Both of Ohio's US Senators, Republican JD Vance, and Democrat Sherrod Brown, are expressing concern about the long-term health of East Palestine area residents as a result of their exposure to toxic chemicals from last February's Norfolk-Southern train derailment.
They're calling on the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to study whether conditions there constitute a public health emergency, and if they do; their findings could enable the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide the affected residents with Medicare coverage.
In a letter to EPA Director, Michael Regan, the two Senators write, "The long-term environmental and public health impact of this exposure on residents remains unknown and may not become apparent for years to come. No affected resident of East Palestine or its surrounding communities should have to worry about affording necessary health care, now or in the future.”
To read the full letter, click here.
In addition, Senator Brown talked to us on the air this week about his concerns regarding lack of adequate medical treatment for people who might potentially get sick, and why he thinks Norfolk-Southern Railways isn't doing enough to clean up their own mess.
Listen now as he talks with our morning show host, Ray Horner.
**UPDATE: This story was updated with audio from Senator Brown's conversation with Ray Horner, on Thursday, Sept. 28.