Updates issued on East Palestine clean up

East Palestine Train Derailment (Curtis Walsh)

(East Palestine, Oh) As clean up efforts continue in East Palestine, an update on progress reveals that 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 continues.

Confirmatory sampling and investigation, known as Appendix E work, is ongoing. EPA and Ohio EPA are reviewing Norfolk Southern’s proposed approach to conduct additional stream cleanup based upon the most recent stream survey and assessments. An interactive map detailing the sheen survey has been added to their website.

It is said that 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.

Plans for work at the site this week include the continuation of site-wide confirmation sampling, which is 48% complete, continuation of the treatment and shipping of wastewater, and another round of vapor intrusion sampling will start at businesses along the site.

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