Public meeting on NJ derailment delayed

Public meeting on NJ derailment delayed with shelter-in-place order still on

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NJ town's evacuation expanded after derailment

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A containment boom floats in Mantua Creek Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, near freight train tank cars that derailed Friday in Paulsboro, N.J. Residents in an area of about 12 blocks near the derailment remain out of their homes as officials continued their efforts to clear a hazardous gas that spewed from a ruptured freight train car. The precautionary evacuations were ordered late Friday, hours after a train derailment, and will likely remain in effect throughout the weekend and possibly longer. The order came after readings showed higher levels of vinyl chloride in the air. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

PAULSBORO, N.J. (AP) -- Officials have called off a public meeting about the aftermath of a New Jersey train derailment.

The forum involving representatives of several agencies was scheduled for Tuesday evening in Paulsboro. It was pushed back because by midday residents were being told to stay inside due to a high level of vinyl chloride in the air.

The gas was released when a freight train derailed Friday and some of the hazardous gas was released into the air.

In recent days, multiple shelter-it-place orders have been announced. That's resulted in closed schools and businesses and delays in cleaning up the accident.

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