EPA releases update on East Palestine derailment

Biden says he won't be visiting East Palestine at this time.

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On Sunday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an update regarding the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio.

The report states, “some of the liquid waste will be sent to a facility in Vickery, Ohio, tomorrow, February 27, where it will be disposed of in an underground injection well,” while “Norfolk Southern will also begin shipping solid waste to the Heritage incinerator in East Liverpool, Ohio.”

It also notes that air screenings have been conducted in 578 homes and that there were “no exceedances for residential air quality standards.”

The “EPA is continuing to evaluate options for safe and proper disposal facilities with the capacity sufficient to handle the needs of this cleanup,” stated EPA Region 5 Administrator Debra Shore in a press release on Sunday.

In a press release on Friday, President Biden said he wouldn’t be visiting East Palestine “this time.” He added, “we were there two hours after the train went down,” and that he has “spoken with every single major figure” in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Countering claims that he is neglecting East Palestine, Biden stated, “the idea that we’re not engaged is just simply not — not there.”

Responding to Sen. Josh Hawley’s claim that “The Republican Party can be the party of Ukraine and globalists or the party of East Palestine and working Americans. Not both” Rep. Michael McCaul stated, “I think that’s a false choice.” He added, “I think we can do both. We’re a great nation.”