Train Derailment on Friday February 3rd, in East Palestine Ohio, 50 miles from Pittsburgh, PA, results in chemical spill from tanker cars, massive fire and evacuation of nearby residents.  From the AP…”Crews released toxic chemicals into the air from five derailed tanker cars that were in danger of exploding Monday and began burning it after warning residents near the Ohio-Pennsylvania state line to leave immediately or face the possibility of death”. 

Juliane I. Beier, PhD
Juliane I. Beier, PhD

PLRC Faculty Juliane Beier, PhD who studies vinyl chloride and its effects on liver disease, is considered and expert in the field and was interviewed by NPR radio, CBS News and WTAE television. See links to those interviews below. 

NPR interview:

NEWS story on WTAE: 

CBS News story:

Read more on how Vinyl chloride, the chemical used to make PVC plastics, which was released from the Ohio train derailment, can damage the liver and exacerbate underlying disease in “The Conversation“.

Dr. Beier received prior funding from the Pittsburgh Liver Research Center Pilot & Feasibility program to study the effects of vinyl chloride exposure on liver cancer , the results of which lead to further funding by the National Institutes of Health.