Mayor Pete Gets TORCHED Over his Ohio Train Disaster Statement
A day late, a buck short, and completely meaningless.
Residents of East Palestine, Ohio are frightened…and rightly so. Their quiet town is now the epicenter of one of the most dramatic environmental disasters that our nation has even seen, after a train derailed carrying a vast amount of hazardous chemicals. To make matters worse, local authorities decided that their most convenient course of action would be to burn those chemicals off, sending an enormous plume of vinyl chloride into the air.
Now, as local pets and livestock continue to die in droves, and as investigators continue to discover other, previously undeclared hazardous chemicals involved in the incident, Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has released a rather unconvincing statement on the matter.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is “concerned” by the impacts of the trail derailment near East Palestine, he said in a statement late Monday — days after residents were force to evacuate due to the release of toxic chemicals.
“I continue to be concerned about the impacts of the Feb 3 train derailment near East Palestine, OH, and the effects on families in the ten days since their lives were upended through no fault of their own,” Buttigieg said in a social media update Monday evening.
“It’s important that families have access to useful & accurate information,” he continued before contending there was a swift response to the incident initially.
“USDOT has been supporting the investigation led by The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Our Federal Rail Administration and Pipelines and Hazardous Materials teams were onsite within hours of the initial incident and continue to be actively engaged,” he said, making a vague promise to investigate what happened and hold those responsible accountable.
“In the meantime, our Federal partners at EPA are onsite and monitoring indoor and outdoor air quality to test for VOCs and other chemicals of concern,” he said, adding that the agency has screened 291 homes already with “no detections” identified.
Social media users have been emphatically concerned about the potential fallout of this disaster, even going so far as to make “#OhioChernobyl” trend on Twitter, hoping to raise awareness after the federal government and mainstream media downplayed the issue.
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