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CSX Engine passing through Cornwall-on-Hudson riverfront. Photo courtesy: Hans C. Olsen

Chemicals are found everywhere. They purify drinking water, increase crop production and simplify household chores. But chemicals also can be hazardous to humans or the environment if used or released improperly. Hazards can occur during production, storage, transportation, use or disposal. Cornwall is high risk for a hazardous materials incident due to the CSX rail line running through the Village and the New York State Thruway running through the Town. A release of chemicals would be hazardous to you, your friends, your family and the environment in the event of a hazardous materials incident.

Hazardous materials in various forms can cause death, serious injury, long lasting health effects, damage to buildings, homes and other property and the enviroment. Many products containing hazardous chemicals are used and stored in homes routinely. High dangers are also associated with railroads and the chemicals transported by CSX and the tractor trailers that carry chemicals and freight on the New York State Thruway.

Chemical manufacturers are one source of hazardous materials, but there are many others, including service stations, hospitals and hazardous materials waste sites.

Hazardous materials come in the form of explosives, flammable and combustible substances, poisons and radioactive materials. These substances are most often released as a result of transportation accidents.

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