Ohio, 2 March 2023 (TDI): The United States (US) Federal environmental authorities have announced that the shipment of contaminated waste from the site of a fiery train derailment will resume on Monday to two Ohio sites under tight regulation & monitoring.
To mention, the contamination was believed to have been caused by the derailed train. It caught fire and spilled hazardous materials onto the surrounding area near Follansbee, West Virginia on February 16th, 2023.
For clarification, the US Environmental Protection Agency said the waste is being sent to two landfills in East Liverpool and Newell in Ohio for safe disposal.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also stated that additional testing of air and water will be conducted near the derailment site. However, the affected areas will be further monitored for any possible health risks.
It is pertinent to note that the shipment of contaminated waste from the train derailment was initially blocked due to safety concerns.
Likewise, the pause in the transportation of impacted waste was put in place to allow for the evaluation of safety protocols.
Moreover, it was done to ensure the completion of other necessary checks before shipments could continue.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been working with state and local officials regarding this matter of train derailment, to ensure that all applicable environmental regulations are being met & proper safety protocols are in place prior to allowing the shipment to proceed.
The EPA has expressed its support for the Ohio EPA’s decision to resume shipments of contaminated waste. In this vein, EPA will continue to closely monitor all shipments of the impacted waste.
Besides, it has also urged the public to remain aware of any potential risks associated with the derailment.