Posted BY: John M. Williams, Sr., M.D.

Recently, there were two major train wrecks in East Palestine, Ohio—one literal, on February 3rd, and the second, figurative—the fumbling response to the disaster.

Vinyl chloride, phosgene, and hydrogen chloride gases, as well as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), were released into the air, soil, and water. Even though the “all-clear” was sounded on February 8th, residents are still uncertain whether their health has been compromised, if their homes are safe to occupy, and if their water is fit to drink—especially given the new concerns about dioxins and acrolein.

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The arrest of a reporter at a press conference didn’t help things, and when it came time for the principals of Norfolk Southern to attend a town hall, they were no-shows.

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