(OPINION) The true horror of what just happened in East Palestine, Ohio is starting to become clear, but federal, state and local officials continue to insist that everything is just fine.
So even though local residents have been puking up blood and developing weird rashes on their skin, everyone is being told that it is perfectly safe to return to their homes and that it is perfectly safe to drink the water. This should make all of us extremely angry, because so many of these people are going to get sick and so many of them are going to die.
Look, the truth should be obvious to everyone at this stage. Even CNN is admitting that local residents “have developed rashes, sore throats, nausea and headaches after returning to their homes this week“…
Some residents of East Palestine, Ohio, say they have developed rashes, sore throats, nausea and headaches after returning to their homes this week, and they’re worried these new symptoms are related to chemicals released after a train derailment two weeks ago.
The February 3 incident caused a massive fire and prompted officials to evacuate hundreds of people who lived near the site because of fears that a hazardous, highly flammable material might ignite. To prevent a potentially deadly explosion, toxic vinyl chloride gas was vented and burned, releasing a plume of black smoke over the town for days.
Please note that these local residents did not develop these symptoms before they evacuated. According to CNN, these symptoms developed after they returned to their homes. And those local residents only returned to their homes because authorities told them that it was safe to do so.
When the decision was made to burn the vinyl chloride, officials knew that it would release enormous amounts of phosgene gas into the air… Burning vinyl chloride, as the railroad company ultimately did, turns it into hydrogen chloride and phosgene gas, the later of which was used as a weapon of mass slaughter in World War I.
Concerning the release, Silverado Caggiano, a hazardous materials specialist, told WKBN, “We basically nuked a town with chemicals so we could get a railroad open.”
The air, soil and water in much of eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania have been poisoned, and they will continue to remain poisoned for the foreseeable future.
But the CEO of Norfolk Southern insists that burning the vinyl chloride was the “right move”… Shaw claimed that the decision to destroy the five derailed train cars and release a column of black, toxic smoke into the air above the village on Feb. 6 was the right one — a claim he reiterated on Sunday, telling the DailyMail.com with a smile that it was the “right move.” According to the Norfolk Southern CEO, the “terrifying” plume of toxic smoke resulting from the “controlled release” signaled success.
If this was the “right move”, I would hate to see what the “wrong move” would have looked like. So many local residents have been developing really weird rashes lately. In fact, News Nation just interviewed one woman that developed multiple rashes on her body after showering in East Palestine water that is supposedly safe… (READ MORE)