Too Many Chemicals…and Onward to a World of Safer Train Derailments

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  • By Andrew Mackie
Too Many Chemicals…and Onward to a World of Safer Train Derailments

You don’t think much about it. Trains and trucks roll by with who knows what in tow. You just don’t have time to spend thinking about what’s in there. I know I don’t.


That is, until eight rail cars are lying on their side a couple blocks from your work and home… traffic jams in all directions, and there is a helicopter circling overhead, belting evacuation orders.


Then you start to think about it.


And what ‘it’ happened to be yesterday was tanker cars full of diluent. Solvents used mostly to keep crude oil flowing.


Super toxic stuff. Containing Benzene, H2S, and all kinds of substances you wouldn’t want to get close to. Chemicals we try to stay away from at all costs.


Fortunately, there were no explosions or major leaks.


Emergency crews took all precautions. And there is still a fleet of police, ambulances, machinery, hazardous material clean up trucks, etc. working hard at the scene.



But it’s too many chemicals. Too close to home. Maybe too close to anywhere. (our water, our food, our environment) 


At the SEED event, the number that David Wolfe used was 70,000. 



70,000 new chemicals we have introduced into our environment and our bodies since 1945.


What can we do about it? Especially when we barely notice that they are there?


I suppose using less is a good place to start. Using less plastics, synthetics. Building better homes and cities. Choosing natural cleaning products, personal care products. And so on.


If we don’t buy ’em, they won’t make ’em.


(that’s one theory, at least…)


Our goal at Rivas is to make it possible to set up your home and lifestyle so that you don’t need to be exposed to any of these 70,000 (and increasing) number of chemicals.


Because I, for one, would rather a train full of Organic Flax Oil, alpaca wool batting, or natural Clay paint to crash in my backyard than what crashed there yesterday.