Shapiro releases new interactive soil, water sampling map for East Palestine train derailment
Pennsylvania Governor, Josh Shapiro has unveiled a new interactive mapping tool that shows final sample results from soil and water testing from the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in wake of the East Palestine train derailment disaster in February.
According to DEP Acting Secretary, Rich Negrin, current results indicate that chemicals from the derailment have not been detected in the soil or water. Negrin says the DEP will continue to sample the soil and water to ensure there is no contamination.
"This map is an excellent tool to show the scope of the sampling that we have done and to be able to reassure people that their water and their soil are safe," Negrin said.
The map shows key details including the derailment location and the two-mile radius that had previously been evacuated because of it. Final sample results from soil, surface water, private drinking water wells and public water system wells are all available.
The map also includes a time lapse feature to show where and when samples were collected. Additional sample locations and dates will be added to the map as they are available.
"We have been in touch with the landowners and residents that have had these tests conducted, and we will be continuing to take samples and update this map with final results as they are available," Negrin said.
Samples were tested for chemicals of concern identified by the U.S. EPA and Unified Command. Additional chemicals will be tested in future rounds of sampling.
To access the interactive map, click here.