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Derailed Ohio Train Released More Toxic Chemicals Than Initially Reported

HeadlineFeb 14, 2023

In Ohio, fears of a wider health and environmental disaster are growing, after a freight train operated by Norfolk Southern crashed in the community of East Palestine near Ohio’s border with Pennsylvania on February 3. The disaster prompted authorities to release chemicals in a so-called controlled burn that led to a massive fire and smoke plume last week. Data released by the Environmental Protection Agency on Sunday show the train contained more toxic and carcinogenic chemicals than initially reported. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources estimates the spill killed more than 3,500 fish in surrounding waterways. Chickens have been found dead in their coops. Residents have reported sore throats, burning eyes and respiratory problems. We’ll have more on the Ohio rail disaster later in the broadcast.

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