Toxic Waste Moved To Different Location 

( Federal officials said earlier this week that contaminated waste from the toxic train derailment in Ohio is starting to be moved out of the site. This comes after there were concerns raised regarding the oversight – or lack thereof – of where the waste was going to be shipped to. 

Two additional hazardous waste sites will receive some of the toxic waste from the Ohio accident site, the Environmental Protection Agency announced this week. That includes an incinerator located in Grafton, Ohio, as well as a landfill located in Roachdale, Indiana. 

Debra Shore, one of the EPA’s regional administrators, said the agency almost has enough certified facilities on board to accept all the waste from the train derailment site. The accident happened on February 3 in the Ohio town of East Palestine. 

On Saturday, federal officials ordered the Norfolk Southern train company to “pause” all their shipments so that additional oversight measures could be put into place regarding the toxic waste. Before that order, some of the solid and liquid waste from the site had already been taken to other sites in Texas and Michigan. 

The Ohio EPA has said that roughly 1.8 million gallons of liquid waste have already been collected from the site. 

Some of that remaining liquid was set to be sent to a factory located in Vickery, Ohio, where it was going to be disposed of via an injection well located underground. Some of the solid waste is being shipping to an incinerator that’s located in East Liverpool, Ohio. 

While no one was ultimately directly injured when 38 rail cars derailed earlier this month, plenty of toxic waste spilled out. Following the derailment, there were many fears that an explosion could occur. 

That prompted officials to burn and release vinyl chloride, which is toxic, from five of the tanker cars. As a result, black smoke was seen billowing high in the sky near the site. 

While state and federal officials have said that air testing in homes around the site as well as in the village hasn’t detected concerning levels of potential contaminants, other people disagree. 

State officials have also said that the drinking water system in the town of East Palestine is safe for people. 

Yet, many residents in the town are concerned about what chemicals they’ve been exposed to already, what they might be exposed to in the future, and what the long-term ramifications of the derailment might be. 

Primarily, residents have been concerned about the controlled burn of the vinyl chloride. That’s because the chemical has been associated with an increased risk of certain types of cancers. 

When the burn was conducted, officials warned that two different gasses would be released into the atmosphere – both hydrogen chloride and phosgene. The latter was used during World War I as a weapon. 

Even though officials kept residents away from the area until the plumes dissipated, people aren’t so sure that they won’t eventually experience some negative effects as a result.