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Cornell professor weighs in on whether NY residents should be concerned about East Palestine train derailment

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered Norfolk Southern to clean up the site of a train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, which resulted in the release of toxic chemicals and contaminated soil and water resources.

Residents in the area have expressed concern about their health, prompting some in Central New York to question whether they should be worried about potential toxins.


However, Dr. Max Zhang, a professor of mechanical engineering at Cornell University, reassured the public that there is currently no evidence for concern, stating that he has not seen any abnormally high concentration of pollutants in the region.

Ohio is a major producer of eggs, soybeans, tomatoes, cheese, and pet food. Norfolk Southern will be responsible for reimbursing the EPA for the cost of the cleanup, and could face triple the costs if they fail to complete the required actions.