On Monday, J.D. Vance, a Republican Senator from Ohio, visited a toxic waste pile located in East Palestine and urged the Biden administration to take steps to move the waste to authorized facilities. Vance had previously testified that the waste had not been removed from East Palestine, even weeks after a train derailment had resulted in the contamination of the town by hazardous chemicals.
Toxic chemicals are still just sitting in piles in East Palestine. President Biden: show some leadership and help these Americans clean up their community. pic.twitter.com/5wabioTSLI
— J.D. Vance (@JDVance1) March 13, 2023
In a video posted to Twitter, Vance is seen standing a safe distance from the mound of waste in the background and stated, “I understand that some states are reluctant to take it, but you have to get this things out of East Palestine and into licensed facilities or it will keep poisoning this area.” Vance then went on to call for the Biden administration to show leadership and help remove the waste from East Palestine.
J.D. Vance Goes To Toxic Waste Site In The Middle Of East Palestine, Demands Biden Admin Clean It Up https://t.co/Lneg6EPJyf
— US Burning (@UsBurning) March 13, 2023
Following the train derailment on February 3rd, a controlled burn was initiated that led to the dispersion of hazardous fumes in the vicinity. Despite reassurances from state and federal authorities that the air and water in East Palestine have not been polluted, locals have consistently reported illnesses that seem to be linked to chemical exposure.
The failure of the Biden administration to address the removal of the toxic waste from East Palestine is a matter of great concern. Their inaction on this matter suggests a disregard for the well-being and safety of the town's inhabitants. Furthermore, the Biden administration's policies that make it more difficult to transport hazardous waste to authorized facilities only serve to exacerbate the risks faced by the people of East Palestine.
Senator J.D. Vance's leadership has been commendable, as he has been outspoken in urging the Biden administration to take swift action to eliminate the hazardous waste from East Palestine. Biden's administration needs to take responsibility and prioritize the well-being of the town's inhabitants by promptly taking action to eradicate the toxic waste. The health and safety of the citizens of East Palestine should be of paramount importance to the Biden administration, and they must act with urgency to address this issue.