One Year Later: East Palestine Chemical Disaster

A year after the train derailment in East Palestine, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and community are still recovering from the more than 100,000 gallons of toxic chemicals released. Maintenance and cleanup continue to this day, as Norfolk Southern just ended funding relocation for residents on February 3. With ~26% of the East Palestine population being under 18, the impacts of the train derailment are sure to be monitored through the rest of their lives.

A safe, clean environment is critical for every child, and the Ohio AAP is committed to educating providers and families about environmental hazards in and out of the home.

  • Lead-Free Ohio: The Lead-Free Ohio program is recruiting for their Practice Coaching initiative, learn more and sign up here. 
  • Safe Environment for Every Kid: Those interested in supporting the injury prevention work and social determinants of health screenings the Ohio AAP is focused on can email Brooke Powell at
  • Disaster Preparedness Training: Discover a pediatrician’s role in a disaster and how you can prepare your office, staff, and patients! View the training here.
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