Last Updated on February 15, 2023
A train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio on February 3rd caused a fire that lasted several days and resulted in the release of hazardous chemicals into the surrounding area.
Norfolk Southern Railroad and the Environmental Protection Agency have released a list of the chemicals carried by the train, including:
- Vinyl Chloride: A carcinogen linked to liver cancer, lymphoma, leukemia, brain cancer, and lung cancer. Exposure to the chemical is limited to one part per million during an eight-hour shift.
- Ethylene Glycol Monobutyl Ether: A highly combustible liquid used in the manufacture of paints and varnish. Ingestion or skin contact can cause headaches, nausea, vomiting, and dizziness.
- Isobutylene: A flammable gas that can induce dizziness, drowsiness, and unconsciousness when inhaled.
- Ethylhexyl Acrylate: A combustible liquid used in the manufacture of paints and plastics. The substance has been identified as a carcinogen in laboratory experiments.
- Unidentified train car: According to Norfolk Southern, the status of this car is currently unknown.
All residents within one mile of the derailment site were told to evacuate due to the risk of explosion but were permitted to return to their homes as of February 8.th 2023.
Government regulators continue monitoring the situation. These regulators have already expressed concern over the chemicals released from the derailment.