Sandusky County EMA, Public Health hold press conference for East Palestine waste

Published: Feb. 28, 2023 at 1:02 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 28, 2023 at 2:59 PM EST
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SANDUSKY COUNTY, Ohio (WOIO) - The Sandusky County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and Public Health held a press conference Tuesday afternoon regarding the disposal of overflow water from the train wreck in East Palestine.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced last week a small amount of contaminated liquid from East Palestine is being hauled to a hazardous waste site in Vickery, OH.

“They really want to help not only just the individuals of East Palestine to get these out of their area but to get them taken care of in a safe manor that it also doesn’t affect anyone in Sandusky County either,” Lisa Kuelling, the Sandusky County EMA director, said.

Officials said Vickery Environmental will be taking in 581,500 gallons of contaminated liquid from the East Palestine train derailment site.

“The majority of everything that’s on the tankers coming from East Palestine to Vickery Environmental right now is 98% water,” Kuelling said.

Vickery Environmental is a deep well waste injection facility, which disposes of hazardous liquids deep underground.

“They test every load though as it’s coming in just to get the understanding makeup down to the minute percentages of how much it is this or how much it is that,” Kuelling said.

According to a report done by the Ohio EPA, the waste stream is injected into the Mount Simon Sandstone at depths of approximately 2,800 feet below ground level.

The other 1,133, 933 gallons were sent to a hazardous waste facility in Texas.

Vickery Environmental statement:

Vickery Environmental places the health and safety of our local communities at the forefront of all operations - making safety a core value without compromise while operating under the strict compliance and permitting of both the Ohio EPA and US EPA.

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