The EPA lied, people might have died, but it was for a good cause. The political cause of the Left.
The non-profit group, Government Accountability Project (GAP), claims the EPA tested nearby soil and water much earlier than previously disclosed to the public.
The group says the EPA found an elevated level of dioxins during those tests — but continued to tell residents they were safe from the chemicals spilled and burned after the train derailed…
The GAP found documents that show the EPA, Norfolk Southern and its paid consultant Arcadis conducted dioxin and related testing on Feb. 9 and Feb. 17, 2023. They found elevated levels of dioxin and other dangerous compounds in East Palestine despite saying otherwise, publicly.
“They didn’t want people to know they had dioxin concerns here. Dioxin is the most toxic substance known to man,” Pacey said.
So what did the Feb. 17 results show? “It shows a TEQ dioxin level of 91.9, which is 19 times higher than the 4.8 screening level, which requires more testing,” said independent testing expert Scott Smith.
Despite this being exactly the kind of thing that the EPA had been created for, the agency was much more focused on…
1. Banning gas stoves
2. Eliminating most traditional forms of industry
3. Pushing equity
While the EPA maintained its ‘laser focus’ on pollution involving minorities, East Palestine had white people living in it and the disaster had happened on Biden and Buttigieg’s watch making it politically inconvenient.
On Feb 3, a train filled with hazardous materials derailed in East Palestine. That same day, an interview with Buttigieg about “infrastructure, safety and equity” appeared in Forbes Magazine.
Buttigieg did not mention the disaster in East Palestine, instead he talked about how “communities of color” were being “destroyed” by infrastructure investment and how under Biden, they’d have the opportunity to “reconnect across highways or railways that divide them.”
The disaster that would be compared to Chernobyl around the world did not change Buttigieg’s schedule or his priorities. At the National Association of Counties, Buttigieg complained that there were too many white construction workers working on projects in black neighborhoods. That same day he finally got around to tweeting a press release, “I continue to be concerned about the impacts of the Feb 3 train derailment.” Afterward he tweeted about his NACO event.
Last year, the EPA’s Michael Regan, hailed as the first black administrator to hold the role, visited Alabama on the anniversary of the Selma march and claimed that black residents faced water discrimination.
Two weeks after the disaster, Regan finally visited and unconvincingly assured residents of East Palestine that their water was safe to drink and the air safe to breathe. He claimed that he couldn’t have come earlier so as not to “take away resources from the state highway patrol”.
Had this been a story involving a GOP administration and a corporation instead of the EPA, Hollywood would be fast-tracking movies based on it. (Tommy Lee Jones would play the evil corporate stooge.) But since it is what it is, expect this one to be buried like toxic waste.
Some people’s lives matter, others don’t, and some political causes matter more than people’s lives.