On February 3rd, a freight train carrying hazardous chemicals, including vinyl chloride, derailed in East Palestine, Ohio.

Residents were ordered to evacuate for a day while the government and Norfolk Southern attempted to clean up the chemicals, which resulted in them burning many of the hazardous materials and releasing the toxins in to the air.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine decreed that it was safe for East Palestine residents to return shortly after, but many are already skeptical that it is safe for them to do so.

The mainstream media has mostly refused to report on citizens’ concerns even as independent reporters have found hundreds or thousands of dead fish, farm animals, and people’s house pets suddenly dropping dead.

To make matters worse, some have speculated that the Ohio River, which sits a short distance from East Palestine, has already been contaminated by airborne toxins.

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The Ohio River provides water for tens of millions of people.  Additionally, East Palestine sits less than 100 miles from Lake Erie, which supplies water to roughly 22 million people.

The Epoch Times Reports

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Animals are falling sick or dying near the train derailment and chemical fire in East Palestine, Ohio, according to reports, which has sparked fears of more widespread impacts.

Taylor Holzer, owner of a farm just outside the evacuation zone near the fire, told WKBN that several animals that he keeps on his property became ill. Some developed a range of symptoms, including liquid diarrhea and puffy faces.

“Out of nowhere, he just started coughing really hard, just shut down, and he had liquid diarrhea and just went very fast,” Holzer told the outlet of one of his animals. “Smoke and chemicals from the train, that’s the only thing that can cause it, because it doesn’t just happen out of nowhere,” he added. “The chemicals that we’re being told are safe in the air, that’s definitely not safe for the animals … or people.”

Authorities have said the train was carrying highly toxic vinyl chloride, hydrogen chloride, and other hazardous materials before it derailed.

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