Workers are finding hundreds of animal carcasses near East Palestine, Ohio. The local saw a massive 50 train car derailment last month and the latest news follows reports of thousands of animal deaths.
Forestry workers reportedly found hundreds of animal corpses throughout Ohio’s state parks. According to a combination of local and international news, there have been”hundreds of reports over the last several days” from forestry workers about finding the animal corpses.
Animals Dying Across Ohio State Parks After East Palestine Train Derailment https://t.co/mKT9T2i82l
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The Feb. 3 crash is now receiving federal attention after what critics describe as a slow response from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the federal Department of Transportation.
The unique combination of a spill caused by the derailment and a controlled burn is contributing to the concern. In particular, the train cars carried dangerous dioxins known for causing potential illness in humans and animals.
The EPA recently announced that it would make the train’s operator, Norfolk Southern, test for these dangerous chemicals. In particular, the EPA is concerned about the effects of vinyl chloride from the spill and the controlled burn.
There had been demands for such a move from Ohio’s elected officials, including Sen. J.D. Vance (R-OH) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH).
This is not the first report of dead animals caused by the crash. Estimates from February showed at least 40,000 animals deceased after the incident.
The office of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) is further investigating dead wildlife. These include raccoons, muskrats, and a snapping turtle.
Furthermore, local residents are concerned that the release of chemicals could be affecting the drinking supply. Local media reported concern that drinking water was contaminated and affecting domesticated pets.
The recent revelation may add pressure on the White House to visit the location of the crash. As of yet, President Joe Biden has not announced any plans to visit the site.
Former President Donald Trump visited the devastated area last week and distributed water and food to the local residents, receiving a significant amount of attention and praise.