What To Know About The Train Derailment In East Palestine?

What To Know About The Train Derailment In East Palestine?

- What To Know About The Train Derailment In East Palestine?
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The Ohio train derailment  spewed  boiling gas, prompting authorities to later burn vinyl chloride in five tank wagons in an attempt to dispose of the toxic chemical in a controlled environment, causing a water service in as far  as West Virginia must take  precautions when health concerns mount. 


West Virginia American Water on Sunday said  it was improving its water treatment process as a precaution after a train carrying chemicals derailed, then sent  a plume of toxic gas to East Palestine, Ohio,  near the border. border with Pennsylvania. The water service will also  install a secondary inlet on the Guyandotte River in case a changeover is required. 


The utility noted that there was no change in raw water when taken from the Ohio River. "The health and safety of our customers is a top priority and  no drinking water advice is currently available to customers," the company said in a statement.


In an interview Sunday, East Palestine Mayor Trent Conaway told WFMJ that all incendiary chemicals had been completely extinguished, but a "large-scale clean-up project" continued. with the appearance of tank trucks and mobile tank trucks. He said officials from the US Environmental Protection Agency and Ohio are monitoring the situation on a daily basis. 


"The reason for not holding a press conference is that progress is slow at the moment.We're trying to be frank with people," Conaway said. "I think it's going to take a  long time to get over this." 


"That worries me, but people also need to be aware. We have a closed water system. Therefore, the current village's water supply system in  East Palestine is 100% safe," the mayor said."We're getting the same numbers as the two Thursdays  before the accident, it's the same numbers. Our  field of wells is  west of where the accident happened and the creek where the water goes down. " 


About 50 wagons, including 10 wagons carrying hazardous materials, derailed on February 3 in the  village of Ohio in eastern Palestine. No one was injured in the derailment, which investigators believe was caused by a broken wheel hub.


Three days after the accident, authorities decided to release and burn vinyl chloride inside five tank trucks, sending hydrogen chloride and the toxic gas phosgene into the air. The move is intended to remove hazardous and flammable chemicals in a controlled environment and create a  plume of black smoke.

Environmental officials are monitoring air and water in the surrounding area, saying air quality is safe so far and drinking water supplies are unaffected. However, some residents have complained of headaches and nausea since the derailment.

WKBN said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wrote to railroad operator Norfolk Southern that three of his other chemicals (ethylene glycol monobutyl ether, ethylhexyl acrylate, and isobutylene) were also derailed, damaged, and/or caught fire from vehicles. Reported to have been found.

According to the outlet, ethylhexyl acrylate is a carcinogen and can cause burns and irritation to skin and eyes on contact.Inhaling the chemical can irritate the nose and throat and cause coughing and shortness of breath. there is. 

On the other hand, inhaling isobutylene can cause dizziness and lightheadedness.

City Hall, located in the East Palestine High School auditorium, is planned Wednesday to address the concerns of local residents.

In an interview with News Nation, environmental activist Erin Brockovich said community members should document what is happening to their health and take videos of wildlife and dying fish. 

A federal lawsuit, filed Thursday by two Pennsylvania residents, charges Norfolk Southern with the costs of medical examinations and related care for people living within a 30-mile radius of the derailment, and the toxic substances later released. 


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