Ohio waste shipments to Indiana resume
Shipments of waste from the East Palestine, Ohio train derailment have resumed in Putnam County, according to our partners at WTWO-TV. An official with Indianapolis-based Heritage Environmental Services, which operates the landfill in Roachdale, confirmed the additional shipments began arriving Tuesday.
Shipments were paused after Gov. Eric Holcomb ordered testing of the materials coming to Indiana from Ohio. Residents and some state officials were concerned about potential dioxins being contained in soil. A third-party testing firm confirmed dioxins were not present in their samples.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management also confirmed the arrival of additional shipments in Indiana.
“Results provided by Norfolk Southern are in line with third-party soil testing conducted on material that previously arrived in Indiana, showing there are no harmful levels of dioxins compared to acceptable levels as established by the U.S. EPA,” according to an IDEM official.
Holcomb has requested further testing on any future loads being shipped into Indiana from the East Palestine site as “an additional safety measure.”
The Putnam County facility is able to handle the materials as it primarily deals with industrial waste, said Dave Costin, emergency management director for Putnam County.