(Natural News) A total of six chemicals had been unleashed into the air, ground and nearby water following the Feb. 3 Ohio train crash. These include two that are linked to cancer and other substances that can cause convulsions and vomiting.
The train company Norfolk Southern released a fact sheet that listed the chemicals on board the train as vinyl chloride, butyl acrylate, benzene residue and other combustible liquids. However, authorities also found on board equally dangerous chemicals like ethylene glycol monobutyl ether, ethylhexyl acrylate and isobutylene.
Vinyl chloride, a colorless manmade gas that burns easily, is mainly used to make polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is associated with a higher risk of a rare form of liver cancer (hepatic angiosarcoma), as well as primary liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma), brain and lung cancers, lymphoma and leukemia.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) lists vinyl chloride as carcinogenic to humans and most likely enters the body by breathing it in and ingesting contaminated drinking water. People can be overexposed to it without being aware it is even in the air and sustained exposure can lead to death, due to the central nervous system shutting down.
Another deadly industrial chemical found in two of the derailed cars was benzene residue, a colorless or pale yellow liquid with a sweet scent that burns and evaporates into the air rapidly and is used to make plastics, nylon and some types of lubricants, drugs and pesticides.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), eating food or drinking water that is contaminated with benzene can lead to sleepiness, vomiting and convulsions within minutes to several hours. It can also cause death at very high levels.
They also found ethylene glycol monobutyl ether, a liquid used in paint strippers that can cause vomiting. The most common route of exposure is through breathing in the vapor or touching the liquid. The vapor can cause the skin to dry and crack, irritation to the nose and eyes, headaches, a metallic taste and vomiting.
The other three toxins found are: ethylhexyl acrylate, a see-through liquid, used to make paint, glue, leather finishes and coatings for the paper that causes drowsiness; butyl acrylate, another colorless liquid used in paints, coatings, sealants and glues that can cause the skin to ooze; and isobutylene, a sweet-smelling gas that can kill at high concentrations
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine blasted Ohio Public Utilities Commission after it claimed the toxic train was not hazardous despite the accident devastating the local area. There have been reports of people falling sick and animals dying in the weeks since the derailment. (Related: Government, mainstream media trying to downplay Ohio derailment and chemical spill.)
Norfolk Southern skips meeting with East Palestine residents
Norfolk Southern backed out of the open-house meeting that was meant to ease fears about the toxic chemical spill. Its representatives cited security concerns as the reason why the company pulled out.
Immediately before the event, East Palestine Mayor Trent Conaway told reporters that his residents wouldn’t get an opportunity to question the rail company, which only escalated tensions and heightened the anger of the residents.
“Norfolk Southern didn’t show up. They didn’t feel it was safe,” Conaway said, eliciting shouts and boos from the crowd. “I’m just as frustrated as you are … I’m trying to get answers. I cannot force them to be here.”
In a statement, the company said it had become “increasingly concerned about the growing physical threat” to its employees because of the likelihood of “outside parties” participating.
“They have something to hide. You don’t back out of questions if you know how to answer them,” East Palestine resident Jaime Cozza said. “It was like a bomb went through our town.”
Long-time resident Chris Wallace, who has not been able to return to his house near a local creek, told the BBC that many townspeople had long been concerned about the speeds at which trains went through East Palestine, as well as the potential dangers of exhausted staff.
“They should be here answering questions,” Wallace said. “They’ve got a lot to hide. They don’t want us to know anything. They bombed us.”
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