Palestine Residents Report Headaches, Sore Throats, and Fear

Palestine Residents Report Headaches, Sore Throats, and Fear


EAST PALESTINE, OHIO — Residents of this small town near the Pennsylvania border are being assured the air and water are safe, even as they experience headaches, sore throats, and other worrisome symptoms in the wake of a  train derailment, chemical spill and massive “controlled burn” of dangerous toxins.Local and state authorities previously evacuated all residents within one mile of the Feb. 3 derailment and started the controlled burn of industrial chemicals on the vehicle to decrease the risk of an explosion, which could have sent shrapnel throughout the small town. Vinyl chloride, a carcinogen used to manufacture PVC, was emitted from five train cars last week in the form of massive plumes of dark smoke visible throughout eastern Ohio and western …

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