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Ohio to open medical clinic to address concerns over toxic train derailment

U.S. EPA says screenings show no exceedances for residential air quality standards. Residents remain "very worried."

Photo by National Transportation Safety Board on Wikimedia / CC PDM 1.0

The Ohio Department of Health announced that it will open a Health Assessment Clinic in East Palestine at noon today (Feb 21) for residents with medical questions or concerns connected to the recent train derailment.

“We know that the science says that East Palestine is safe, but we also know that residents are very worried,” shared Governor DeWine.

DeWine added that questions regarding whether headaches and other symptoms were caused by the chemical spill are “very legitimate” and “deserve answers.”

Acknowledging residents’ concerns, ODH Director Bruce Vanderhoff said, “I heard you, the state heard you, and now the Ohio Department of Health and many of our partner agencies are providing this clinic, where people can come and discuss these vital issues with medical providers.”

According to an update from the U.S. EPA on Sunday, indoor air screenings show no exceedances for residential air quality standards in the area. Municipal well water sample results show no water quality concerns.

Meanwhile, Senators Sherrod Brown and JD Vance sent a letter to Ohio and U.S EPAs on Saturday to express concerns that dioxins released by the chemical burn-off may have dispersed over a wide area. They stated that testing and monitoring for said dioxins should be a priority.

Norfolk Southern CEO Alan Shaw stated, “I want residents to know that Norfolk Southern will be in their community to help for as long as needed. Our new community liaison is a Norfolk Southern employee and resident of East Palestine…with a direct line to me.”