East Palestine, OH Train Derailment Information


On the evening of February 3, 2023, a train derailed in East Palestine, Ohio. The tanker cars, carrying several types of chemicals, ruptured, and caught fire.

At the direction of Governor Jim Justice, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP), the West Virginia Emergency Management Division (WVEMD) and the state Department of Health and Human Resources (WVDHHR) are continuously monitoring the situation for any impacts to West Virginia or its citizens.

Learn More: Governor Directs Administration to Continuously Monitor Air, Water Quality After Train Derailment

Ohio River Sampling

Low levels of butyl acrylate, which is used to manufacture plastics and resins, reached the Ohio River through Little Beaver Creek, a small tributary located near the Ohio and Pennsylvania border.

The WVDEP coordinated with the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO), to continuously track the plume and collect samples along the Ohio River.

As of 3 p.m. Friday, February 17, 2023, the leading edge of the plume was estimated to be near mile marker 320 on the Ohio River, which is near Ashland, Kentucky.

All monitoring results were well below the provisional health guidance values issued by the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), which is 560 parts per billion for drinking water, and levels continued to decrease as the plume traveled downstream. No vinyl chloride has been detected in the Ohio River.

DHHR's Bureau for Public Health, which regulates drinking water in West Virginia, worked with water systems in the state to recommend changing water supplies to preempt any potential effects as necessary. There have been no confirmed contaminants in the finished drinking water from this spill in any water system in West Virginia. There are currently no water advisories issued at this time related to this spill.

West Virginians with questions or concerns regarding water quality should contact the water utility serving their household. Please report any environmental issues, regardless of their cause, to the statewide spill line at (800) 642-3074.

Sampling Data

Sample Collection Map

Air Monitoring

The WVDEP is also in contact with the U.S. EPA regarding air monitoring. The U.S. EPA is conducting air monitoring around the perimeter of the crash site in Ohio and has not detected any concentrations of contaminants above health advisory levels.

The WVDEP has air monitoring stations in the northern panhandle and has not detected any impacts to air quality stemming from the derailment.

EPA Response

Updates and additional information from the U.S. EPA on the train derailment site in Ohio are available from the EPA's website.