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  1. russ November 30, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    The article reports that thus far 18 people have experienced breathing problems, and have been taken to medical facilities.

    No kidding. I am rather surprised there hasn’t been some evacuation effort for as long as the tank cars are leaking.

    Hundreds of chemical substances get mention as being a “suspected”, or “possible”, or “probable” human carcinogen.

    Vinyl chloride is one of a relative few number of substances classified as a known human carcinogen.

    What makes vinyl chloride especially troublesome is that it is a known carcinogen by both the pathways of inhalation and ingestion.

    http://www.ecologycenter.org/iptf/toxicity/VCtoxicity.html

    And as the link points out, one of the products of combustion of vinyl chloride is phosgene, which is a handy nerve gas to have if you would like to, I don’t know, re-fight the Battle of the Somme or something.

    Like I say, I am surprised the article did not mention some sort of temporary evacuation effort.

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