Following a disastrous release of harmful chemicals during a chaotic train derailment, the Biden administration and state authorities are now reportedly assuring people in eastern Ohio that the air is safe to breathe.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), together with Governors Mike DeWine, R-Ohio, and Josh Shapiro, D-Pennsylvania, stated that air quality in the region has been monitored many times and determined to be below thresholds of concern.
On February 3, a train carrying vinyl chloride, a toxic colorless gas, and operated by Norfolk Southern Railroad derailed in Columbiana County, Ohio, near the Ohio-Pennsylvania line. To avoid a possibly devastating explosion, Norfolk Southern decided to discharge the gas from the wrecked vehicles, potentially unleashing poisonous fumes into the air.
“U.S. EPA continues to conduct air monitoring throughout the East Palestine community. Air monitoring since the fire went out has not detected any levels of concern in the community that can be attributed to the incident at this time.” the EPA claimed on Sunday.
Residents may still smell scents from the location, according to the government, and should contact their doctor if they have symptoms.
The EPA said in a statement Monday that, while it continues to assist with air monitoring operations, it has not made a final determination recommending people come home.
Concerns have been made by local people and other professionals concerning the situation. They discovered that, in addition to vinyl chloride, the derailed train was transporting additional dangerous compounds.
In spite of the concerns expressed by observers and local residents Norfolk Southern declared the area safe for residents.