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  • Writer's pictureGustavo Bernal Torres

After the Ohio Train Derailment: Evacuations, Toxic Chemicals and Water Worries

When a train derailed in the village of East Palestine this month, it set off evacuation orders, a chemical scare and a federal investigation.

  • On Feb. 6, the authorities performed a controlled release of the toxic materials from five tankers, and the contents were diverted to a trench and burned off.

  • A class-action lawsuit filed in United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio on Feb. 15 accuses Norfolk Southern of making the situation worse during the release when 1.1 million pounds of vinyl chloride was dumped in the area.



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