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East Palestine Resident Experiencing Lesions and Other Health Effects 2 Months After Train Derailment

East Palestine Resident Experiencing Lesions and Other Health Effects 2 Months After Train Derailment

Residents are taking it upon themselves to get tested, and do not seem to be getting answers or assistance.

Over two months after the trail derailment near East Palestine, Ohio, followed by a catastrophic release of chemicals, residents in the area report they are still experiencing adverse health effects and have other concerns related to chemical exposure.

Courtney Miller, an East Palestine resident described her symptoms to Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade, claiming she has “many issues.”

“A lot of it is stomach pain, constant stomach pain. It feels like stabbing in my stomach,” she said. “I’ve had a shortness of breath, I’ve tried to go to the hospital a few times because of it, and they’re telling me that I don’t meet criteria.”

Miller also described lesions on the right side of her face with pus oozing out.

“I didn’t know if it was a chemical burn or if it was from the dioxins or why it’s only on the one side of my face and not the other,” she said.

Dioxin (also known as 2,3,7,8- tetrachlorodibenzo para dioxin) is known to cause skin lesions.

Short-term exposure of humans to high levels of dioxins may result in skin lesions, such as chloracne and patchy darkening of the skin, and altered liver function. Long-term exposure is linked to impairment of the immune system, the developing nervous system, the endocrine system and reproductive functions.

Below is an example of dioxin-induced chloracne.

Another East Palestine resident says he tested positive for breakdown products from vinyl chloride, which was one of the four chemicals that were part of the “controlled burn” that was the response action selected after the derailment occurred.

Eric Cozza says he’s not getting the answers he needs and News 5 Investigators learned he is not the only one.

People want answers about their health and they’re taking it upon themselves to get tested.

….He showed us what he says is his urine test result from last month, which revealed a breakdown product of vinyl chloride.

“So was that shocking to you at all?” we asked.

“Yes, this is very shocking. Because I never thought two months out — maybe when we came back for a little while — to see this two months out, almost three months out, it’s very shocking,” Cozza said.

Cozza said he took his results to Norfolk Southern, the railroad company pointed to everything but the derailment.

“They said because I’m a smoker, deodorant, stuff like that,” Cozza said.

The CDC says you can be exposed to vinyl chloride from cigarette and cigar smoke. Cozza isn’t convinced that’s the cause.

“They’re putting even more stress on us because we’re not getting answers,” Cozza said.

An inmate sitting in a prison cell nearly 20 miles from the derailment is suing the railroad chief executive for $25 million.

A lawsuit filed by 30-year-old Josh Turner in U.S. District Court against Norfolk Southern CEO Alan Shaw claims that the spillage of vinyl chloride in the February 3rd derailment and subsequent decision for a controlled burn sent toxic chemicals into the environment.

Turner, who is serving a four-year sentence for robbery and felonious assault at the Ohio Penitentiary on Coitsville-Hubbard Road in Youngstown, alleges in the partially hand-written complaint that he has been suffering from rashes, headaches, chest pain, wheezing, and breathing problems which he attributes to impact of vinyl chloride.

Claiming that prison officials have made no effort to provide inmates with bottled water, Turner alleges that his constitutional rights are being violated.


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This thing is only going to get bigger as time goes on.

The derailment will be the cause of everything in the absence of a control group. As time goes on it will be the cause of more and more.

    CommoChief in reply to rhhardin. | May 1, 2023 at 6:18 pm

    Maybe so. Of course this is the sort of excuse made in the burn pit drama. It might be another reason that tens of thousands of service members present at the places massive multi acre burn pits were in operation have issues consist with exposure to burning the toxic stew of everything from bulk plastics, medical waste, human and animal remains, tires, military/civilian vehicles and of course human waste among other unsavory things.

    Either stop shipping this stuff in an unsafe manner through rural America or pay up. If costs rise then so be it.

      rhhardin in reply to CommoChief. | May 1, 2023 at 6:21 pm

      It’s click-bait whatever else it is. The discovery of a new “public problem” is a route to political power as well, if you can take ownership of it.

        CommoChief in reply to rhhardin. | May 1, 2023 at 7:20 pm

        Are some folks trying to get over? Probably. Are most? Probably not.

        What is clear is that prior to the derailment and utterly asinine decision to burn chemicals some of which were effectively turned into a chemical weapon of WWI to disburse throughout the area folks were not reporting these issues in large numbers.

        Lack of a prior recorded and validated baseline isn’t dispositive evidence that folks don’t have injury as a direct result of this fiasco. The transportation companies are free to gather that baseline data from soil, water and air testing of every individual chemical and possible combo of those chemicals in every area their trains and trucks transit.

E Howard Hunt | May 1, 2023 at 6:03 pm

Mayor Pete thinks they probably drank some of that Camp Lejeune water.

    Paula in reply to E Howard Hunt. | May 1, 2023 at 7:46 pm

    It was decades before the full impact of the Camp Lejeuene toxic water situation was fully documented. Likewise, it will be many years before the full impact of the toxic chemical fallout in East Palestine is known.

An aborted pipeline by Choice. Excess rail traffic reform, perhaps. A secretary of trans/portation, probably.

henrybowman | May 1, 2023 at 6:47 pm

Where is the Public Health Chinese Fire Drill?
Oh, right, they’re Republicans.

Camperfixer | May 2, 2023 at 8:16 am

The astounding speed that East Palestine was memory-holed by this reprehensible Administration and their propaganda wing, the MSM, shows the evil the Dem’s are willing to employ to achieve their goals. Any decent President (like Trump) would have been all over this in two shakes. Then again, whether the wreck was another “perception management distraction” or not, certainly the seriously lackluster – nearly full out ignoring – aftermath “response” proves the Dem’s do not care about most American’s…only the one’s they can use to further their tyranny.

Bitterlyclinging | May 2, 2023 at 8:18 am

Time to make an appointment with a gastroenterologist and let him do an endoscopy to have a look see, then on to a pulmonologist to have him see if he can find whats wrong the lungs.
Complaining without documentation only gets you so far.