With ONE train wreck, the source of water for MOST of America’s agricultural products is contaminated. It would be hard to argue that this doesn’t look like environmental/political terrorism.
It would seem that the authorities chose the WORST way of dealing with carloads of toxic chemicals.
They decided to set the cargo ablaze, thereby releasing carcinogenic chemicals into the atmosphere.
This story is of immediate concern to me – I have both family and friends living in the pathway of the westerly winds, including my eldest daughter, in Coraopolis, PA (just south and east of the train wreck).
The thing is, many of the fire departments along train routes are mostly volunteer. Their training ends up being what the town or city council can manage to find money for. With hazardous materials traveling via truck and rail, this is a disaster waiting to happen.
Perhaps one way to handle this is to set up a coalition: medical personnel, chemistry teachers, and firefighters, to educate the firefighters and other emergency workers, and protect both them, and the surrounding communities from harm. Set up an online course, with ongoing CEUs, to increase their ability to identify hazards and reduce contamination.