Officials tell them it’s safe to return
- About 50 cars, including 10 carrying hazardous materials, derailed in a fiery crash in East Palestine at about 9pm on Friday, February 3
- Some train cars were carrying hazardous chemicals and houses were evacuated while authorities carried out a ‘controlled release’
- But residents are suing Norfolk Southern and fear their health is still at risk
Residents evacuated from an Ohio village where a freight train derailed before huge clouds of toxic gasses were released in an explosion fear they could still be in danger nearly two weeks later, despite authorities telling them it’s safe to return home.
About 50 cars, including 10 carrying hazardous materials, derailed in a fiery crash in East Palestine at about 9pm on Friday, February 3.
Houses were evacuated after vinyl chloride was slowly released from five of those cars. Authorities then ignited the gases for a ‘controlled release’ of the highly flammable, toxic chemicals in a controlled environment, creating a dark plume of smoke.
Officials warned the controlled burn would send phosgene and hydrogen chloride into the air. Phosgene is a highly toxic, colorless gas with a strong odor that can cause vomiting and breathing trouble and was used as a weapon in World War I.
Despite the threat, safety officials insisted it is safe for residents who were evacuated to return to their homes just days later.
Sil Caggiano, a hazardous materials specialist and former fire department chief, said he was ‘surprised’ residents were allowed to return home so quickly before all of their homes were tested.
‘I would’ve far rather they did all the testing [first],’ he said. ‘There’s a lot of what ifs, and we’re going to be looking at this thing 5, 10, 15, 20 years down the line and wondering, ‘Gee, cancer clusters could pop up, you know, well water could go bad.’
He added: ‘We basically nuked a town with chemicals so we could get a railroad open.’
Several residents have opted to stay away from East Palestine over claims they haven’t been given sufficient information or safety assurances.
Some said a chemical smell still lingers in the area and claim they’ve had symptoms which include trouble breathing and burning eyes. Dead fish were spotted in waterways around the scene after the incident.
Four lawsuits have now been filed against the rail operator, Norfolk Southern, including one which alleges the derailment was caused by negligence. That suit is demanding medical monitoring and more, alleging that residents were subject to toxic fumes and substances.
Dramatic pictures and footage of the incident showed a huge fire after the derailment, which left railcars and debris strewn across the area.
Homes were evacuated and officials undertook the ‘controlled release’ of the vinyl chloride inside the rail cars on Monday, over fears it could explode.
When authorities burned the chemicals, a massive plume of black smoke was released over East Palestine. Residents were told they could return on Wednesday
James Justice, of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said a network of air station monitors inside and outside the evacuation zone was collecting samples and that none of their readings found anything to be concerned about.
‘We want to make sure that’s not going to change,’ he said.
Justice said the agency is still working with experts to determine safe levels for various gasses before reopening the evacuation zone. The incident response team did not specify what substances they are monitoring.
The gasses that experts suspect are in the area are heavier than air, which means they could be sitting in low-lying areas if not completely dissipated.
National Guard members wearing protective gear are taking readings inside homes, basements and businesses
Emergency Officials Responding to Two More Train Derailments – One in South Carolina, Another in Texas
Emergency responders on Monday responded to two more train derailments
At least one person is dead after a crash caused a train derailment at US 59 in Montgomery, Texas.
According to deputies, a truck collided with the train, causing it to derail, ABC 13 Houston reported.
On Monday afternoon there was another train derailment in Enoree, South Carolina.
“Officials are responding to a train derailment in Enoree on Monday afternoon.” Fox Carolina reported. “CSX Transportation are also on the scene.”
A severe train derailment in Ohio that happened on February 3rd is still a danger to residents near the crash site.
“About 50 cars, including 10 carrying hazardous materials, derailed in a fiery crash on Feb. 3 in East Palestine, Ohio. Vinyl chloride was later released into the air from five of those cars before crews ignited it to get rid of the highly flammable, toxic chemicals in a controlled environment, creating a dark plume of smoke.” WBNS reported.
Residents from neighborhoods near the crash site have been evacuated because of the toxic fumes.
Meanwhile, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is complaining about too many white men who work construction jobs.
REPORT: 30 Million People May be in Danger by East Palestine Disaster
10% of the U.S. population, over 30 MILLION PEOPLE, live in the Ohio River Basin
30 million people, or 10% of the United States population, may be in danger after a train derailed in East Palestine, Ohio that led to the release of toxic chemicals.
“We basically nuked a town with chemicals so we could get a railroad open,” said Sil Caggiano, a hazardous materials specialist.
As public officials try to calm the public, animals are falling sick and dying.
“Out of nowhere, he just started coughing really hard, just shut down, and he had liquid diarrhea and just went very fast,” said resident Taylor Holzer while he explained the mortally ill confition of his foxes.
“Smoke and chemicals from the train, that’s the only thing that can cause it, because it doesn’t just happen out of nowhere,” Holzer said. “The chemicals that we’re being told are safe in the air, that’s definitely not safe for the animals … or people.”
According to a new report, the situation may become much more widespread through the Ohio River Basin.
As noted by Stew Peters, 10% of the United States population may be in trouble.
“10% of the U.S. population, over 30 MILLION PEOPLE, live in the Ohio River Basin!” he tweeted. “The Ohio River itself provides drinking water to over 5 MILLION PEOPLE!”
According to Upward News, the dangerous chemicals are making their way as far as West Virginia through the Ohio River.
“Toxic chemicals from the train derailment & explosion in East Palestine have reportedly “contaminated” the Ohio River as far as West Virginia, a water source for over 5 million,” they reported. ”
“The Ohio River is one of the nation’s great natural resources. Over 30 million people, or about ten percent of the U.S. population, live in the Ohio River Basin. With numerous public drinking water intakes and industries, the river provides drinking water to +5,000,000 people.”
See the map of potentially impacted states below.
As noted by DC Draino on Twitter, the toxic acid rain cloud has a 200 mile radius however people are only being evacuated in a 1 mile radius from the crash site.
“They only evacuated people in a **1 mile** radius of the Ohio train crash site,” he tweeted. “The toxic acid rain cloud has a 200 mile radius (that we know of). Now you know why the media won’t talk about this disaster.”