Norfolk Southern train derailment in East Palestine
A Norfolk Southern freight train derailed and caught fire in the town of East Palestine, Ohio, around 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3, 2023. Of the 38 cars that derailed, 11 contained toxic chemicals including vinyl chloride, a known carcinogen, and butyl acrylate.
Several lawsuits related to the 2023 East Palestine, Ohio derailment have been filed by local residents, school districts, corporations, the state and the federal government.
The president toured the site of the derailment in East Palestine and met with local and federal officials to discuss the progress in the cleanup over the past year.
- U.S. EPA Hotline: 1-866-361-0526
Air monitoring, water sampling, intake for scheduling cleaning services
- Health Assessment Clinic:
234-564-7755 or 234-564-7888
First Church of Christ, 20 W. Martin St., East Palestine
- Family Assistance Center: 800-230-7049
Abundant Life Church
New Waterford, Ohio 44445
- Ohio’s CareLine: 800-720-9616
24/7 free, confidential emotional support
- Poison Control Center: 800-222-1222
- Residential Testing Hotline: 330-849-3919
Home air quality testing & private wall water testing
- Train derailment incident hotline: 234-542-6474
For information on odors, fumes or personal health
- Ohio Dept of Agriculture, Division of Animal Health: 614-728-6220
Questions on animal health
President Biden is expected to make his first visit to East Palestine Friday. Some residents are critical that it's taken more than a year since the Norfolk Southern derailment for him to visit.
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East Palestine residents and residents of other areas impacted by petrochemical pollution installed a monument to mark the one year anniversary of the train derailment.
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Environmental health advocates from Toxic-Free Future said there is too great a risk to public health to continue to transport over a billion pounds of vinyl chloride per year through Northern Ohio.
A year after the Norfolk Southern train derailment, President Biden will visit the East Palestine to meet with residents and address concerns.
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