Former President Donald Trump visits East Palestine

Published: Feb. 22, 2023 at 8:18 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 22, 2023 at 3:40 PM EST
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COLUMBIANA COUNTY, Ohio (WOIO) - Former President Donald Trump made a stop in East Palestine Wednesday and got a tour of the toxic damage caused by the Feb. 3 Norfolk-Southern train derailment and controlled explosion of five railroad cars carrying the chemical vinyl chloride.

Trump first visited Little Beaver Creek, before speaking at the East Palestine Fire Department.

All East Palestine schools were closed Wednesday due to Trump’s visit.

On Tuesday, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine returned to the area.

Regan ordered Norfolk-Southern to pay for the clean-up of all the contaminated soil and water in the area and transport it to appropriate locations. Norfolk-Southern must also reimburse the EPA for the private cleaning offered to all residents and businesses within a certain radius.

EPA officials said they have screened more than 550 homes for air quality concerns and remain on the ground continuously monitoring air quality.

DeWine and Regan, along with several other local, state and federal officials, also visited homes and tasted the tap water with residents. DeWine said testing continues to show the water quality is also safe.

A Health Assessment Clinic sponsored by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the Columbiana County Health Department opened Tuesday for anyone in the East Palestine area with medical questions.

The clinic will be held at the First Church of Christ, 20 W. Martin St., in East Palestine and you can make an appointment by calling 234-564-7755 or 234-564-7888.