Why isn’t this spill on mainstream news for health and safety? This is a huge and very, very toxic spill in Ohio. A train carrying highly toxic vinyl chloride and hydrogen chloride came off the tracks. The train company is trying to take charge of cleaning this up, but they are making things worse.
In my opinion, it appears they hoped that they could have cleaned this up before it became public, but so far, the remediation has not been handled correctly.
If anything, they definitely made things worse by doing a controlled burn, and this will rapidly become a Superfund site being monitored over the next few decades. Here are the details:
- A cocktail of deadly chemicals — including highly toxic vinyl chloride and hydrogen chloride — spilled out after 50 cars on a Norfolk Southern Railroad train derailed en route to Pennsylvania;
- Vinyl chloride is highly toxic, flammable, and carcinogenic. It rapidly breaks down into hydrochloric acid, formaldehyde, and carbon dioxide;
- Hydrogen chloride rapidly dissolves in water – it doesn’t go away, but splits into H + Cl; fish and frogs cannot live in chlorinated water;
- The details are sketchy at the present, and this is a disservice to the people living near this spill, but reporters have been told to stay away, with one reporter arrested;
- Toxicity can spread as far as 200 miles downstream from something this toxic and can take decades to be remediated;
- Word initially came out that Norfolk Southern Railroad tried to remediate the spill themselves by digging trenches beside each train car, puncturing the containers, and starting a controlled burn by lighting fire to the highly toxic and explosive vinyl chloride and hydrogen chloride, which caused an amazingly HUGE toxic cloud; this story may change;
- It would have been much easier to contain the liquid in the train cars because if they, indeed, torched the cars, the toxins went into the air and will now become toxic rain and blow in the wind who knows how far away; if they had THIS idea to blow up the cars, it was a lunatic decision; the liquid would have been much easier to remove;
- Wild animals and house pets began dying within hours of the explosion, and residents around the spill were told to evacuate;
- Residents were told they could return after 3-days, but they came home to find dead animals everywhere, including chickens, fish, and wild birds;
- The EPA is now involved, but details are still being suppressed, albeit, more information is now coming out;
- No one should be kept in the dark about a toxic spill this aggressive.
Keep apprised of this disaster because many environmental engineers predict this to be a very dangerous event that can result in epidemic cancers over the next 20 years.
People were living right next to this toxic spill. Schools were in this area. Whether a neighborhood or farming fields were impacted, all soil, air and water will become toxic.
Obviously, Norfolk Southern Railroad is responsible for this clean-up, but it appears the government will take it on as a Superfund ASAP.
Here is a link to get you started researching this, but stay on top of this, and expect many details to not be available and hard to find mainstream at this time; residents are videoing this, and let’s hope they’re not arrested: https://nypost.com/2023/02/10/animals-sick-dying-near-east-palestine-ohio-train-crash/
Pray for the safety of all innocent life exposed to this dangerous situation – 2-legged and 4-legged.
Janet Starr Hull has a very diverse background with academic degrees and experience in geology, international geography, environmental science and toxicology, fitness training and holistic nutrition. She is an OSHA Certified Environmental Hazardous Waste Emergency Response Specialist and Toxicologist, a university professor, author and former firefighter.
Hull has addressed such distinguished audiences as members of the European Union and British Parliament, has granted over 1,000 radio and television interviews her book Sweet Poison, and has filmed numerous documentaries on the dangers of toxins to humans and wildlife. Her pioneering work has impacted millions of people worldwide.
Hull was one of the first Americans to remediate the former Soviet army bases in Eastern Europe after Glasnost in the late 1980s and early 1990s, her field experience cleaning up toxic waste enhances her research into the effects toxins have on human health and on global societies.
Hull publishes a monthly health newsletter, a health blog, and an Earth change-awareness blog educating readers on current social topics impacting societies worldwide. She has a readership over 100,000 subscribers.
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