Approximately 15,000 pounds of soil and 1.1 million gallons of water, with both substances deemed as contaminated, were allegedly moved out of the area following a train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, earlier this month.
The news comes from train operator Norfolk Southern, who announced it on Feb. 20, not long after a state senator cautioned people who live near the site of the crash to not bathe in or consume local water.
Norfolk Southern said the removed contaminated soil and water will be placed in landfills and disposal facilities “designed to accept it safely, in accordance with state and federal regulations.”
The rail company added, “a series of pumps have been placed upstream to reroute Sulphur Run around the derailment site. The affected portion of Sulphur Run has been dammed to protect water downstream.”
“Environmental teams are treating the impacted portions of Sulphur Run with booms, aeration, and carbon filtration units,” Norfolk Southern explained, noting the teams are “also working with stream experts to collect soil and groundwater samples to develop a comprehensive plan to address any contamination that remains in the stream banks and sediment.”
Videos have been shared on social media that seemingly show water in East Palestine, Ohio in an altered state.
Footage shows highly contaminated water in Ohio after train derailment. pic.twitter.com/9qVoe50tLF
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Former President Trump was seen paying the small town a visit and reportedly brought free meals along with thousands of water bottles for local residents.
WATCH: Fmr. Pres. Trump greets residents of East Palestine, Ohio following toxic train derailment
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As The Epoch Times reported, a train carrying about 150 freight cars derailed in East Palestine during a route intended to take it from Madison, Illinois to Conway, Pennsylvania. A total of 50 cars came off the tracks entirely, with 20 reportedly holding dangerous materials.
A mandatory evacuation of all people living within one mile of the crash site was ordered following the incident, only to be ended after crewed lit up chemicals from the crash site, including vinyl chloride, ethylhexyl acrylate, ethylene glycol monobutyl ether, and butyl acrylate. The decision to burn these chemicals on Feb. 6 was described as a “controlled release.”
Residents of the town have since indicated they are worried for their long-term health, with at least one person in the town saying her family dealt with headaches and nausea upon returning from the evacuation.