Michael Barasch, an attorney representing more than 30,000 people impacted by 9/11, has warned East Palestine residents not to trust what the EPA says about water quality.
During an appearance on “Fox & Friends First,” Barasch said his clients are still dying, about two a day, due to exposure to toxins from the 9/11 attack.
He added that another dozen clients call him daily saying they’ve been diagnosed with a 9/11-related cancer.
“If we have learned anything, it’s that the World Trade Center dust taught us that 9/11 didn’t end on 9/11,” he said.
“If I were giving any advice, I would say wait for the scientists, not the EPA, the independent scientists, to tell us that the water and the air is safe,” he warned.
East Palestine residents have reported symptoms ranging from burning eyes, coughing up blood, and headaches.
Meanwhile, children in East Palestine are developing strange rashes.
Barasch emphasized the need for healthcare resources for residents of those affected in the area.
The World Trade Center Health Program was permanently extended in 2011, granting free health care to individuals exposed to toxic dust.
“I would love to see this happen here. I would love the government, both Ohio and the federal government, to provide housing for these people so they can get out of dodge because the fact is they shouldn’t be anywhere near this water or this air until we know for certain,” Barasch explained.
He urged residents not to go within 10 miles of the derailment site.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and EPA Administrator Michael Regan drank glasses of tap water during a visit to East Palestine in an effort to reassure residents.
Barasch slammed the move saying, “It wasn’t proving anything, it was a photo-op.”
Trump also visited the town on Wednesday to give out bottled water to residents.
“With all due respect to President Trump, who went there yesterday, and I applaud him for doing it. … But we need scientists. We don’t need politicians,” Barasch said.
Barasch again urged residents to protect themselves and stay away from the area.
“I would be very afraid, and I would take care of your kids,” he said.