Friday, February 17, 2023

The bill of (de)lading in East Palestine, OH

There is a lot of talk about the East Palestine incident. I don't have much to add. It is horrible, and it should not have happened, and we should prevent it from happening in the future. But I did read this New York Times article that actually states the volumes and identities of the released chemicals: 
  • Vinyl chloride: 5 cars, contents burned
  • Ethylene glycol monobutyl ether: one car, fate unknown
  • Butyl acrylate: one car, contents spilled
  • Ethylhexyl acrylate: one car, breached
  • Isobutylene: one car, derailed, not breached
Here's guessing that it's going to get more difficult to transport hazardous chemical by rail, and no one should be surprised when it happens. 


  1. I supplied a link in the comments to the local news reporting these chemicals days ago. I believe that article stated that isobutylene was breached or on fire though.

  2. NYT article is paywalled for me, but the full derail list is available from the EPA site:
    Luckily the two benzene tankers were empty rather than loaded


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