(Washington, DC) – Today, the Functional Government Initiative (FGI) announced an update in its ongoing investigation into the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) initial response to the toxic spill from the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio. Records obtained through FGI’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request reveal that EPA Administrator Michael Regan was tending to other, seemingly mundane, issues across the country in the more than two weeks it took for him to visit the crash site.
The February 3, 2023, train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, resulted in the release of hazardous materials, threatening local residents. Though the EPA started monitoring air quality in the surrounding area the day of the disaster, and regional authorities soon began monitoring nearby water quality, local responders became overwhelmed. The focus of the EPA’s leader during this time appeared to have been elsewhere.