(PresidentialDaily.org) -Last week, the New York Post spoke with residents of East Palestine, Ohio who said they and their families have been experiencing health issues since the February 3rd Norfolk Southern train derailment, including one resident who said the toxic chemicals caused his voice to sound as if he inhaled helium.
Wade Lovett, a 40-year-old auto detailer, told the Post that he began to experience trouble breathing after the derailment and doctors told him he “definitely” had chemicals inside him. However, Lovett told the Post that there was nobody in East Palestine capable of running toxicological tests to determine what chemicals were in his system.
Speaking in “an extremely high-pitched voice,” Lovett told the Post that his typically low speaking voice now “sounds like Mickey Mouse.” He said he has difficulting breathing, especially at night, and the pain in his chest is so bad that it feels as if he is drowning.
East Palestine residents have grown furious and frustrated over what they said is the lack of assistance and information both from the Biden administration and local officials. But residents have found their voice in Jamie Cozza.
Cozza, a lifelong resident of East Palestine who has dozens of close relatives living nearby, told the Post that many in her family are suffering health issues following the controlled burn of the chemicals aboard the derailed train.
According to another lifelong resident, 47-year-old Jason Trosky, the town is lucky to have Cozza fighting for them. After activist Erin Brockovich turned up last week, Trosky told the Post that her appearance was an attempt to “stay relevant” and Cozza will still be there even “after the circus leaves town.”
Last Friday, an independent analysis of EPA data by Texas A&M University found nine air pollutants in and around East Palestine at levels high enough to raise concerns about long-term health problems. The analysis appears to contradict official statements from both state and federal regulators that the air in East Palestine is safe, the Post reported.