(RightWing.org) – In the aftermath of the Ohio train derailment, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is insisting that, despite the plume of toxic black smoke that blanketed the area after the disaster, there’s no risk to residents. However, a prominent lawyer who’s worked with thousands of 9/11 survivors disagrees. He’s warning people not to rely on the EPA’s assurances.
— Joshua Klein (@JoshuaKlein_) February 19, 2023
On February 3, a freight train derailed outside East Palestine, Ohio. To prevent an explosion, Norfolk Southern Railway deliberately ruptured five tank cars of vinyl chloride and burned off their contents, releasing toxic chemicals, including phosgene — which was used in WWI as a chemical weapon. Local residents were evacuated but allowed to return home a few days later. Since then, the EPA has been reassuring them the air and drinking water are safe.
Michael Barasch isn’t so sure. The attorney’s law firm represents more than 25,000 survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks who were exposed to toxic dust in Manhattan after the atrocity. At the time, the EPA assured workers that it was safe to return to Manhattan — because, as Barasch told Breitbart, “they wanted to reopen Wall Street.” But was it really safe? Not according to Barasch; he claims clients are “dying every single day” from the effects of the dust they inhaled in the weeks after the Twin Towers collapsed.
Now, he says, there’s a risk the EPA is being similarly over-optimistic about East Palestine. He doesn’t understand how scientists can be so sure there’s no risk and asked why they’re claiming the air is safe “when they don’t really know.” Instead, he suggests they evacuate a 20-mile radius around the disaster site and treat it as contaminated until “independent scientists” give it a clean bill of health.
Greater Cincinnati Water Works and the Northern Kentucky Water District briefly shut off supplies from the Ohio River, citing traces of toxic chemicals flowing downriver from the East Palestine area. They said the supply was stopped as a precaution before contamination reached them and that they found no risk in their areas at this time.
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