US (PA): Greenhouse in Lawrence County feeling impact of train derailment, chemical release

Schweikert’s Greenhouse in Enon Valley, Lawrence County, has been a family-owned and operated greenhouse for more than 35 years.

“I’ve been doing this since I was little,” said Michelle Hudak, the owner of Schweikert’s Greenhouse. They have rows and rows of flowers, potted plants, and veggies.

“Tomato, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage,” said Hudak. “You name it, we’ve got it.” But business has taken a huge hit since the train derailment in February because the greenhouse is located about five miles away from East Palestine.

“There was a huge smoke bloom just over us, and you could taste the fumes in the air,” said Hudak. In the past few months, Hudak said they’ve lost thousands of dollars.


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