Posted BY: Wyatt | NwoReport
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced Saturday that FEMA will, at last, deploy a team to East Palestine Sunday to support the cleanup of the train derailment disaster.
DeWine, a Republican, made the announcement a nearly full two weeks since the original incident Friday night in concert with FEMA Regional Administrator Thomas C. Sivak.
‘FEMA and the State of Ohio have been in constant contact regarding emergency operations in East Palestine. US EPA and Ohio EPA have been working together since day one.’
‘Tomorrow, FEMA will supplement federal efforts by deploying a Senior Response Official along with a Regional Management Incident Assistance Team (IMAT) to support ongoing operations, including incident coordination and ongoing assessments of potential long-term recovery needs.’
The residents of East Palestine had been previously told they are ineligible for FEMA help because their homes weren’t physically destroyed – even though they may be chemically contaminated.
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DeWine had said he would file to ensure that Ohio would receive FEMA support should they become eligible.
The Norfolk Southern train with 150 cars was shipping cargo from Madison, Illinois to Conway, Pennsylvania when it derailed on February 3. The accident site is along the border between Ohio and Pennsylvania.
The accident resulted in the derailment of 38 cars, after which a fire ensued which damaged an additional 12 cars, the National Transportation Safety Board said.
Of the derailed cars, 11 were carrying hazardous materials, including vinyl chloride, butyl acrylate, and other chemicals, the NTSB said.
Several thousand residents were evacuated as authorities assessed the danger.
To avert an explosion, the railroad conducted a controlled release of the chemicals, which discharged toxic and potentially deadly fumes into the air.
Five days after the derailment, evacuated residents were allowed to ‘safely return home’ the governor’s office said, adding that there would be ongoing air monitoring in the area.
But one week after the accident the Environment Protection Agency reported that the chemicals involved in the wreck were ‘known to have been and continue to be released to the air, surface soils, and surface waters’.