How Corporate Greed Destroyed East Palestine

On February 3rd, 2023, a Norfolk Southern train carrying tens of thousands of gallons of toxic vinyl chloride derailed in the small town of East Palestine, Ohio. This event, while not unique in the least, is a striking example of how corporate negligence causes environmental humanitarian disasters. In the weeks since the crash, several other trains have derailed, including at least one more of Norfolk Southern’s. Why is this such a common problem? What has led to the US having over 1,000 derailments per year, and why isn’t anything being done about it? The team of Second Thought flew out to East Palestine to speak to residents and take a look at the issue.

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