Biden gets frosty East Palestine welcome during ‘long-awaited’ trip a year after train derailment

EAST PALESTINE, Ohio — President Joe Biden sought to reassure East Palestine, Ohio residents of the federal government’s commitment to cleaning up their community following a toxic train derailment last year.

Biden traveled in East Palestine, near Ohio‘s border with Pennsylvania, on Friday, more than a year after a Norfolk Southern freight train derailed there in a fiery crash. Many of the almost 40 carriages that left the track became engulfed in flames, more than 10 of which contained hazardous material. A state of emergency was declared and residents were evacuated for a controlled burn, which released vinyl chloride, used to construct polyvinyl chloride hard plastic resin, into the air. Community concerns range from those related to their health to their property prices.

Biden teased traveling to East Palestine for months after the Feb.
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