For the first time, Londoners are getting a glimpse into the dangerous goods passing through the city almost daily on the country’s two major railways. A list of the top ten hazardous materials shipped through the municipality on Canadian National (CN) and Canadian Pacific (CP) trains was provided by the companies to the City of London at the start of June 2017, in accordance with a law enacted following the Lac-Mégantic disaster.
“Should we be worried about these chemicals? Yes. Are they a part of our daily lives? Yes,” said Graeme Norval, a professor in the department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto and a member of the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s prevention council.
“What you want is everyone that’s dealing with the chemicals to deal with them with respect. It’s a mindset,” said Norval.
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