Joe Biden claims the toxic train derailment isn’t a problem for the residents of Ohio.
But it’s certainly impacted aquatic animals.
The Biden administration has been forced to admit the disaster has killed 43,000 fish.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials claim air and water testing has not found chemicals to be at concerning levels in East Palestine, Ohio, since the Norfolk Southern train derailment on Feb. 3.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said in a statement Wednesday that “new water testing results have been returned to the Ohio EPA.”
“These results show no detection of contaminants in raw water from the five wells that feed into East Palestine’s municipal water system.”
“Test results from the combined, treated water from all five wells also showed no detection of contaminants associated with the derailment. With these tests results, Ohio EPA is confident that the municipal water is safe to drink,” DeWine said.
“East Palestine’s municipal water system, which provides drinking water for most area residents, takes in water from five wells that are located approximately one mile from the derailment site.”
The Governor also added that “municipal wells are at least 56 feet below the surface and are covered by a solid steel casing that protects the water from contamination.”
Yet at the same time, Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) estimates that more than 43,000 fish and other aquatic life has died as a result of the train derailment.
ODNR director Mary Mertz announced Thursday that roughly 38,222 minnows and about 5,550 other aquatic life like small fish, crayfish, amphibians, and macroinvertebrates were within just 5 miles of the derailment site.
“Although dead aquatic species still remain in the impacted waterways, the entirety of the impact to the aquatic life is believed to have occurred in the first 24-hours after the derailment,” Mertz stated adding, “these small fish are all believed to have been killed immediately after the derailment.”
The number was calculated based on observations of a sample of 2,938 aquatic life.
“Since then, additional work has been completed to remove more dead fish from the water, although that removal is not part of the survey,” Mertz noted.
“The investigation has thus far concluded that of the 7-and-a-half-mile impacted area, the species were killed over a 5-mile span.”
The ODNR director noted that the testing for non-aquatic animals which included birds and opossums has not come back yet.
“We do not believe any of these animals were made sick by the train derailment, but we have submitted those specimens to the Ohio Department of Agriculture and will wait for those test results before making that judgement,” said Mertz.
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