About 15,000 pounds of contaminated soil and 1.1 million gallons of contaminated water have been excavated from the site of a train derailment earlier this month in East Palestine, Ohio, train operator Norfolk Southern said on Feb. 20.
The announcement comes shortly after a state senator warned people living in close proximity to the derailment site not to bathe in or drink the water.
Norfolk Southern said the excavated contaminated soil and water will be transported to landfills and disposal facilities that are “designed to accept it safely, in accordance with state and federal regulations.”
“Additionally, a series of pumps have been placed upstream to reroute Sulphur Run around the derailment site,” the rail company said. “The affected portion of Sulphur Run has been dammed to protect water downstream.” READ MORE