WATER QUALITY CONCERNS REGARDING TRAIN DERAILMENT IN EAST PALESTINE OHIO
MAWC expects no impact to water quality.
MAWC’S Water Sources are more than 55 miles southeast of the derailment site.
EPA air quality tests have shown very minimal impact.
Any combustion products of Vinyl Chloride that was burned at the site of the derailment and travels by air to the east will easily break down through water treatment processes.
From a February 22 Tribune-Review Article:
Lee Hendricks, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Moon, said the streams and creeks impacted by the train derailment empty into the Ohio River in Beaver County just a few hundred yards from the Pennsylvania-Ohio border. Any water from that point can’t flow into the Pittsburgh area because it is upstream.
Gov. Josh Shapiro said during a news conference Tuesday that there have been “no concerning air quality ratings” in Pennsylvania since the derailment. The state will continue to monitor the air quality moving forward, he said.
The DEP has been monitoring the air in East Palestine and across the border in Pennsylvania since the derailment, and monitors have not measured any harmful pollutant levels entering Pennsylvania as a result of the derailment or the controlled burn, the agency said.
“There are no long-term air quality concerns related to the derailment,” the DEP said.
See article here: https://triblive.com/local/regional/how-the-ohio-train-derailment-impacted-pa-s-air-and-water-quality/