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East Palestine Hazardous Waste Reportedly Heading to Indiana


Before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) paused the disposal of wastewater used in the East Palestine train derailment and chemical burn, it was shipped to Harris County, Texas.

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It appears the East Palestine toxic waste is now going to Indiana, according to the EPA.

Roughly 1.8 million gallons of wastewater must go from East Palestine to multiple hazardous waste sites.

FOX 59 reported:

Contaminated waste from the site of a fiery train derailment in Ohio began moving out again Monday, after concerns were raised during the weekend about oversight of where it was being shipped, federal officials said. A portion of the waste will now find its way to Indiana.

The Environmental Protection Agency also announced that two new hazardous waste sites will receive some of the shipments — an incinerator in Grafton, Ohio, and a landfill in Roachdale, Indiana.

The EPA now is getting close to having enough certified facilities to take all of the waste from the site of the Feb. 3 derailment in East Palestine, said Debra Shore, a regional administrator with the agency.

Officials on Saturday had ordered Norfolk Southern to “pause” shipments to allow additional oversight measures. Some liquid and solid waste had already been taken to sites in Michigan and Texas.


Shipments of East Palestine toxic waste to Harris County, Texas will resume.

"The EPA just informed us that due to heavy rain at the derailment site and capacity limitations in other facilities, transportation of the firefighting water from East Palestine will resume to Harris County today," Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo's office said in a statement Tuesday.

KHOU 11 reported:

The Environmental Protection Agency plans on resuming the disposal of the wastewater from the Ohio train derailment in Harris County starting Tuesday, according to Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo.

This comes just three days after the agency said it would pause operations due to county and community leaders speaking out.

Hidalgo said the firefighting wastewater disposal is resuming again in Harris County because the EPA informed her office that heavy rain is happening at the East Palestine, Ohio derailment site, and disposal facilities in Ohio and Indiana have reached capacity limitations.  

"The EPA has assured my office the transport will resume with the appropriate oversight," Hidalgo wrote in a statement. "At our request, there will be EPA boots on the ground supervising the disposal around the clock. Additionally, we are in touch with DOT to verify the extra precautions being taken for safe transport."


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