East Palestine, Ohio Train Derailment
EPA is committed to protecting the health and safety of the East Palestine, Ohio community.
EPA personnel have been on site since the onset of the train derailment, supporting local and state partners as they lead on-the-ground response efforts.
EPA’s Response to Inaccurate Dioxin Reporting
Recently, EPA became aware of a report claiming that EPA failed to openly share data, particularly the waste-characterization data that was collected in February 2023 related to dioxin and furan (dioxin) compounds. Recent reporting on this issue is inaccurate and mischaracterizes EPA’s response and commitment to transparency. Read the full statement.
Latest Update: February 16, 2024
- On February 16, President Biden visited East Palestine. The President first met with local officials from Darlington, Pennsylvania. He then was escorted around the site by local East Palestine officials and the FEMA coordinator. EPA briefed the President on the current site status and next steps of the cleanup. President Biden’s East Palestine press conference can be viewed online.
- EPA has released “A Year in Review” storymap, which summarizes the Agency’s response to the train derailment.
- Norfolk Southern has completed backfilling new stone and gravel at former Car Scrapping Area 4 north of Taggart Street near CeramFab. Residents should notice reduced truck traffic and traffic controls on East Taggart St. The speed limit will remain at 15 mph to ensure both community and worker safety while site restoration and other work continue.
- Throughout the response, stormwater collected from the site was treated at the on-site wastewater treatment plant before being shipped off-site as nonhazardous waste. Now that all contaminated soils have been removed, and after many months of testing the collected water before on-site treatment, the stormwater can now be disposed of as non-hazardous without treatment if it is first tested to show it doesn’t contain vinyl chloride or other hazardous materials.
- Field work to implement requirements of EPA's order to Norfolk Southern to conduct a qualitative assessment and collect sediment/sheen samples in Sulphur Run and Leslie Run is complete. EPA and Ohio EPA are reviewing Norfolk Southern’s proposed approach to conduct additional stream cleanup based upon these assessments. An interactive map detailing the sheen survey has been added to the website.
- The initial work in the underground culverts in East Palestine is complete. Drones and robots were used to assist workers as they accessed, surveyed, and monitored the culverts. The assessments of all 5 culverts are complete and 4 of the culverts have been cleaned. The fifth culvert will be cleaned during the upcoming stream cleanup mentioned in the previous bullet.
- EPA’s Welcome Center is open by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call EPA’s information line (330-775-6517). Questions can also be sent to email@example.com.
- Read the most recent monthly East Palestine newsletter.
- Read the complete update: Updates from East Palestine, February 16, 2024 (pdf) (271.9 KB)
This Week at E.P. Videos
At about 8:55 PM ET on February 3, 2023, a Norfolk Southern freight train derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, about a quarter-mile west of the Ohio-Pennsylvania state line.
Twenty of the affected cars contained hazardous materials, including vinyl chloride, ethylene glycol, ethylhexyl acrylate, butyl acrylate and isobutylene.More Background Information
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Columbiana County Emergency Management Agency
- Village of East Palestine
- Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
- Norfolk Southern Corporation
Cooperating and Assisting Agencies include:
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
- U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Ohio Emergency Management Agency
- Ohio Department of Health
- Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission
- Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
- Beaver County Emergency Management Agency
- Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency
- Pennsylvania Department of Health
- Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
- Ohio Department of Agriculture
- West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
Resources for Residents
- EPA Information Line: 330-775-6517
- EPA Community Welcome Center in East Palestine: 25 North Market St.,
- By appointment only
- Information Repository: East Palestine Memorial Public Library, 309 N. Market Street, East Palestine, Ohio 44413.
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