This project will present you with a not so uncommon problem facing manycommunities today. St. Clair County is a mostly rural area with light to moderate industrylocated near its population hubs. This doesn’t sound so unusual but the main part of our concern rests with what travels through our area rather than the hazards within. Hazardsfrom chemicals that if released from their containers will pollute the atmosphere, disruptnormal life and business, and deliver a great potential for injury or death.The Port Huron area is a host to the import of more than 39 million pounds of hazardouschemicals every day.
This figure was compiled through a 24 hour manned survey on theBlue Water Bridge that connects the United States with Canada. 21 pipelines also enter St. Clair County under the St. Clair River carrying commodities like crude oil andliquefied petroleum gas under extreme pressure. Along with these two avenues of travelis one of the biggest transport safety concerns, the international railroad tunnel betweenCanada and the United States. Trains exiting the American side of the tunnel can bemoving at speeds of 60 miles per hour or more.The chemicals brought through St. Clair County travel to us out of necessity. TheAmbassador bridge in Detroit as well as the International crossing at Sault St. MarieMichigan are privately owned and do not allow hazardous chemicals from crossing.
THE TIMES HERALD, HAZARDOUS MATERIALS ON THE MOVE, FEBRUARY 1997