On February 3, 2023, a Norfolk Southern train carrying vinyl chloride derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, approximately 67 miles from Summit County. Emergency crews conducted a controlled burn of the spill on the request of state officials, which released hydrogen chloride and phosgene into the air. As a result, residents within a 1 mi (1.6 km) radius were evacuated, and an emergency response from agencies across three states was initiated.
The incident has generated questions from Hudson citizens about the impact to the water and air quality in Hudson. The EPA and Summit County Public Health have stated there is no impact to the City of Hudson based on this incident. For more information visit East Palestine Train Derailment.