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Head of EPA, OH and PA governors provide update on train derailment in East Palestine

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Posted at 9:44 AM, Feb 21, 2023

Head of the EPA, Michael Regan, made his second trip to East Palestine in less than a week to address the health concerns of residents following the toxic train derailment.

Regan was joined by Gov. DeWine and Pennsylvania's Governor Josh Shapiro for a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

Watch the full news conference below:

Officials say, to date, 15,000 pounds of contaminated soil and one million gallons of contaminated water have been excavated from the site, and insist that, according to testing, the air and water are safe.

Today's visit comes after a health clinic opened in East Palestine at First Church of Christ at 8 a.m. to address the medical concerns of residents experiencing symptoms following the derailment.

RELATED: Some East Palestine residents experiencing sickness; new health clinic opens Tuesday

Regan announced during the press conference how the EPA plans to hold Norfolk Southern accountable for the cleanup of East Palestine. Vowing that if the EPA has to complete tasks given to Norfolk Southern, the transportation company will be assessed triple the cost of the task.

RELATED: EPA orders Norfolk Southern to clean up contaminants near train derailment

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