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Activist Brockovich: Officials 'still don’t have any answers' about enviro impact of Ohio derailment

Children are not allowed to drink from water fountains in school in the East Palestine, Ohio, Brockovich said.

Published: February 27, 2023 2:07pm

Updated: February 27, 2023 3:53pm

Activist Erin Brockovich says government officials are not giving residents near the recent train derailment in eastern Ohio timely and clear answers about the environmental impact to the Feb. 3 accident in which toxic chemicals were on board.

"We're pushing a month now and they still don’t have any answers," Brockovich told Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Friday evening. "It’s very obvious something’s really gone wrong out here."

It was unclear at exactly whom Brockovich is pointing the finger – local, state and/or federal officials.

Speaking from East Palestine, Ohio, where the derailment occurred, Brockovich said the government has "sent a horrible mixed message to this community" by going back and forth about residents safety and health after the Norfolk Southern derailment that smoldered for days.

Officials siphoned off and ignited into the air some of the chemicals to avert an explosion. But the process, as a result, might have created environmental and health problems. 

Although officials continue to say the water is safe, Brockovich said, "In the schools the children can't drink the fountains and on private wells around here, they've got locks on them. ... If there is no problem, you don't need to lock a fountain."

She concluded: "You can't gaslight me."

Brockovich's concerns also follows the Ohio Department of Natural Resources said the derailment has led to the deaths of more than 43,700 aquatic animals, mostly small minnows.

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