- Train Derailment Incident Hotline: 234-542-6474
- For odors, fumes, animals, health and other concerns
- “Taggert Toxicology”
- Family Assistance Center: 800-230-7049
- Residential Re-Entry Request Hotline/Home Inspection Team: 330-849-3919
- To request home air monitoring prior to re-entry/in-home air testing (for residences within the 1-mile evacuation zone, only).
- For other Ohio EPA-related citizen calls about the incident, please call Lisa Cochran at 614-644-2160.
Websites with daily updated information about the incident below:
Ohio River Water Sampling Locations:
What are the chemical exposures of concern?
Vinyl chloride is a flammable gas and if involved in a fire, it could break down into hydrogen chloride, phosgene, carbon dioxide, and carbon monoxide vapors when burned. The primary short-term risk of exposure for this incident is inhalation of these vapors. Continuous and roaming air monitoring for these chemicals, as well as particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10,) and volatile organic chemicals (VOCs), was conducted throughout the derailment incident. The monitors were positioned near the incident and several miles away to monitor chemicals of concern. Many of the air monitors were repositioned as necessary to ensure proper placement in reference to current and forecasted meteorological data.
Vinyl chloride is a colorless gas with a mild or sweet odor. It is flammable and burns easily. Vinyl chloride is also known as chloroethane, chloroethylene, and ethylene monochloride. Vinyl chloride decomposes on burning and produces toxic and corrosive vapors of hydrogen chloride and phosgene.
Hydrogen chloride at room temperature is a colorless to slightly yellow corrosive, non-flammable gas that is heavier than air. It has a strong irritating odor. On exposure to air, hydrogen chloride forms dense white corrosive vapors.
Phosgene is a colorless, nonflammable gas at room temperature that smells like freshly cut hay. When released into air, phosgene exists solely as gas that degrades slowly in the atmosphere. This slower degradation in air can result in long-range transport until it degrades in the air or is deposited in soil or water where it can degrade more rapidly.
Clear, colorless liquid with a strong, fruity odor.
Ethylene Glycol Monobutyl Ether Acetate
A colorless liquid with a fruity odor.
Appears as a clear colorless liquid with a pleasant odor. Less dense than water and insoluble in water. Vapors heavier than air.