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Casing Chemical Joints

Here's a snapshot of a kid walking home from school in Newell, PA, along unguarded tracks full of vast amounts of highly toxic and explosive rail cars.
A lot of people forget that the Trib was the first newspaper to really investigate rail hazmat security in 2002. On our A-1, we not only disclosed fixed facility security snafus, but the paper sent me into rail yards, truck depots, and wharfs to show just how vulnerable our tracks, highways, and docks were to chemical attack. I would like to report that these parts of what the chemical manufacturers would term the "value chain" of hazmat as it moves from factory to, eventually, consumer, are secure. But they're not. In our most recent investigation, "Terror on the Tracks," I easily reached catastrophic amounts of unguarded or neglected tank cars full of chlorine, fuming sulfuric acid, ethylene oxide, and anhydrous ammonia in highly populated areas. Here's a snapshot of a kid walking home from school in Newell, PA, along unguarded tracks full of vast amounts of highly toxic and explosive rail cars. Because of the open architecture of railroads, I have hundreds of photographs taken in 2006 and 2007 that haven't really changed from those I snapped in 2002 and 2003. What's true about this 2002 picture in Pittsburgh and its region is equally true of photographs taken less six months ago in Seattle or Tacoma or Las Vegas or the San Francisco Bay Area or the NJ/NYC suburbs or Atlanta.

photo by Carl Prine
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Carl and Deanna Prine
THE HAZMAT "VALUE CHAIN"
child along a railcar
PUBLIC SERVICE OR TRESPASS?
toxic scenarios