Erin Brockovich warns Ohio train derailment is transpiring into a ‘nightmare’: None of this makes sense
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine claims water is drinkable, air is safe, on Fox News Wednesday
Consumer advocate Erin Brockovich weighs in on the chemical spill in East Palestine, Ohio, on ‘Kennedy.’
Consumer advocate and whistleblower Erin Brockovich advised residents of East Palestine, Ohio, to “believe their own instincts” as state officials claim there’s no longer any air or water hazards.
“They need to believe what it is they’re smelling, what it is they’re seeing, what it is they’re feeling, what it is they’re experiencing,” Brockovich said on “Kennedy” Wednesday evening.
Almost two weeks after a Norfolk Southern train carrying hazardous materials derailed and caught fire near the Ohio-Pennsylvania border, Gov. Mike DeWine said East Palestine’s water is safe to drink and the air clean to breathe on “The Story with Martha MacCallum.”
The train with 50 rail cars, 10 of which were carrying vinyl chloride, caused hazardous chemicals to spill onto the ground and sent a plume of smoke into the air.
A controlled release of chemicals was done to avoid the risk of an explosion. Residents were evacuated before officials conducted the controlled release, but they have since been allowed back.
Consumer advocate and legal clerk Erin Brockovich tells East Palestine residents to “believe their own instincts” about possible chemical exposures and prolonged symptoms on “Kennedy” Wednesday. (Getty Images)
Some residents aren’t buying officials’ words, and believe serious health hazards remain. East Palestine residents Nathan Izotic and his wife Kelly told Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that they’re seeing the effects of the chemicals first-hand.
“We are seeing them locally and inside of our bodies. What we’re experiencing – local fish in our creeks have died … oily sheens and coloration in our water … [the] constant smell of burning plastics and chemicals in the air… issues with our dog … vomiting, acting lethargic. It’s scary stuff here,” Izotic said.
Lipson O’Shea Legal Group principal and owner Michael O’Shea unpacks the situation in East Palestine where he is representing families affected by the toxic train derailment.
Nathan Velez, another resident of East Palestine, said that he’s experienced persistent headaches.
“My house is just across the tracks … and it smells, too. You can’t spend a lot of time here without feeling like crap,” he said. “And my question is why, if it’s okay, if it’s safe, and all these people say it’s safe, if it’s so safe and okay, then why does it hurt?”
The lack of trust between the state and its constituents is turning this environmental and health disaster into a “nightmare,” Brockovich warned.