Officials in Texas and Michigan said they were not informed before their states received shipments of contaminated water and soil from East Palestine, Ohio, where a train derailed with toxic chemicals and caused a public health and environmental crisis earlier this month.
Norfolk Southern, the rail company leading cleanup efforts after its train carrying vinyl chloride derailed Feb. 3, had contracted with licensed waste disposal facilities in Texas and Michigan to dispose of hazardous waste from the Ohio derailment, Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) said Saturday.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), whose district includes part of Harris County where some of the waste is being disposed of, tweeted Saturday: “This process of dumping toxic waste in communities without prior notice to local cities and counties has to stop.”
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ordered the transport of waste to be halted pending additional oversight measures, the Ohio governor also said Saturday.Twenty truckloads of […]
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