Smith: East Palestine – America’s Chernobyl

…DON’T want to be!

The East Palestine train derailment is a real clusterfuck, one hundred percent and seven ways from Sunday, and the nation will see severe repercussions from this event for decades to come, unless I miss my bet.

It’s unfathomable that they didn’t immediately evacuate the entire town as soon as the containers were known to be leaking, given the hazardous nature of what was contained in several of the tanks. The manifest was readily known to railroad and government officials, which makes it unconscionable that they didn’t do more, that they were incapable of doing more due to their own miserable lack of talent and knowledge in their chosen professions, or for more designing reasons. ~ J.O.S.

America’s Ecological Disaster In East Palestine

There may not have been any nuclear fallout material involved, but the train derailment and the subsequent chemical spill on February 3rd 2023 and the chemical burn three days later that sent a toxic plume over a two-hundred mile radius of East Palestine, Ohio will have severe and extreme repercussions for decades into the future, followed by many illnesses and deaths as a result of this ecological disaster. This is the worst ecological and environmental disasters in U.S. history, and it is tantamount and akin to something that could be called America’s Chernobyl, having a marked effect on the entire Ohio River Basin and thirty million people.

One should not be surprised by this event, since train derailments are an all too common occurrence, and with Joe Biden’s ill-informed aversion to constructing more pipelines to transport oil or anything else of importance to America, we can expect to see many more events in the future.

One should note that there were two other derailments within the last week, one in Slendora, TX and one in Enoree, SC with each train carrying hazardous chemicals, and it’s hard not to wonder how much of this is the result of all the railroad companies still insisting on using a braking system that hasn’t been modified or improve upon since 1868. Look at this, and the 2013 study by the Manhattan Institute takes on more significance, since it proved that the significant overwhelming number of toxic spills occurred with road and rail containers rather than pipelines.

According to the February 5th article by The Wall Street Journal:

“Fifty cars on the Norfolk Southern Corp train derailed Friday night about 9 p.m., causing a chemical fire. The National Transportation Safety Board said the eastbound train included 141 load cars, nine empty cars and three locomotives. It departed Madison, Illinois and was headed to Conway, Pennsylvania, when it derailed.

Mr. Conaway and Fire Chief Keith Drabick said emergency-response officials are aware of 14 cars carrying vinyl chloride, a colorless gas that can easily burn and is used to make polyvinyl Chloride hard plastic resin. Because of the smoldering fire, emergency responders haven’t been able to access the derailed cars.”

The next day “experts” decided to do a much larger “controlled burn” to keep the toxic chemical from reaching tributaries to the Ohio River that is only fifteen miles away.

RELATED: What we know about the ‘toxic soup’ of chemicals released in Ohio train derailment: TWO are linked to cancer while others cause convulsions and vomiting

Each of the fourteen holding tanks carried approximately 30,000 gallons of vinly chloride, a carcinogen, which is equal to approximately half a million gallons or over 500 tons of one of the most toxic chemicals imaginable, and this is pouring out into the surrounding earth, seeping and leeching into the ground for miles, or being burned. The controlled burn has resulted in a toxic plume of phosgene, dioxins and airborne hydrochloric acid that currently covers Toronto, Canada, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Detroit as well, and for the past week, the fallout has been raining down over some of the most fertile farmland in the United States, killing chickens, dogs, cats and thousands of fish.

Just think. In Ohio alone there are some 75,000 farms, most of which are family owned and operated.

A black plume and fireball rise over East Palestine, Ohio, as a result of a controlled detonation of a portion of the derailed Norfolk and Southern trains Monday, Feb. 6, 2023. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

This is a Toxic Chemical Incident that was initially followed by the sound of crickets and barely a whisper from the mainstream media, although Fox news is now covering it with some great degree and intensity.

This catastrophic ecological disaster can be expected to have an untold impact on our food supply chain, since the affected area takes in all those counties and states along the Ohio River and the Mississippi River too, since the Ohio River drains into the Mississippi River. The affected area holds ten percent of the U.S. population and includes the cities of Indianapolis, IN., Cincinnati, OH., Louisville, KY., and Memphis, TN, and one must also note that the Ohio River alone provides drinking water to over five million people.

There were several other toxic chemicals released into the air and soil in the aftermath of the East Palestine train derailment, according to data released by Norfolk Southern. Aside from vinyl chloride, the spilled substances included ethylene glycol monobutyl ether, ethylhexyl acrylate and isobutylen.

Ethylhexyl acrylate is a carcinogen, a cancer-causing agent. And any exposure to ethylene glycol monobutyl ether comes with a variety of ailments, from nervous system depression to headaches and vomiting and hematuria — blood in the urine.

And now, the same federal government that attempted to force all of us to wear masks outside over the past two years says chemical spills and explosions in our communities are just a part of everyday life, Joe Biden’s “new normal” with Pete Buttigieg at the helm of the Department of Transportation.

The EPA is telling the people it’s safe for them to return home, due to recent tests they’ve conducted in homes, the air and with the drinking water in surrounding wells, despite all the dead chickens, foxes and other warm-blooded mammals and thousands of fish. But tests taken days after such an incident don’t take into consideration or allow for the fact that in many instances it takes several weeks for chemicals to travel through the soil and into the ground water. The EPA’s own data reveals how today’s “safe water” may not be safe several days or weeks from now, depending on how fast the toxic chemicals travel through the soil and in what quantity.

In the same manner our federal government has tried to convince us that there wasn’t any danger from Agent Orange, burn pits, the air at Ground Zero on 9/11 or the Covid-19 “vaccine” over the years, they now expect us to take their word at face value that the air and water around East Palestine are safe.

Taylor Holzer, a local farmer who also works with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources as a registered fox keeper, noted the fatal effects on the many foxes on his farm, from the air quality in the surrounding area, and he told WKBN 27 News:

“Out of nowhere, he [a fox] just started coughing really hard, just shut down. … He is very weak, limp. His eyes are very watery and weepy. Smoke and chemicals from the train, that’s the only thing that can cause it, because it doesn’t just happen out of nowhere. The chemicals that we’re being told are safe in the air, that’s definitely not safe for the animals ….. or people.”

On Wednesday, February 8th, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice explained that officials in Weirton, West Virginia had temporarily switched to an alternate water supply as a precaution, due to the chemical leak into the Ohio River.

On February 6th, Norfolk Southern donated a paltry $25,000 to the City of East Palestine to help the 4700 residents of the town in the aftermath of this disaster. This doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of the cost of the harm and damage done to lives and property and they know it, which speaks to their contemptuous and callous attitude over the entire disaster, as they go into cover-up mode and attempt to mitigate their liabilities as best they can.

This from a company that paid executives millions and spent billions on stock buybacks, as it simultaneously reduced its workforce by the thousands despite the warnings that understaffing would intensify safety risks. Norfolk Southern top executives fought off a shareholder initiative that would have required company executives to “assess, review, and mitigate risks of hazardous material transportation.”

They’re trying to get off light. If they’re willing to initially offer $25,000 to the city, one can bet their bottom dollar that they’ve already calculated this disaster could eventually run upwards of a billion of dollars or more before all is said and done.

How long does anyone think it will be before we see Norfolk Southern agents in suits traveling the Ohio River Basin Area writing out sizeable checks to the people harmed by this catastrophe?

They better be sure to read the fine print and not settle for a sum that will be far below any real compensation for when their loved ones fall sick and the water finally reveals the depths of the contamination that could not properly be predicted in a matter of a few short days.

Shortly after the Ohio Emergency Mangement Agency said it was deactivating its Joint Information Center, millions of Americans were still questioning the safety of the water for themselves and their pets and livestock, as they also exclaimed that they’ve never doubted their local media and officials to such a high degree as now, suggesting that everyone in positions of authority are far too willing to pretend that everything is alright, just A-O.K., unless the Feds step in.

It also makes one question why the Ohio National Guard by way of Major General John Harris Jr. and the Ohio State Highway Patrol saw fit to trample on the freedom of the press rights of Evan Lambert, a reporter for NewsNation. It seems that any attempt to get at the truth of a matter these days is unacceptable to the fascists and petty dictators of the land. There’s the “acceptable media” who push the government narrative and the real media who only accept the truth.

Joe Biden’s regime declared a national emergency over monkey-pox, the queer community generated disease. And what? This doesn’t rise to the level of a national emergency?

One would expect to see Al Gore out somewhere frothing at the mouth, red-faced and screaming at the top of his lungs over this, as Mayor Pete is nowhere to be found and seeming to be in hiding, even though he’s literally the man in charge of the railroad system.

Sil Caggiano, a local hazardous materials specialist, told WKBN-TV:

“We basically nuked a town with chemicals so we could get a railroad open. I was surprised when they quickly told the people they can go back home, but then said if they feel like they want their homes tested they can have them tested. I would have far rather they did all the testing. ….. There’s a lot of what ifs, and we’re going to be looking at this thing 5, 10, 15, 20 years down the line and wondering, ‘Gee, cancer clusters could pop up, you know, well water could go bad’.”

Dioxins result whenever chlorinated organics like vinyl chloride are burned and they are degraded in the environment very slowly, with a half-life of 25 to 100 years in the soil, depending on how concentrated their molecules are. They cause cancers and harm to reproduction organs and our immune systems and hormones.

When vinyl chloride is burned, it becomes hydrogen chloride that easily combines with water to create hydrochloric acid, and phosgene gas is a deadly gas whose use in war is considered a war crime. Hydrogen chloride is equally deadly and according to the Encyclopedia Brittanica:

“Exposure to 0.1 percent by volume hydrogen chloride gas in the atmosphere may cause death in a few minutes. Concentrated hydrochloric acid causes burns and inflammation of the skin.”

Now just imagine inhaling the fumes, no matter how diluted by the surrounding air.

But officials from the Biden regime and the State of Ohio simply said, “Just throw a match on it, and we’ll call it safe.”

Ask the question, “Is my drinking water safe” at the Norfolk Southern’s official website and one is answered with:

“Due to the location of the derailment, it is improbable that substances from the derailment will impact the groundwater or drinking wells in the area.”

How weasely one must be to use the word “improbable” in association with so serious a concern. If they’d desired to instill confidence, the right answer would have been that they’ve installed equipment to permanently test wells with results posted online in real time. Better yet, top executives need to go to East Palestine and drink the local water on camera, televised by the local news outlet.

Curiously, there was a movie called ‘White Noise‘ that was released in August of 2022, that detailed a very similar disaster. It was actually shot and filmed in East Palestine, with many of its residents playing in it as extras, and it is almost as though this was some sort of Event 201 training exercise for what we see today in the very same town. Coincidence?

One would almost have to accept that the so-called “elite” corporatists and embedded government bureaucrats – also sometimes referred to as “the Deep State” – really are trying to kill us all and reduce our numbers to something much more manageable for their globalist new world order agenda, except for the fact that they won’t be able to escape the repercussions and consequences of destroying our ecosystems any more than the rest of us. Or perhaps they’re willing to burn an entire region of the country into ashes in order to reign supreme in totalitarian fashion over what remains.

East Palestine is a symbol and symptomatic of all that is wrong in America today. This isn’t a thing anyone would ever expect to see in a supposedly modern nation, or the most powerful nation in the world. It’s more akin to something one has come to expect from backwater countries like Cambodia or Bolivia and Guatemala. However, as witnessed during the so-called “pandemic”, it’s become more than apparent that our institutions and agencies have been captured by corporatists and they’re being operated by incompetent, unqualified political hacks who have trouble pouring piss from a boot with directions written on the heel.

RELATED: ANOTHER Norfolk Southern train carrying hazardous chemicals CRASHES near Detroit – just one week after derailment caused toxic spill in East Palestine 

Under the incompetence of the Biden regime, all of America is headed down the wrong track, and if he succeeds in overwhelming and wrecking our entire system, the disaster to follow will make East Palestine look like a picnic in the park. Let’s not forget the Biden regime’s part in this current disaster through the eradication or blocking of numerous new pipeline projects across the country that could have been used for the specific purpose of delivering large quantities of hazardous chemicals to their destinations. And in part, this derailment can also be blamed on the vaccine layoffs and over-stressed supply chains that resulted from the Biden regime’s policies, attributable to an overpaid, fat, worthless public health “expert” class.

There have been far too many disastrous “incidents” all across America, surrounding attacks on our infrastructure and food supply, that are explained in an extremely unsatisfactory manner, or they are unexplained and unsolved. Just look at the data revealing scores of fires at food processing facilities, and even airplanes crashing into food processing plants and warehouses, and take this information in conjunction with the so-called avian flu outbreaks that resulted in hundreds of thousands of chickens being intentionally destroyed. Add to this, hens not laying eggs due to bad feed from Purina, power stations purposefully targeted for sabotage, and much more, and it all adds up to much more than a series of coincidences, and the addition of this new crisis at East Palestine only works to accelerate the destruction of America, intentionally or not.

It’s far past time for all Americans to start asking serious questions and demanding real answers. And for any and all who love their family and this country is past time to act in an extremely forceful manner to get America back on the right track and out of the hands of corrupt politicians who could care less if entire cities are wiped out in the future, so long as their bribes and graft keep arriving each week.

Once again, this is an ecological and environmental disaster unseen in America in recent memory, and regardless of how hard they try to rewrite history in real time and hide the horror of what is actually unfolding in East Palestine, the magnitude of this story will ensure that the truth will not be buried or swept under the rug for long. The widespread devastation of this disaster and the horror engulfing this small city in the heart of America is impossible to ignore, and as the story continues to unfold, light is shining on the numerous acts of negligence and incompetence originating with state and federal agencies who are responsible for emergency responses to such disasters, highlighting the manner in which years of continued unaccountability enabled the continued malfeasance and the status quo that allowed them to fail America in too many instances and on too many occasions, over and over again.

Failure is no longer an option. We must demand the appointment of America’s best and brightest and most loyal in any and all areas that pertain to American safety and security, whether we speak of the transport of dangerous hazardous materials or border security focused on illegal aliens and foreign enemies entering our sovereign airspace.

I hope this strikes a chord with Americans everywhere, and I also hope it alerts Americans across the Ohio River Basin Region to stay vigilant and demand regular tests and updates on air and water quality near their homes. People should also take it upon themselves to regularly test their water, whether it’s coming from the tap and local water purification pumping stations or their wells.

Do not let them destroy America, either by accident or on purpose with malice aforethought. And if they really do intend to kill us, should push come to shove, let us be certain to kill them first.

February 16, 2023

Justin O. Smith ~ Author

~ The Author ~
Justin O. Smith has lived in Tennessee off and on most of his adult life, and graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1980, with a B.S. and a double major in International Relations and Cultural Geography – minors in Military Science and English, for what its worth. His real education started from that point on. Smith is a frequent contributor to the family of Kettle Moraine Publications.

5 thoughts on “Smith: East Palestine – America’s Chernobyl

  1. veteran

    we were told that agent orange was safe for us also. well, look what happened with that lie.
    i would like to know how the trail derailed. havent heard anything about that.
    there is way too much bullshit like this going on in our country. i believe it’s not by chance.
    it’s past time for a militia (set forth by the people) to be on sentry all over the country. locked and loaded.
    justin, your article is fantastic.

  2. Gary Covington

    Every thing stated in this article appears to be 100% on target.
    When you have three of the largest corporations involved
    (The Vanguard group, Black Rock and JP Morgen ) one might think it could be their commitment to one world order.
    But all we hear in media concerns AT&T censorship.
    When are we going to see people going to jail, instead of stepping down.

  3. Justin Smith

    Thank You So Very Much, Veteran!

    You have asked a great question along with Your accurate observation and assessment. I couldn’t agree more, My Friend.

    The exact cause of the derailment may never be specifically pinpointed, but the train was dragging some 18,000 tons of metal and product that set up a physical dynamic that heightened the probability of such a derailment. They are supposedly looking at an axle that somehow caught fire from … ??? … some unknown leaking substance from a container? from a brake line?

    Trains use a pneumatic brake system so there wasn’t really anything to leak, unless it was from the operating parts surrounding the system that require some form of oil-based lubricant.

    The National Transportation Safety Board has obtained the locomotive’s event recorder data, forward-and inward-facing image recording data and wayside defect detector data, and it has identified and examined the rail car that initiated the derailment.

    A surveillance video from a nearby residence shows what appears to be a wheel bearing in the final stage of overheat failure moments before the derailment, which would have destabilized the wheel, possibly making it wobble or grab and jerk. The wheelset from the identified railcar has been collected as evidence for metallurgical examination, and the overheated wheel bearing has been collected and will be examined by engineers from the NTSB Materials Laboratory in Washington, D.C.

    A preliminary report is anticipated to be released in the next eleven to fourteen days.

    The question in many Americans’ minds who see the NTSB leading this investigation is “Can they be trusted” given what we have seen from every other institution under Joe Biden’s anti-American regime. Or will it create a finding to fit its chosen narrative to paint itself in the most favorable light possible. We suspect it will be the latter, especially if the Idiot, Naive, Man-Child Fool, Pete Buttigieg has his way — the Transportation Secretary who took over ten days to say anything and –when he finally did — cracked jokes about balloons.

    Many past administrations have had a fast and loose manner with the truth, but the Biden regime takes the path of always telling an outright lie, even when the truth would serve it better.

    And yes, Veteran. You are 100 percent accurate when You note all of this is “not by chance”. The proof of it can be seen in almost EVERYTHING, Every Damned Policy, this red, radical anti-American Marxist-Maoist regime has set in motion from the first days after it stole power in a soft coup, from the fouled-up energy situation, every evil illiberal act using the Covid hoax as an excuse, the fouled up supply chain situation facilitated by Biden supporters in the dockworkers unions and on and on. It’s a concerted effort across the nation by the federal government, communist-minded corporatists and individual actors all moving in tandem and unison to bring about their dream of fundamentally transforming — Code for DESTROYING — traditional America and the republic, in order to ultimately secure an ironclad authoritarian socialist regime in which freedom and liberty will be no more.

    Lock and load, indeed, My Friend.

    If anyone who loves America hasn’t yet considered utilizing guerrilla warfare against any and all Democratic Party strongholds, including ANY federal government institution or state government and institution, that has a heavy Democrat leadership, and all Federal Reserve Banks, it really is past time to consider it. IT’S ACTUALLY PAST TIME TO START ENGAGING IN IT.

    We see the country being destroyed by these anti-American FOOLS and TRAITORS in Real Time, Each and Every Day.

    We are fools for allowing this to continue for as long as it has, and we will be bigger fools if we don’t stop this mess before a time arrives that makes it impossible.

    You may not agree with me on this point — or You might — but I don’t see us making a course correction of any real significance through the vote or “voting harder” as many suggest. That ship has sailed, as we find ourselves in the most corrupt era of American history with known solutions being rejected at every opportunity by the ruling class. And now Trump has even recently come out with a plan to use the same corrupt mail-in ballot harvesting scheme to out corrupt the Democrats and “win” in 2024.

    That’s not the sort of system I want my kids and grandchildren to be living under — where the most corrupt and scheming win the day for themselves and power.

    We may just have to ride it out to its natural conclusion. The final collapse of our economy and civil war. Because until our society regains its moral compass and once again embraces our founding principles, every peaceful attempt to retain a free republic will be akin to pissing in the ocean and saying we raised it a foot.

    I pray for this America we love so well, and come hell or high water, I stand prepared to fight any and all tyrants, before I submit under a system that rejects God and our founding principles and moves to obliterate our Inalienable God-given Rights.

    As always, I thank You, Veteran, for the part You have played in keeping America safe and free over the years, and the part You continue to play today.

    May God Bless This America We Love So Well and May He Keep Her Free for All Eternity, as He Damns Her Enemies Both Foreign and Domestic to the Hell They Have Earned and So Richly Deserve.

    ~ Justin

  4. Ken Watterson

    The Great winds of public opinion will no doubt be heard in the echo chambers of Washington, and clambering politicians will soon be seen patronizing the people..

  5. Justin Smith

    Hey Veteran,

    This report was just released that states the derailment was caused by overheated wheel bearings and the train passed through three sensor stations that send out audible warniings to the crew when overheated wheel bearings pose a critical threat. It makes one wonder what in the hell the crew was doing.

    ~ Justin

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