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MSNBC Reported Several Minutes Ago, That President Biden Had "Reversed Course And Will Come To EP

So this is either new reporting which has not yet hit the Google Machine, or MSNBC is still looking at last week's news that President Biden "Will Come" to East Palestine "Some Time In The Futrue".

If you find something confirming one way or the other, please post here.


Some Local Statistics From East Palestine This Morning


The EPA, The FBI, And Headless Nails

After the New Deal, and with the rapid expansion of government services, and therefore government workers...

The Right started to complain and push back. One old saw was...

"Government workers are like headless nails-you can get them in, but you can't get them out."

That was unsurprising Right-Wing drivel at the time. But...

I remember reading somewhere in the last few years, a concern about people being placed into government positions such that even if the Executive (Presidency) changed hands from one party to the other, there would be lower level, non-politically appointed workers who would be left behind to continue to work from their own partisan view point. Still servicing their old boss's agenda.

Headless Nails

And with the recent weirdness with the EPA deferring to Norfolk Southern, and the DOJ and FBI at each other's throats, I'm wondering if we are starting to see the effect of the theorized, Headless Nails.

It's the only thing that makes sense to me.

Thoughts ?

R U F*ing Kidding Me ?: EPA requiring Norfolk Southern to sample for dioxins in East Palestine

You're having Norfolk Southern do the testing ???

Are you NUTS ???

Brockovich was correct today: "They're having the foxes secure the hen house !"

EPA requiring Norfolk Southern to sample for dioxins in East Palestine - 21WFMJ
Should dioxins be found at a level that poses any substantial threat to residents and/or the environment, the EPA will direct the immediate cleanup of the area as needed.

Link: https://www.wfmj.com/story/48486609/a

WATCH Erin Brockovich holds second town hall meeting in East Palestine

Uh Oh... MSNBC Says Erin Brockovich Is Holding A Second Town Meeting Next Hour In EP

And she seemed a bit pissed.

Says, "When I ask for information from the EPA, they refer me to Norfolk Southern. The very fox in the hen house."

Just heard it walking in the door, no link.

Will look for live stream.

After Weeks of Fake Outrage Over East Palestine, Republicans Push to Weaken Water Protection

After Weeks of Fake Outrage Over East Palestine, Republicans Push to Weaken Water Protection
The Ohio train derailment story is also a story about water pollution.

Republicans have spent weeks criticizing the response to the East Palestine, Ohio, train derailment, lobbing attacks at any target close enough for something to stick. Seldom have they directly confronted the clear-as-day culprit: corporate-bought deregulation. The charade has now hit another milestone, as Republicans line up behind a party-wide push to deregulate water protection in the United States.

On Tuesday, the Republican-led House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee voted to reverse a Biden administration rule on water protection—which could affect communities contaminated by disasters like the one in East Palestine.

In 2015, the Obama administration announced a rule that expanded the definition of what kinds of bodies of water can be covered under the Clean Water Act, the now 50-year-old law tasked with overseeing water pollution and protecting the integrity of the country’s waterways.

In 2020, the Trump administration rolled back Obama’s changes, letting polluters off the hook and leaving regulators with less jurisdiction over protecting waterways. The approach limited federal protection to cover only “permanent” bodies of water and not other smaller but still impactful waterways, like streams of water that flow only part of the year. As a result, Trump’s rule deferred to states to determine what would and wouldn’t be protected by the Clean Water Act. In a case like Ohio, where the local government has been slow to respond to the contamination of water, such limits could make communities worse off.

In January, the Biden administration issued a rule...

Link: https://newrepublic.com/feeds/168326/ticker

Here's the real reason the EPA doesn't want to test for toxins in East Palestine - Guardian

Here’s the real reason the EPA doesn’t want to test for toxins in East Palestine - Guardian
The agency is familiar with dioxins, having researched its adverse effects, and if they test the soil in East Palestine for it, they will find it

The decision to release and burn five tanker cars of vinyl chloride and other chemicals at the site of a 38-car derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, just over three weeks ago unleashed a gigantic cloud full of particulates that enveloped surrounding neighborhoods and farms in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

It is well documented that burning chlorinated chemicals like vinyl chloride will generate dioxins. “Dioxin” is the name given to a group of persistent, very toxic chemicals that share similar chemical structures. The most toxic form of dioxin is 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin or TCDD. TCDD is more commonly recognized as the toxic contaminant found in Agent Orange and at Love Canal, New York and Times Beach, Missouri, both sites of two of the most tragic environmental catastrophes in US history.

Dioxin is not deliberately manufactured. It is the unintended byproduct of industrial processes that use or burn chlorine. It is also produced when chemicals such as vinyl chloride are burned such as occurred in East Palestine.

The organization I work for, the Center for Health, Environment & Justice, has worked with communities affected by dioxins for over 40 years. We have seen the impact of exposure to dioxins in communities from Love Canal and Times Beach to Pensacola, Florida. And now, we are asking, why isn’t EPA testing for dioxins in East Palestine, Ohio? Are dioxins present in the soil downwind from the site of the accident?

At a townhall meeting in East Palestine last week...

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/mar/02/epa-toxins-test-east-palestine-ohio-train-derailment-dioxins

About the Author

Stephen Lester - Science Director - The Center for Health, Environment & Justice

Stephen received his first Master’s of Science, in Toxicology, from Harvard University, and his second Master’s of Science, in Environmental Health, from New York University. He received his Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from American University. Stephen has served on numerous scientific advisory and peer review committees including those of the Natural Resource Council of the National Academy of Sciences, the National institutes of Environmental Health Sciences, and the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment.

Link: https://chej.org/about-us/meet-the-team

WOW/Please Read: East Palestine Isn't Suffering From One Disaster. It's Suffering From Many

East Palestine Isn’t Suffering From One Disaster. It’s Suffering From Many.

Every four years when I was growing up, my mother would scoff at the influx of presidential nominees pretending to care about Ohio voters. Now the town of East Palestine is being subjected to that spectacle in an off year.

Long before the 150-car train carrying hazardous chemicals derailed in East Palestine, the entire surrounding region was suffering from indifference and tepid neglect. And even after the “controlled explosion”—meant to avert a more catastrophic spill—spewed black chemical smoke over the modest homes in this neighborhood, the disaster was widely overlooked until it became popular to self-righteously accuse one’s political opponents of ignoring the disaster. Peak disaster posturing probably occurred last week, when former President Donald Trump showed up (weeks after the crash) for a publicity stunt to hand out water bottles branded with his own name­—along with bottles of “much lesser quality water,” he added. The verbal tic—meant to elevate Trump water—came across as particularly insensitive in a place where toxic chemicals have upended lives and residents had been depending upon daily water quality monitoring for safety.

At an early public meeting, East Palestine residents asked why contaminated soil was not being removed—important to keeping toxins from leaching into the groundwater. Officials assured them that returning home was safe, despite the vinyl chloride in the train’s cargo having been linked to liver, brain, lung, and blood cancers. But if it’s safe in town, residents wanted to know, why does it hurt to breathe?

I grew up about a half-hour north of East Palestine, in a town about twice its tiny size, in a wash of small cities that rose with industry in the belt between Pittsburgh and Cleveland. By the time I was born, the Mahoning Valley’s steel industry had moved offshore. Brownfields dotted our landscape; train whistles remained ubiquitous as cars chugged along old lines, onward to elsewhere.

Elsewhere was my mother’s great dream for me. Keep up my grades, get a college scholarship. Get out. It wasn’t just my mother. Unemployment was rampant in our region, and many of us felt a push to flee...

Link: https://newrepublic.com/article/170854/east-palestine-train-environmental-history

Morning Joe thrashes GOP grandstanding at Merrick Garland hearing: 'Worst acting I've seen'

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