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NJ residents could meet officials on derailment

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) -- Residents of a southern New Jersey town where a train derailment and hazardous chemical leak have disrupted life could get a chance to meet with officials about the issues.

The South Jersey Times (http://bit.ly/QER3JR) reports a town-hall style meeting has been tentatively scheduled for Tuesday evening at Paulsboro High School with representatives from several federal, state and local agencies.

One reason it might not happen Tuesday is that the town is under a shelter-in-place order because of a high level of vinyl chlorine in the air.

The gas came out of a tanker car ruptured in the derailment Friday. It can sicken people and authorities have been telling residents to stay inside.