Ohio Sen. J.D. Vance (R) posted a video on Thursday showing the environmental horrors caused by the East Palestine train derailment.
Standing beside the Leslie Run Creek, Vance showed exactly what has happened to the aquatic environment around East Palestine after a Norfolk Southern train derailed and officials ignited a controlled burn of the toxic chemicals.
“There are dead worms and dead fish all throughout this water,” Vance observed.
Vance then took a stick and scraped the creek bed. Immediately, chemicals bubbled to the surface of the water, resulting in a rainbow-colored sheen on the water similar to what happens when oil sits on the surface of water.
“This is disgusting,” Vance said. “The fact that we have not cleaned up the train crash, the fact that these chemicals are still seeping in the ground is an insult to the people who live in East Palestine. Do not forget these people, we’ve got to keep applying pressure.”
On Thursday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) released a statement explaining that FEMA told him that East Palestine is ineligible for disaster aid.
The DeWine Administration has been in daily contact with FEMA to discuss the need for federal support, however FEMA continues to tell Governor DeWine that Ohio is not eligible for assistance at this time. Governor DeWine will continue working with FEMA to determine what assistance can be provided.
Meanwhile, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Michael Regan vowed on Thursday to hold Norfolk Southern accountable for the disaster.
“We issued a notice of accountability to the company, and they’ve signed that, indicating that they will be responsible for the cleanup,” Regan told CNN. “But as this investigation continues, and as new facts arise, let me just say, and be very clear, I will use the full enforcement authority of this agency, and so will the federal government, to be sure that this company is held accountable.”
Norfolk Southern had planned to attend a town hall meeting with East Palestine residents this week, but backed out citing alleged concerns for the safety of its employees.
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