(ConservativeCore.com)- WKBN, in Ohio, stated that the Environmental Protection Agency would not be checking for dioxins as part of its monitoring of an eastern Ohio town where a train carrying hazardous chemicals had derailed, releasing a massive chemical cloud into the air.
Chemicals, including vinyl chloride, were spilled into the air and water when a Norfolk Southern train derailed on February 3 near East Palestine, Ohio. A controlled burn was carried out the following day to avert an explosion. According to WKBN, EPA Region 5 Administrator Debra Shore said on Monday that the agency will not do any more testing for dioxins at this time.
Combustion or burning fuels may produce dioxins, which take a long time to degrade and potentially cause cancer, reproductive and developmental disorders, and harm to the immune system, as stated on the EPA’s website.
Shore stated, idiotically, that dioxins, unfortunately, are found just about everywhere outside. She said there isn’t enough data to conduct an accurate test since they were already there before the accident and will remain after it. However, their toxicologists are still investigating, supposedly.
Residents reported health issues, including rashes and headaches, following the derailment, but the EPA has subsequently conducted air and water testing and says the levels are safe.
During a town hall meeting on February 23rd, Center for Health, Environment, and Justice scientific director Stephen Lester warned residents of East Palestine that the EPA’s lack of attention to dioxins is “one huge error” in their testing.
Shore countered that the EPA is not conducting dioxin testing because it “doesn’t have any baseline information about the levels of dioxins which are also produced by wildfires, backyard grilling, by a host of other things.”
No scientist or academic has ever mentioned barbecues in their work.
On February 18, Ohio Senators J.D. Vance (R) and Sherrod Brown (D) wrote to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to request dioxin testing in East Palestine.
The letter expressed concern that dioxins may have leached all over the East Palestine community and maybe into a much larger area due to the setting on fire of large volumes of vinyl chloride.
The EPA did, indeed, receive the letter, as Shore verified to WKBN.