Chemical cleaned out of derailed tanker in NJ

Coast Guard says hazardous chemical is now cleared out of derailed tanker car in NJ

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U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan R-Pa., speaks along with Reps. Rob Andrews, D-N.J., and Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J., at a news conference in Clarksboro, N.J. on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. The representatives say there should be a deeper look at the causes and aftermath of the Nov. 30 train derailment in Paulsboro, N.J. (AP Photo/Geoff Mulvihill)

CLARKSBORO, N.J. (AP) -- Officials say a hazardous material has been removed from a tanker car that was ripped open when it derailed in New Jersey last week.

The breach released vinyl chloride into the air and is blamed for dozens of hospital visits and the evacuation of hundreds of homes in Paulsboro.

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Walter Shinn said Thursday that the last of the chemical was dissolved into a liquid and pumped out by Wednesday evening. The car also has been rinsed.

The next step is removing the car and other derailed cars still holding the chemical.

A giant crane is being moved in for that operation.

Shinn says residents are still expected to be allowed to return to their homes on Sunday.

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