This story was originally published by the WND News Center.
Another train carrying dangerous chemicals has wrecked.
The latest catastrophe struck outside of Detroit, where, according to the Post Millennial, one car in the train was carrying hazardous materials but so far shows no signs of leaking.
It happened in the Van Buren Township, and the report said the local fire department suggested there was no threat to the public at this time.
U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., said she and her team had been in touch with many authorities, including Supervisor Kevin McNamara.
“We are also in touch with the relevant federal authorities, including the EPA. At this time no one is aware of the release of any hazardous materials, the car carrying hazardous material has been put upright and is being removed from the area of the other derailed cars, and EPA is dispatching a team to ensure public safety. We will continue to monitor the situation very closely and remain in touch with federal, state, and local officials, and release additional information as it becomes available,” she said.
It was only about two weeks ago that another Norfolk Southern train derailed in East Palestine, Ohio. It had a number of cars with dangerous chemicals, and when fire erupted, officials decided to let a number of the loads burn, including vinyl chloride and other chemicals, rather than risk an explosion.
The plume of smoke was seen for miles, and animals and fish in the zone of the smoke cloud have been dying ever since.
The report said, “While residents that were evacuated have been able to return, they have raised concerns about the remaining chemicals in the air and water supply.”
It was the New York Times that promptly ridiculed concerns about the possibly lethal chemical residue left from the accident, titling a piece, “‘Chernobyl 2.0?’ Ohio train derailment spurs wild speculation.”
It admitted that the accident “filled the air and covered surface waters and soil with chemicals. Dead fish have floated in nearby creeks, and an unnerving aroma has lingered in the air.”
And, it conceded, “The Environmental Protection Agency and state officials have acknowledged that the situation in East Palestine, Ohio, is disastrous in many ways. After the train derailed on Feb. 3, a fire broke out and about 50 of the 150 cars were derailed or damaged. Fearing an explosion, officials ordered nearby residents to evacuate before conducting a controlled burn, which released a toxic plume of smoke for several hours that was visible for miles.”
But it complained that “many commentators from across the political spectrum, the speculation has gone far beyond known facts. Right-wing commentators have been particularly critical, using the crisis to sow distrust about government agencies and suggest that the damage could be irreparable.”
On social media, the Times charged, “commentators have called the situation the ‘largest environmental disaster in history’ or simply ‘Chernobyl 2.0,’ invoking the 1986 nuclear disaster. They warned, without evidence, that vital water reservoirs serving states downriver could be badly contaminated. And they suggested that the authorities, railroad companies and mainstream news media were purposefully obscuring the full toll of the crisis.”
Actually, WND reported about the original derailment that former Ohio fire chief Silveria Caggiano told Fox, “I was watching a video a couple of days after they detonated all of the tanker cars and there was this plume [of smoke] that went up .. and it stratified out at about 3,000 feet and then guy in Darlington, Pennsylvania, I believe, started showing pictures of this black stuff precipitating out of this dark cloud over his house.
“It reminds you of that nuclear winter stuff that you see when you watch these nuclear explosions… this really looks like a nuclear winter. We nuked this town with chemicals, and this is what they’re getting,” he explained.
The fire erupted when the Norfolk Southern train derailed at East Palestine, Ohio, a week ago, Feb. 7.
Evacuations of nearby residents immediately were ordered and the Environmental Protection Agency has warned that there have been animals nearby dying.
Among the chemicals that were found to be present by the EPA included ethylhexyl acrylate, isobutylene, and ethylene glycol monobutyl ether.
Also vinyl chloride, a chemical used to make PVC pipes and more, a product identified by the National Cancer Institute as being linked to cancers of the brain, lungs, blood, lymphatic system and liver.
The chemical burn happened “near the Ohio River which flows directly into the Mississippi River. Thousands of farms may be affected by this,” the report said. The Ohio River watershed is home to 25 million people and spans parts of 14 states.