with appropriate resources from government and nonprofit organizations, the White House said.
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Officials in Michigan are outraged about the shipment of hazardous material from the East Palestine train derailment to Michigan, saying they were never told on Friday.
Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, and a team of officials including US Sen. Debbie Dingell (D-Michigan) spoke about the Norfolk Southern decision to send five trucks carrying cancer-causing vinyl chloride to Romulus, where Republic Services has a deep injection well.
In a press conference held Friday, Sen. Debbie Dingell (D-Michigan) spoke about the Norfolk Southern decision to send five trucks carrying cancer-causing vinyl chloride to Romulus, where Republic Services has a deep injection well.
“They told us there were five trucks that came today from Ohio that they have 99 percent water and one percent the vinyl chloride. And that going forward all of it is on pause and another site is likely to be found,” she said. “The EPA has a contract with Republic (for Romulus and Belleville/Van Buren Twp) … The communities have contracts with these organizations.”
A Houston, Texas suburb will receive wastewater used to extinguish a fire following the train derailment.
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said at a press conference Thursday that 500,000 gallons (1.8 million liters) of the wastewater had been delivered to Deer Park, Texas.
“I know that our community was taken aback by the news just as I was,” Hidalgo said. “I also want folks to know there are many things we don’t know that we should know. That doesn’t mean that something is wrong. And I want to stress that point.”
That water is being sent to a company called Texas Molecular, which is permitted to properly dispose of hazardous materials, Deer Park officials confirmed to KHOU 11 on Wednesday. The company is located just outside Deer Park.
“I’m very confident that it’s being handled appropriately and again it’s permitted through the EPA the TCEQ is aware of it, so this is what the facility does and has done for 40 years,” Deer Park Mayor Jerry Mouton said.
“Our technology safely removes hazardous constituents from the biosphere. We are part of the solution to reduce risk and protect the environment, whether in our local area or other places that need the capabilities we offer to protect the environment,” the company said.
The company said it has experience managing projects similar to this one.
The House Oversight Committee launched an investigation into Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s response to the Feb. 3 derailment, as administration officials have come under criticism for not visiting East Palestine earlier.
President Joe Biden said Friday he doesn’t have plans to visit East Palestine, Ohio, where a train derailment three weeks ago led to a toxic chemical spill that’s endangered residents and wildlife for miles.
“At this moment [I’m] not,” Biden told reporters at the White House when asked whether he planned to visit the town near the border with Pennsylvania.
“The answer is that I had a long meeting with my team and what they’re doing. You know, we were there within two hours that the train went down, two hours.”