joejoesox Posted February 17 Share Posted February 17 This is a massive ongoing story TL;DR Train derailed in eastern OH carrying highly highly toxic/carcinogenic chemicals that are confirmed to be spewing into the Ohio River https://www.ehn.org/amp/train-derailment-ohio-2659412710 In addition to vinyl chloride, the chemical released in large quantities and burned off that has been extensively covered by news reports, the letter states that four additional hazardous chemicals “either are known to have been and continue to be released to the air, surface soils and surface waters.” They include the following chemicals: Ethylhexyl acrylate, an eye, skin, and respiratory irritant that's toxic to aquatic life. Ethylene glycol monobutyl, a carcinogen that can be absorbed through the skin and cause liver and kidney damage. Butyl acrylate, an extremely flammable chemical that can burn skin and eyes and cause permanent lung damage. Isobutylene, a highly flammable compound that can irritate eyes, nose, and throat, and cause coma or death at high levels of exposure The letter notes that water sampling shows these chemicals in the Ohio River, which provides drinking water for more than five million people. It also states that the chemicals have been observed running into storm drains, and cites potential for soil contamination. Eastern Illinois is also possibly affected, so please use common sense and your best judgment when drinking tap/well water. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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