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A New Permanent Clinic Opens to Assist Residents of East Palestine Featured

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State and local officials were in East Liverpool yesterday at the ribbon cutting of a new permanent health clinic for those impacted by the toxic train derailment in East Palestine.

News 5 reports that the new clinic will be operated by East Liverpool City Hospital with the help of the Ohio Department of Health. And unlike previous temporary clinics that could only refer patients, this clinic will be able to provide treatment and medication.

The clinic will initially be funded through public money, but Governor DeWine expects that the state will seek reimbursement for the cost of the clinic from Norfolk Southern. 

One of the main objectives of the clinic is creating a health baseline for first responders who where on the scene during the initial aftermath of the derailment. Officials say that while first responders are not showing any immediate illness, having a baseline will allow physicians to notice any potential long-term health effects.

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