A train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, caused a fire that burned for several days and released a carcinogen, vinyl chloride, into the air and water supply. Senator J. D. Vance is calling for an investigation into the environmental and health impacts of the incident. Although drinking water tests have not shown any concerns, Vance wants to ensure appropriate environmental testing continues.
Norfolk Southern, the company responsible for the train, warned the EPA that other volatile industrial chemicals were also released. Vance is calling for long-term studies of the disaster and expressed concern about the infrastructure problems in the country.