Where is the contaminated soil in East Palestine going?
Norfolk Southern responded to 21 News late this afternoon with a somewhat vague answer to the question everyone's been asking - where is all that contaminated soil going?
Their statement reads:
"The contaminated water is being transported out of the area by truck for disposal at a licensed disposal facility, and the contaminated soil will be transported away from the site to an appropriately permitted facility once all approvals are received."
21 News reached back out for further explanation but has not heard back.
We do, however, know the contaminated soil will not be going to LaFarge Construction in Lordstown. They said, "We are not permitted to receive hazardous material, and as such, we are not accepting any materials from East Palestine."
Two others 21 News confirmed are not taking the soil include Penn Ohio Waste in East Palestine and Environmental Transfer Systems in Warren.
As Norfolk mentioned in their statement, it must be taken to an "appropriately permitted facility."
There are three types of landfills: municipal, industrial and hazardous. This contaminated soil would be heading to a hazardous landfill, not like the ones that take our garbage.
(Source: Ohio EPA)
Hazardous landfills have safety measures in place to protect the environment including double liners, leak detection systems and wind dispersal controls to name a few.
While it's unclear precisely where the contaminated landfill is going right now, we do know it will be making it's way to a place that has the capacity to handle the materials. 21 News is working on finding out just where that is.