Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt said Sunday that he had blocked a shipment of toxic waste from the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio from coming to Oklahoma.
Gov. Stitt said he learned of the possibility of the toxic waste coming to Oklahoma Saturday night.
“Immediately I worked with my team, Senator Lankford, Senator Mullin, and Congressman Lucas to stop the shipment from coming to our state.” Stitt wrote on social media.
Stitt said he believes it’s not in the best interest of Oklahomans for the waste to be in the state.
Senator James Lankford weighed in on Twitter, saying Gov. Stitt was right to push back.
There are too many unknowns for this proposal to shift hazardous waste from East Palestine, Ohio to Oklahoma. The EPA has not guaranteed the safety of the people of Ohio, and Oklahoma should be as rightly concerned about a substance. Governor Stitt is right to push back. https://t.co/NteY7L3dKT— Sen. James Lankford (@SenatorLankford) March 12, 2023