Ohio residents are currently worried about their public health and safety after a Train Crashed with Hazardous Chemicals a board. The train caught fire and the chemicals went up in flames, filling the sky with black smoke. Here’s what we know.
According to reports
On February 3, a 150-car freight train derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, carrying hazardous chemicals and other materials. The incident forced hundreds of people to evacuate the town for several days, as the company vented and burned carcinogenic chemicals from the cars involved in the fiery crash.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been monitoring the air throughout East Palestine, including inside at least 210 homes, and investigating soil and surface water contamination near the crash site. Although the EPA has not detected any “levels of concern” of hazardous substances released during or after the crash, substances released during the incident were observed and detected in samples from several water sources, including Sulphur Run, Leslie Run, Bull Creek, North Fork Little Beaver Creek, Little Beaver Creek, and the Ohio River.
The Ohio train disaster highlights the potential dangers of transporting hazardous chemicals and materials via train and underscores the need for continued vigilance and safety measures to prevent such disasters from occurring in the future.
Vinyl chloride is an extremely toxic chemical used in the production of PVC plastic. When leaked, it can cause dizziness, headaches, and respiratory issues, among other health problems. In order to prevent further harm, authorities decided to conduct a controlled burn of the vinyl chloride. This involves setting the leaked substance on fire in a controlled environment to prevent it from spreading further.
The situation is much more critical than we think, just as a train accident, it can cause harm for an environment and public health.
As new information is released I’ll update everyone. Please if you start to fill sick go to your local hospital.
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