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  • Toxic Cargo; Crowded Inland Rails at Risk for Dangerous Chemical Spills

    The investigation showed that Inland Southern California faces increasing risk of toxic spills from freight trains carrying chlorine, anhydrous ammonia and other deadly chemicals. The authors found a public unaware of the risk, local authorities unprepared and an industry with a questionable safety record.
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    TRW Vehicle Safety Systems Inc. has a history of accidents in Arizona which have continued even after regulator's investigations, warnings and finings. An Arizona Republic reveals explosions, fire and chemical spills, and accidents injuring and killing workers at the world's second largest air-bag manufacturing company. (October 8, 1995)
  • Spills Chill Regulators

    The Plain Dealer reports that of the 5,589 toxic chemical spills that occurred in Ohio in 1990, 121 threatened lives and property. The chemical accidents occurred when trucks hauling toxic chemicals wrecked on highways, above ground chemical tanks exploded, warehouses and plants caught fire, and workers made critical mistakes. The analysis also found that most companies involved did not report the accidents to the county emergency response team or the state Environmental Protection Agency. Residents living near plants did a better job reporting chemical emergencies than most companies at fault.
  • Chemical Reaction

    A KMSP-TV (Minneapolis, MN) investigation finds that some Minnesota state agencies deliberately dump toxic chemicals, that spills regularly occur in residential neighborhoods and drinking water has been poisoned with pesticides, Nov. 15, 1994.
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    Orange County (Calif.) Register investigation, "Deadly Smoke," shows how the cancer rate among firefighters is rising dramatically because of the use of synthetic materials in buildings; also looks at the danger to firefighters of toxic chemical spills, December 1983.