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EXPOSÉ: America's Investigative Reports
EXPOSÉ 2008 Season
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Casing Chemical Joints

This is a yeast manufacturer in a heavily populated working-class neighborhood in south Baltimore. Like other food factories, the company kept catastrophic amounts of anhydrous ammonia in large tanks, often delivered by rail cars to unlocked back yards. In 2002 and 2003, the easiest way into a major chemical maker or user was through the always unguarded rail line. Anhydrous ammonia, by the way, is an extremely toxic gas commonly used for bulk refrigeration or fertilizing. Its chemical structure naturally seeks out moist parts on the body, often burning skin, eyes, and the respiratory tract of victims, causing blindness, lung damage and death. It's considered a Toxic Inhalation Hazard, or "TIH," by first responders.

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