This is an opinion piece written by David Rowan, a student at Carlow University who is not affiliated with the Carlow Chronicle. The essay was originally written for the Environmental Justice class about his trip to East Palestine, Ohio after the train derailment spilled toxic chemicals and contaminated the soil. Rowan discussed the impact that the derailment has on the community and raises the question of if this is going to be the new normal. It was submitted with approval by David Rowan to publish in the Chronicle. Current students can also submit their work by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.