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Fri Mar 3, 2023, 03:12 PM

 

A Warning for the Newest Victims of Federal Neglect and Corporate Greed in Ohio - NYT

A Warning for the Newest Victims of Federal Neglect and Corporate Greed in Ohio - NYT

Dead birds still fall from the sky near my hometown. Their bodies hit the ground as part of the fallout of an environmental disaster that dates back to the 1970s, the result of corporate pollution that made the county I grew up in the home of one of Michiganís most notorious Superfund sites.

Itís impossible to know what environmental and health challenges the residents of East Palestine, Ohio, will face in the years to come, but my worry is that they will know what I experienced from childhood onward: unease, loved ones getting sick and a fear of natural landscapes that should be local treasures.

In East Palestine, the derailment of a freight train last month, which was carrying toxic chemicals, including vinyl chloride, has already had a clear impact on wildlife and residents. The Environmental Protection Agency continues to monitor the situation.

But the people living there must be prepared for the reality that this disaster could affect their lives in both monumental and minor ways, in a manner that is not fully visible yet. When the media frenzy fades, they should be ready to organize to ensure that the government provides necessary resources to their communities. Organizing, in my own experience, may have to continue for decades.


Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2023/03/03/opinion/east-palestine-ohio-derailment-michigan.html

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