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Water Contamination: East Palestine Train Derailment Contaminates Ohio River

Last updated on May 31, 2024

A train derailment and accident is a tragedy. When that train is pulling 20 hazardous material cars containing toxic chemicals—and five of the derailed cars are loaded with toxins—there is a potential for an environmental catastrophe of epic proportions. At Kelley Ferraro, LLC, we are passionate about protecting those who are injured or harmed by situations such as this. If you have concerns about your health and well-being after the East Palestine train derailment in Ohio on February 4, 2023, we can help.

Environmental Hazards And The Immediate Danger To The Public

Emergency response teams arriving on the scene focused on containing the immediate threat to the public, and preventing any further contamination of the waterways as firefighters extinguished the blaze and worried about runoff into the drinking supply. A contaminant-filled plume filled the air and would not go away. Authorities and officials decided a controlled burn was the best way to reduce the risk of damage to the environment. The public was evacuated until such a time that the drinking water could be deemed safe.

After air and water sample testing, officials declared themselves to be “pretty confident” that the local residents dependent on municipal water were safe to drink the water. However, the Ohio Department of Health encouraged residents (especially those who are pregnant, breastfeeding or using water to prepare baby formula) with private water systems to get their wells tested. Officials continue to monitor the situation, but like all toxic exposure cases, the effects to the local population may not be known for years to come.

Dangerous And Contaminated Water: Lasting Health Concerns

As water contamination attorneys who have helped those who became sick and terminally ill by the Camp Lejeune water contamination catastrophe, we understand the extensive damage that can be caused by environmental contamination. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) contaminated drinking water can cause:

  • Severe gastrointestinal illnesses
  • Significant damages to the body’s nervous or reproductive systems
  • Chronic and terminal diseases, including cancer

These sorts of stories are always difficult to see on television and in the news when they happen. When it happens in your community, and your family is the family at risk, it can be terrifying. If you have concerns that the East Palestine train derailment put your family at risk, we can help.

Are You Concerned That Your Family Is At Risk? Don’t Wait. Call Us Now.

The experienced product liability and personal injury attorneys at Kelley Ferraro, LLC know just how to help alleviate concerns and help people who have been impacted by catastrophic events such as the East Palestine train derailment. Call us today at 216-238-8654 or reach out through our online contact form to schedule your free, initial case assessment today.

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