Biden On When He’ll Visit Ohio Town Polluted By Train Wreck: ‘Going To Be A While’

  • President Joe Biden said he does not plan on visiting East Palestine, Ohio, where a train derailment earlier this year polluted the area.
  • “I haven’t had the occasion to go to East Palestine. There’s a lot going on here, and I just haven’t been able to break,” Biden said Saturday in Florida as he visited sites damaged by Hurricane Idalia in response to a question from a reporter who asked him whether he planned to visit the Ohio town.
  • “I was thinking whether I’d go to East Palestine this week, but I then was reminded I’ve got to go literally around the world from Washington to India to Vietnam to – and so on. It’s going to be a while,” Biden also said.
  • A train derailed in East Palestine on Feb. 3, and officials performed a controlled burn on the wreck, sending toxic chemicals such as hydrogen chloride and phosgene into eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania.
  • Thousands of fish died after the derailment and nearly half of the federal investigators who went to the scene briefly fell ill while investigating possible health effects in East Palestine. The investigators’ symptoms mirrored those of residents.
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