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‘There’s the Lie’: Chemical Expert Identifies What Officials Are Wrong About in East Palestine

Following the derailment of a train carrying hazardous chemicals earlier this month, residents were temporarily evacuated so a controlled burn could take place. But according to one chemical expert who traveled to the beleaguered town to conduct an independent analysis of the soil, air, and water, that’s a “lie.”

“It wasn’t a controlled burn. It was an uncontrolled burn,” independent environmental scientist and chemical spill expert Stephen Petty said.

“In hazardous waste situations, they very carefully control the temperature and the amount of oxygen so they get complete combustion…so it’s not a controlled burn because a controlled burn would have to be like in a furnace or in your car or in some system where you control the fuel… the vinyl chloride and the amount of oxygen. So they didn’t do that.”

He said one of the ways to determine whether there’s been exposure is whether there’s an odor. Many residents reported noxious smells, which they said caused headaches and other problems like nausea, rashes, burning eyes, and more.

Thousands of fish and other wildlife also died in the days following the burn.

“My view is that it was a bad decision to release it and burn it,” Petty said, adding that all that’s been tested for so far are VOCs, which is “not a specific chemical.”

“That doesn’t tell me anything other than you’re measuring carbon,” he said.

Petty, who’s been an expert witness in many top environmental class action lawsuits in the U.S., claimed the government is measuring “things that don’t really matter.”

“What I want to know is vinyl chloride. What is the individual component? So, they purposefully measure with a cheaper instrument total hydrocarbons, but I want to know what the components are.”

“The public can handle negative news, they just want the truth,” Petty said. “It’s not wrong to tell them we don’t know yet.”

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  • Kim says:

    This lawless Administration has NEVER spoken a word of truth and is in bed with every corrupt corporation you can think of. Never has the will of the people been represented by these inept clowns Joe is a frontman for Obama’s third term, which is doing what Hillary’s second term was supposed to do: bankrupt the country, wipe out the population and usher in the dictatorial NWO. With the exception of the Trump Administration all these Presidents have been war criminals with their administrations fleecing foreign nations and ripping off taxpayers by laundering foreign aid money through foreign banks and pocketing huge amounts of cash. These treacherous bastards need to be held accountable! Joe Biden is the laughingstock of the world, an embarrassment the likes of which we’ve never seen before. He’s going to get us in a nuclear war, probably kill at least 200 million Americans.

  • Rick says:

    The most corrupt Government in the world….

  • Rick says:

    Why would they burn it ??

  • Rex Greene says:

    That’s what I’ve been thinking all along. Just firing it up letting it rip isn’t the definition of controlled.

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