East Palestine, Ohio “controlled” explosion and resulting toxic chemical mushroom cloud.
on February 3, 2023, a Norfolk Southern freight train carrying carcinogenic chemicals derailed in the small town of East Palestine in Ohio, sending plumes of dangerous gases into the atmosphere during a “controlled release” burn. The main chemical mentioned in the report, vinyl chloride, is used to make PVC. According to Cancer.gov, exposure to vinyl chloride is known to cause some cancers.
Gateway Pundit previously reported on additional chemicals that were released as part of the derailment and its effects on local wildlife so far. Fish and aquatic animals are dying in local creeks and rivers that feed into the Ohio River and ultimately the Mississippi River.
Chickens and pets are also dying in the area.
President Trump plans to visit the area next Wednesday.
The city of Cincinnati announced on Friday that they will stop drinking in the Ohio River after a chemical explosion upstream.
Out of an abundance of caution, @GCWW The Ohio River will stop taking and temporarily switch to water conservation. GCWW is monitoring the situation to keep your water safe. Learn more and see up-to-date water test results: https://t.co/YVgEQJCnac pic.twitter.com/1DZp4ZnFtS
— City of Cincinnati (@CityOfCincy) February 17, 2023
The city of Cincinnati announced Friday that it will shut off its Ohio River intake to prevent any potential contamination from the East Palestine, Ohio, train derailment earlier this month.
The city, in a statement, said it and the Greater Cincinnati Water Works (GCWW) are monitoring the Ohio River, one of the largest rivers in the United States, following a chemical spill in East Palestine. Earlier this week, an Ohio environmental official confirmed that a plume of the chemical was observed traveling down the Ohio River and, at the time, was located near Huntington, West Virginia.
“Out of an abundance of caution, GCWW will cease intake of the Ohio River prior to the expected arrival of the last detectable chemical concentration in the river,” the city’s statement said. When water consumption stops, the city will switch to its water reserves.
A day earlier, GCWW said in a statement that water sample tests showed “no detectable levels of chemicals” linked to the controlled burn that followed the derailment. The Environmental Protection Agency previously said the Norfolk Southern-operated train was carrying vinyl chloride, butyl acrylate, ethylene glycol monobutyl ether and ethyl hexyl acrylate.