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Displaced mom rips Biden admin, Buttigieg for minimizing train disaster: ‘Trying to brush this under the rug’
East Palestine mother of 4 raises concerns about long-term impacts from chemical exposure
East Palestine resident and mother of four, Chelsea Simpson, expresses worry that her children were exposed to cancer-causing agents in the Ohio train derailment disaster.
After the Biden administration denied FEMA support for East Palestine and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg downplayed the toxic train derailment on the national stage, one mother who evacuated her family called the White House out for ignoring a health and humanitarian crisis.
"I just can't help but think I feel like they're kind of trying to brush this under the rug," mom of four Chelsea Simpson said on "Mornings with Maria" Friday. "So since FEMA doesn't come in, it's like not holding Norfolk accountable for what they've done to our little town."
While the Biden administration turned down a request for federal disaster assistance from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine in the aftermath of the train derailment, Sec. Buttigieg seemed to minimize the disaster in an appearance with Yahoo! Finance on Thursday.
"There's clearly more that needs to be done," Buttigieg said, "because while this horrible situation has gotten particularly high amount of attention, there are roughly 1,000 cases a year of a train derailing."
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"This is a massive chemical spill, but we don't qualify for the help," Simpson reacted. "Is that so you don't bring more attention on our town and let anyone know how big of a deal this really is?"
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