by Jesse James, Not The Bee:
Following the fiery derailment of a train carrying toxic chemicals along the Ohio-Pennsylvania line, renowned 9/11 attorney Michael Barasch — whose law firm represents over 25,000 members of the 9/11 community — urged nearby residents to “stay away and don’t believe the EPA.” After toxic materials were released into the air, surface soils and water, Barasch told Breitbart News that news of the incident, followed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) insisting the “air is safe,” sent “shivers” down his spine, given that numerous 9/11 victims still suffer from post-9/11 exposure to harmful toxins.
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Comparing the EPA’s precautionary tactics after the 2001 terror attacks to their recent behavior, Barasch — a longtime legal advocate — added that “21 years ago, the government at least had a reason: they wanted to reopen Wall Street.” Accusing officials of telling people the air is safe when they “don’t really know one way or another,” he suggested they “clear out the area — a 20 mile radius — for two to four weeks and consider it a toxic area until independent scientists can verify that it’s really safe. Otherwise we’re going to see in another twenty years exactly what I’m seeing now — with people developing illnesses and dying from post-9/11 toxic air — only on a lower scale.”
The prominent attorney also emphasized he was unable to “believe the EPA,” accusing them of treating the public “like children.” He argued that government and railroad officials should “get together and create something” for the victims “and get rid of all these lawyers just swooping in on these poor residents who are no doubt breathing really bad stuff.”
Days after the Ohio officials set off a five-car “controlled release” of cars holding vinyl chloride — a gas classified as a known carcinogen to humans — Ohio Senator JD Vance visited East Palestine, where he discovered what appeared to be chemicals in the water of a creek and requested EPA administrator Michael Regan to drink the tap water if the EPA deems the village’s water safe for residents’ consumption.
Visited a local creek in East Palestine today. These waterways are still very polluted. It’s time for Norfolk Southern to finish the cleanup. Check this video out: pic.twitter.com/4lsHBmrMJj
— J.D. Vance (@JDVance1) February 16, 2023
WATCH: Senator @JDVance1 challenges EPA Administrator Regan to drink the tap water in East Palestine, OH
“If the EPA Administrator wants to stand here and tell people that the tap water is safe…they should be willing to drink it.”pic.twitter.com/Zesm3LoDDr
— William Martin (@wsmartin218) February 16, 2023