On Thursday, Senator J.D. Vance traveled to East Palestine, Ohio to meet with residents and assess the damage brought by the train derailment that occurred on February 3rd.
During his trip, Vance surveyed the local waterways and came upon a troubling discovery: chemicals had contaminated local rivers.
In a now-viral video, the freshman senator showcased how chemicals that leaked from the train, notably vinyl chloride, developed a thin film over the waterways when disturbed.
“Hey guys so I’m here at Leslie Rudd and there are dead worms and dead fish all throughout this water,” said the Ohio senator. “Something that I just discovered is that if you scrap the creek bed, it’s like chemical is coming out of the ground.”
“Just see that chemicals pop out of that creek. This is disgusting and the fact that we have not cleaned up the train crash,” Vance explained. “The fact that these chemicals are still seeping into the ground is an insult to the people who live in East Palestine. Do not forget these people. We’ve got to keep applying pressure, that’s how we are going to fix this problem. Thank you.”
The same effect was witnessed in another location by journalist Nick Sorter who wrote, “Even MORE proof that the EPA is LYING to the people of East Palestine. THIS WATER IS INSANELY CONTAMINATED.”
Even MORE proof that the EPA is LYING to the people of East Palestine.
THIS WATER IS INSANELY CONTAMINATED. pic.twitter.com/rNlNxxBTDd
— Nick Sortor (@nicksortor) February 16, 2023
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Newsmax host Benny Johnson traveled to East Palestine to survey the damage as well writing, “Many videos going around showing the toxic water quality in East Palestine, Ohio. Few talking about the air quality. I spent the day there and afterward red rash irritation on the skin, sore throat, burning sensation on face and mouth. The government is lying to you.”
Many videos going around showing the toxic water quality in East Palestine, Ohio. Few talking about the air quality.
I spent the day there and afterward red rash irritation on the skin, sore throat, burning sensation on face and mouth.
The government is lying to you. pic.twitter.com/Z26qAPYyKP
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) February 17, 2023
With multiple accounts of both water and air contamination in East Palestine, the residents of the town are confronting the problem without help from the Biden administration.
As previously reported by the DC Enquirer, the Biden administration’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has refused to aid the people of the small Ohio town.
“Ohio Governor Mike DeWine spoke with officials at the White House early this morning to address the need for federal help,” DeWine said in a statement. “As a result of this conversation, the Governor has requested assistance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health and Emergency Response Team, and the CDC to provide on-the-ground assistance in East Palestine.”
“The DeWine Administration has been in daily contact with FEMA to discuss the need for federal support, however, FEMA continues to tell Governor DeWine that Ohio is not eligible for assistance at this time,” the Ohio executive explained. “Governor DeWine will continue working with FEMA to determine what assistance can be provided.”
With such damning evidence showcased by Senator Vance, it is a dereliction of duty for federal and state officials to not take the tragedy in East Palestine seriously.
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