Ohio Train Derailment
For this town, this is a Pearl Harbor, or a 9/11 - Ben Ratner
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Ohio train derailment: How dangerous are the chemicals?
While some cars held more innocuous substances, including malt liquors, semolina and frozen vegetables, about 11 of them were carrying chemicals with potentially toxic effects. Some of those containers leaked or burned during the accident.
Some of the chemicals onboard that have caused concern are vinyl chloride, butyl acrylate, benzene, ethyl hexyl acrylate and ethylene glycol monobutyl ether. Vinyl chloride and butyl acrylate were the primary two chemicals released in the incident...
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The scene in East Palestine is reminiscent of Flint, where the authorities offered shifting narratives and thin assurances to low-income families who had few options but to stay and hope. There, as in East Palestine, pallets of bottled water were stacked onto porches as neighbors exchanged advice about how to safely brush their teeth and bathe their children.
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“I am concerned that the area has been deemed safe so quickly without extensive data to show the risk has been reduced,” said Dr. Michael Koehler, member of the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Chemical Safety. “As long as safety concerns remain, it is hard to understand how they authorized residents to return.”
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Of particular concern is the vinyl chloride, which was loaded on five cars — a carcinogen that becomes a gas at room temperature. It it commonly used to make polyvinyl chloride or PVC, which is a kind of plastic used for pipes, wire and cable coatings and car parts.
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Some people are already calling it the largest environmental disaster in the USA in recent times. As per reports, the burning of vinyl chloride and other chemicals has released toxic hydrogen chloride and phosgene into the air.
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For East Palestine residents John and Lisa Hamner, life as they knew it came to a screeching, flaming halt at 8:55 pm on 3 February.
Ohio Train Derailment: What is vinyl chloride?
Vinyl chloride is also called chloroethene, chloroethylene, and ethylene monochloride. What is vinyl chloride used for? Vinyl chloride is primarily used to make polyvinyl chloride, which Cancer.gov says is a hard resin used to make plastic products like pipes, packaging materials, wire and cable coatings. It is produced as a combustion product in tobacco smoke as well...
The health risks for Ohioans after derailment of train with toxic chemicals
According to the CDC, some vinyl chloride can dissolve in water, and it can migrate to groundwater or spread through the breakdown of other chemicals. Unlike some other chemicals, such as compounds known as polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, vinyl chloride is unlikely to build up in the plants or animals that people eat.
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What Is Vinyl Chloride, The Chemical That Caused Ohio’s Immense Explosion?
Vinyl chloride is stored and transported under pressure to liquefy it. Although transportation devices are designed to be impact and heat-resistant, these measures failed in this case. On release, mono vinyl chloride forms a cloud with a density around twice that of air, keeping it low to the ground and hindering dispersal. It will explode at ordinary temperatures over a wide range of concentrations in air. When it burns, one of the products is hydrogen chloride, which can react with water vapor in the atmosphere to produce acid rain.
Ohio train derailment: How dangerous are the chemicals?
Here's what we know about the chemicals on the train, their uses, and their potential impacts on people and the environment.
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