Fish And Animals Up To 20 Kilometres Distant From East Palestine Are Dying
According to a recent federal complaint, fish and other wildlife are perishing up to 20 miles distant from the location of an East Palestine chemical burn and railway wreck. A class-action lawsuit was filed on Thursday by the Sandusky, Ohio, legal firm Murray & Murray on behalf of three East Palestine residents, their family members, other locals living within two miles of the crash site, and property owners within a 100-mile radius. Since the derailment on February 3, at least seven lawsuits have been brought against Norfolk Southern.
Although it is estimated that 3,500 fish were killed across 7.5 miles of streams by the chemical spill, authorities have not yet confirmed any deaths of non-aquatic species linked to the derailment. The Columbiana County Humane Society informed the Herald-Star in Steubenville that reports of sick animals up to seven miles outside the evacuation zone are being compiled. The Ohio Emergency Management Agency also said that the Ohio Department of Agriculture analyzes tissue from a six-week-old beef calf that passed away on February 11 about two miles outside East Palestine.
The media relations department of Norfolk Southern stated via email that they are unable to comment on litigation:
Following further discussions with FEMA tonight, they will be deploying federal resources to East Palestine. pic.twitter.com/T8exeZBRXs
— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) February 18, 2023
According to the National Cancer Institute of the federal government, vinyl chloride, a gas used to manufacture hard plastic resin in plastic products and associated with an elevated risk of liver cancer and other diseases, was burned in numerous railway cars to prevent a potential explosion. According to officials, the controlled burning of vehicles containing the gas would release the deadly gases phosgene and hydrogen chloride into the atmosphere.
The most recent action, filed in the Northern District of Ohio of the U.S. District Court, alleges Norfolk Southern was careless in the conveyance of hazardous materials and how it handled the disaster. It also holds the business accountable for any losses and damages that arise.
It states that mass killings of wild animals and fish have been documented up to 20 kilometers from the derailment site. Plaintiffs and members of their class believe, with good reason, that the potential risks from the hazardous exposure are grossly downplayed and that their health has been exposed to harmful toxins and is still being exposed to them, even though mandatory evacuation orders have been lifted. Residents have been told it is safe to return to their homes.
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Vinyl chloride, butyl acrylate, Ethylhexyl acrylate, and ethylene glycol mono butyl ether are four harmful substances identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as having been released into the air, surface soils, and surface waters. According to a general notice of potential liability letter the EPA sent to Norfolk Southern on February 10, isobutylene was also present in the rail cars and tankers that were “derailed, ruptured and on fire.” According to a Norfolk Southern document that lists the train cars and their damage, the isobutylene tanker was not ruptured.
In samples taken from Sulphur Run, Leslie Run, Bull Creek, North Fork Little Beaver Creek, Little Beaver Creek, and the Ohio River, the EPA discovered pollutants from the derailment site. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiffs “are faced with the risk that the real and personal property they own may be destroyed beyond their lifetimes, is now worth far less, and might be or become unsaleable” because they had not returned to their houses by Thursday. Together with additional expenses and court costs, they ask for compensation for “economic and non-economic harms.”
Where Was The East Palestine Train Going?
According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the train was going between Madison, Illinois, and Conway, Pennsylvania. The train crew went on duty in Toledo, and passed through Cleveland before derailing in Columbiana County.
Where Was The Toxic Train Derailment In Ohio?
The February 3 derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, left toxic chemicals spilled or burned off, prompting evacuations and fears of contamination by wary residents distrustful of the state and federal response.
When Was The East Palestine Train Derailment?
On February 3, 2023, a freight train carrying vinyl chloride, butyl acrylate, Ethylhexyl acrylate, and ethylene glycol mono butyl ether derailed along the Norfolk Southern Railway in East Palestine, Ohio, United States.
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