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An explosion and a fire trigger the alarm at an industrial plant in Ohio

An industrial plant suffered an explosion and a fire this Monday on the outskirts of Bedford (Ohio), southeast of Cleveland, according to local media reports and witnesses on social networks. The accident, whose causes are unknown, has caused a large smoke in the factory, near the highway. The authorities have so far not reported the existence of victims, but local media say that workers with burns have been taken to the hospital.

The factory that has burned belongs to the firm I Schumann & Co, a metallurgical company specializing in copper, brass and bronze alloys, the company explains on its website. The fire department in neighboring Twinsburg has reported the existence of a large fire. According to Cleveland’s Channel 19, at least one person has been airlifted to hospital with burns. According to Fox8, a total of 13 people have been taken to the hospital, one of them in critical condition.

The accident at the industrial plant on the outskirts of Bedford occurs as concerns continue over the level of contamination in the town of East Palestine, also in Ohio, where on February 3 a train loaded with dangerous goods derailed, including vinyl chloride, which when burned releases highly toxic substances.

In addition, the accident has devalued properties in the area and damaged economic activity. There are numerous lawsuits filed against Norfolk Southern, the company that owned the train that derailed. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) itself has initiated legal action against the company to be responsible for the immediate cleanup and remediation costs and those that arise in the future as a result of the accident.

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Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg sent a letter on sunday to the company’s chief executive officer, Alan Shaw, warning him that the company must “demonstrate unequivocal support for the people” of East Palestine, Ohio, and the surrounding area. “Norfolk Southern must honor its commitment to compensate residents, and it must also honor its obligation to do whatever it takes to stop endangering communities like East Palestine,” Buttigieg wrote. “This is the right time for Norfolk Southern to take a leadership position within the rail industry, shifting to a stance that focuses on supporting, not thwarting, efforts to raise the bar for rail safety regulation in the United States. Joined”.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Friday that chemicals dumped into the Ohio River no longer pose a risk, though community residents report constant headaches and sore eyes. The state plans to open a medical clinic in the town of 4,700 to test for its symptoms, despite repeated claims that air and water tests have shown no signs of contaminants.

Rail freight traffic has already been restored in the area and some accuse Norfolk Southern of having opted to blow up and burn the wagons in order to clear the track sooner.



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