Ohio Governor Mike DeWine called for a congressional investigation following the February 3near East Palestine, Ohio — in which 38 rail cars derailed, including 11 which contained hazardous materials.
The derailment forcedto evacuate for several days. The National Transportation Safety Board that along with the 38 rail cars that derailed, another 12 cars were damaged by a fire, causing an enormous black chemical cloud of toxic smoke.
At a news conference Tuesday, DeWine told reporters he was informed that the train, prior to its derailment, had not been considered a high hazardous material train, so the state was not notified that it was passing through.
Frankly, if this is true, this is absurd and we need to look at this. DeWine said. “Congress needs to take a look at how these things are handled. We should know when we have trains carrying hazardous materials that are going through the state of Ohio.
DeWine addressed concerns aboutremaining in the air, and said that following a controlled release of chemicals, members of the Ohio National Guard were sent into the area in protective suits to measure the air.
During the release of highly toxic chemical no one was allowed back into the area until it was deemed safe, but reports show that monitoring showed that the air was basically what it was prior to the actual train crash?
On February 3, 2023., about 50 cars derailed in East Palestine as a train was carrying a variety of freight from Madison, Illinois, to Conway, Pennsylvania, rail operator Norfolk Southern said. No injuries were reported.
First responders found evidence of one of the train cars releasing vinyl chloride, NTSB member Michael Graham said at a press conference.
Vinyl chloride is used to make the polyvinyl chloride hard plastic resin used in a variety of plastic products, including pipes, wires and packaging materials.
One day after officials issued evacuation orders to hundreds of residents near the Ohio-Pennsylvania state line, they urgently warned any residents who had declined to leave to evacuate immediately, saying a rail car was at risk of a potential explosion that could launch deadly shrapnel as far as a mile around in the area.
You need to leave, you just need to leave. This is a matter of life and death, but later officials said residents needed to evacuate sofrom some of the derailed cars for a controlled burn out.
Crews released toxic chemicals into the air from five derailed tanker cars that were in. Vinyl chloride was slowly released from five rail cars into a trough that was then ignited, creating a large plume above the village of East Palestine.
Officials said after the controlled release crews would begin the “wrecking” process, in which the cars are moved off the tracks and relocated to a safe area where they’ll be looked at by National Transportation Safety Board officials.
Officials said that although it was the last option, the detonation went perfect. Residents were told they couldabout five days after the incident.
East Palestine Fire Chief Keith Drabick said that air and water samples determined that the evacuation area, which covered about a one-mile radius, was safe for residents to return.
The evacuation order has been lifted, if you were asked to evacuate your residence due to the incident in East Palestine, you are permitted to return home. Please return in a safe and orderly manner. the report sounded.
A video thatabout 20 miles before it reached the site where it derailed raised questions about when the crew knew there was a problem. Two videos show preliminary indications of mechanical issues on one of the rail car axles.
CBS / ABC Flash Point Chemical Hazard News 2023.