Ticker – EPA chief at train derailment site: ‘Trust the government’
EAST PALESTINE, Ohio (AP) – The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is trying to assure residents forced from their homes by a toxic train derailment in Ohio nearly two weeks ago that testing shows the air and water are now safe. EPA Administrator Michael Regan says he’s asking residents in eastern Ohio near the Pennsylvania line to trust the government. His visit came a day after residents of East Palestine packed a meeting and demanded to know if they’re safe. Regan said he’s confident that technology being used to clean up the mess would protect public health. Residents are frustrated by what they say is incomplete and vague information.