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At Paulsboro, New Jersey, the site of the 2.2-square mile town had a vinyl chloride chemical spill train derailment meeting that turned ugly and uninformative.  A line wrapped around the Nehaunsey Middle School 30 minutes before the doors opened with hundreds of aggravated and irate residents with questions that were not answered it was reported.  It is day six of this evacuation period. Approximately 600 to 800 gallons of the chemical remained in the breached 84-car freight Conrail train  tanker.

Tennile Blake said,

My son has been coughing like crazy since this happened. I’ve been lightheaded, dizzy.”

Samuel Davis declared,

They just tell us to come here, and you come here, and its pure nonsense. It’s disorganized.”

Treva Oster also said,

We’re not going to get the proper answers that we need.”

Other residents questioned,

We’re wondering why those people who are so far away have been evacuated and we have not?” “It’s not like God put up a shield.”  Another person said,“It’s upsetting. I want to know about the air quality.” A Mother said, “The kids are off from school, and they want to go back.”

Lawrence Ragonese, N.J. Department of Environmental Protection replied,

Right now the public health is good. They are in good shape; the air levels and the samples are very low.”

The livid crowd shouted,

It’s a lie!, tell us the truth!” “It’s worse than what he’s saying,”  “Go home tomorrow morning and listen for a bird to chirp. You won’t hear it!”

Kathleen Moore from the U.S. Coast Guard stated,

We are in very good shape right now. We are moving ahead in removing the product from the tank car.”

I would like to know Governor Chris Christie opinion of this situation? He has remained silent but was so vocal during Hurricane Sandy.

Anyone with questions about evacuations or assistance is asked to call 1-800-230-7049

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In Paulsboro, New Jersey, derailed tanker cars leaked chemical train of vinyl chloride to be mixed with acetone. 

Capt. Kathy Moore, the Coast Guard incident commander said,

We are working as safely and quickly as possible to move through the progression of this cleanup and get the Paulsboro community back to normal, More than 200 technical experts and responders are working on the incident and we’re assembling the specialized equipment and resources we need to complete operations.”

Paulsboro, New Jersey bridge was adjusted day before train derailed causing vinyl chloride gas to be release into air at residential neighborhood.

Human error, automation, aging bridge blamed for Paulsboro derailment

NTSB: Railroad bridge that collapsed was inspected in November

Paulsboro, New Jersey: Focus of Environmental Concerns

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Paulsboro, New Jersey, shelter in place order was issued to residents have been advised, by way of Reverse 911 due to higher than normal levels of vinyl chloride leaked in air, air quality from the train derailment Friday, December 3, 2012.

UPDATE Shelter In Place Order Lifted In Paulsboro, New Jersey

The Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is also being delayed in issuing using a statement with the cause of the accident but are still conducting interviews.

US Coast Guard captain Kathy Moore repeated,

When we began to detect these heightened levels, we pulled the responders, we pulled out work crews, and we pulled local officials away from the derailment site.”

NTSB Chairperson Deborah A.P. Hersman said,

The first concern is evacuating the hazardous materials and making sure it’s safe to enter (the area).”

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The Paulsboro, New Jersey freight train derailment and chemical spill of vinyl chloride clean-up in Mantua Creek is delayed by heavy morning fog, December 2, 2012.

The Mantua Creek is a a tributary to the Delaware River. Could it be a threat to Philly’s Drinking Water?

According to National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) chairwoman Debrorah Hersman, the conductor of the train that derailed Friday morning in Paulsboro, first came upon a red light before crossing the bridge.

The American Red Cross is assisting displaced people. Additional residents living within a 12-block radius of the accident scene were moved from their homes as a precautionary measure in the face of residual levels of vinyl chloride, a toxic, colorless and flammable gas that causes irritation, headache, shortness of breath and dizziness. in the air. In extremely high concentrations, the gas can cause death.

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In Paulsboro, New Jersey, vinyl chloride exposed, a bridge collapses, four railroad freight trains derails into the Mantua Creek near the Delaware River around 7:00 a.m. Friday. Also Barack Obama lands in Philadelphia International Airport across the river from the spill.

Vinyl chloride is a Group A human carcinogen. It is also a is a colorless flammable gas a manufactured substance that evaporates very quickly and easily ignited.When breathing vinyl chloride at high levels for even short periods of time, people can experience ill effects including dizziness, sleepiness, and even unconsciousness.  Exposure to extremely high levels can cause death. Breathing vinyl chloride for long periods of time can result in permanent liver damage, immune reactions, nerve damage, and liver cancer.

This is the same bridge that collapsed in August 2009 as a 50-car coal train passed over it, spilling 16 cars into the water.

Coast Guard Evacuating Half-Mile Area Around Derailment

LINK: Red Cross info on Shelter-In-Place order

President Barack Obama is visiting Hatfield, Pennsylvania to visit a small business. Obama wants to use it as an example of the types of companies he says will be hurt if lawmakers don’t stop the series of tax increases and spending cuts from going into effect Jan. 1.

Can the gas travel over the Delaware River to the Phila. airport and cause respiratory problems?

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