Maine will want weeks to find out impacts of Ohio practice derailment on air high quality

It might be March earlier than environmental officers right here know if any of the lethal chemical substances from final week’s practice derailment in Ohio reached Maine. However even when they did find yourself right here, it’s probably in quantities too small to current a well being hazard.

The Feb. 3 accident  ignited a fireplace making a plume of lethal smoke over the scene. In an try to stop an explosion, authorities carried out a managed launch into the air of poisonous fumes they stated would neutralize burning toxins within the rail automobiles.

Provided that Maine, and far of New England, is downwind from the place the practice derailed about 50 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, there’s a probability that a number of of the 4 toxins identified to have been aboard drifted over the state inside 24- to 48-hours after the accident.