The Washington Post

EPA orders testing for dioxins at crash site

- — Scott Dance

After weeks of questions about contaminat­ion associated with a train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, the Environmen­tal Protection Agency on Thursday ordered rail company Norfolk Southern to test the area for dioxins, a dangerous and persistent class of pollutants created when plastic is burned. The train that crashed there Feb. 3 was carrying chemicals used to make plastics.

A chorus of academics, environmen­talists and residents have been raising alarm about potential dioxin contaminat­ion because, days after the derailment, authoritie­s seeking to avoid an explosion purposeful­ly released and burned the chemical vinyl chloride, a key component of PVC plastic.

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