Health & Safety

Remediation And Testing Process

Thanks to the efforts of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and many other federal, state and local agencies, a great deal of progress has been made over the last year to clean up the environmental impact and test for health and safety concerns due to the Norfolk Southern train derailment on February 3, 2023.

Information provided by the EPA and Norfolk Southern.

Findings Report

The Village of East Palestine contacted the subject matter experts and asked the U.S. EPA for assistance to review the findings and help make sense of the scientific data collected. The EPA provided its Technical Assistance Services for Communities (TASC) program. In coordination with East Palestine officials, TASC prepared a report titled “East Palestine Train Derailment and Controlled Burn: Environmental Data Review.” It describes the types of environmental monitoring gathered to understand the contamination released during the train derailment and subsequent controlled burn accomplished as of August 1, 2023.

This graphic represents all the environmental elements the groups examined to make sure all possible areas (air, soil, surface water, sediment and biological [plants, fish]) were being appropriately tested.

It also summarizes assessment of chemical exposure (ACE) studies focused on public health. TASC compiled as much data as possible from publicly available resources for the report.

The TASC reports are available for review here:
TASC Environmental Full Data Review
TASC Environmental Data Review Summary Sheet
TASC Environmental Data Presentation

Summary Of Findings

Continuing Progress

There is still work to be done. Over the next several months, you’ll see continued progress on-site including:

  • Continuing collection of over 2,500 confirmation samples from surface and subsurface soils to ensure no contamination was missed.
  • Continued collection and treatment of water that runs on or through the site. This will continue until the agencies review final sampling data and determine it is no longer necessary to collect this water because it can no longer be contaminated by on-site soils.
  • Evaluation of recent creek assessment data to develop final cleanup plans to address oil-impacted sediments and eliminate sheens from the creeks.
  • Development of long-term monitoring plans to ensure drinking water continues to meet safety standards for the years and decades to come.
  • Backfilling and restoration of excavation/work areas.