Local farmers spearhead soil testing after train derailment

A farmer moves his tractor after turning over the soil in a field on a farm in Prospect, Pa. on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014.

(The Center Square) – Farmers in western Pennsylvania began offering their soil samples for collection in recent weeks after contamination concerns about the train derailment in nearby East Palestine, Ohio went unaddressed.

Cliff Wallace, president of the Beaver-Lawrence Farm Bureau, told The Center Square on Tuesday he’s spoken with property owners seven miles out from the burn site who say they saw plumes of smoke drifting over their land in the aftermath of the crash.