Following the trail derailment in East Palestine, Ohio that occurred on February 3rd, residents in the town and in the neighboring region have discovered nerve-racking signs of the potential harm that the hazardous chemicals that the train was carrying may be causing.
One woman, who lives 10 miles from where the train derailed and its chemicals burned, said she woke up and found her five hens and rooster dead, as reported by WKBN27.
“So I walked up to the cage and this is what I found,” she said, adding, “I’m beyond upset and quite panicked. They may be just chickens but they are family.”
“Amanda Breshears was going to feed her five hens and rooster this morning when she discovered them all lifeless,” said the WKBN27 reporter. “Practically in the same position with no signs of a predator entering their enclosure.”
“Breshears says her chickens were alive and well yesterday. She believes the smell following the detonation of the train carrying chemicals that derailed in East Palestine is to blame for her birds’ sudden death,” the reporter added.
“My video camera footage shows my chickens were perfectly fine before they started this burn and as soon as they started the burn, my chickens slowed down and died,” the woman continued, adding, “If it can do this to chickens in one night, imagine what it will do to us in 20 years.”
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A similar incident occurred over the weekend when Taylor Holzer, a fox keeper, found his foxes falling sick and behaving abnormally following the disaster. They have puffy faces, are not eating well, and are experiencing stomach issues and lethargy, as reported by the DC Enquirer. “This is not how a fox acts,” he said. “He is very weak, limp. His eyes are very watery and weepy.”
“People’s cats are getting sick and dying, and people’s other birds that they have in their house that they weren’t being able to evacuate either. It’s just it’s not safe for them,” said Holzer.
Documentation from the New Jersey Department of Health dating to the Paulsboro, New Jersey Derailment incident of 2012 lays out the hazards of vinyl chloride.
- “Vinyl chloride is a colorless gas. It has a mild, sweet odor. It is a manufactured substance that does not occur naturally. Vinyl chloride is used to make polyvinyl chloride (PVC). PVC is used to make a variety of plastic products, including pipes, wire and cable coatings, and packaging materials.”
- “When it is breathed in, vinyl chloride is absorbed through the lungs into your bloodstream and is circulated throughout the body. Once in the body, your liver changes it into several substances. Most of these new substances also travel in your blood; once they reach your kidneys, they leave your body in your urine. Most of the vinyl chloride and the new substances are gone from your body within a day after you breathe it in. However, some of the new substances react in the liver and, depending on how much vinyl chloride you breathe in, may produce damage there. “
Professor Kevin Crist, the director of Ohio University’s Air Quality Center told ABC News. “Breathe those in under heavy concentrations, and it’s really bad for you,” Crist advised. “It’s like an acid mist. It’s not something that you want to be around in high concentrations.”
As the animals around East Palestine continue to fall ill, it should be a warning sign to Ohio residents nearby that it is not yet safe to return to the area where hundreds of gallons of hazardous chemicals were burned with some of them contaminating the Ohio River. The federal government needs to utilize its resources and assist the people of the affected area before it is too late.
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