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Forum to discuss effects of Graniteville disaster

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GRANITEVILLE, S.C. (AP) - A conversation is going on this weekend about the long-term impacts from a devastating train wreck and chlorine gas release in South Carolina.

A community forum is planned Saturday at the Family Y of Graniteville.

On Jan. 6, 2005, a Norfolk Southern train car carrying chlorine derailed and ruptured, releasing a cloud of the poisonous gas over Graniteville. Nine people died in the mill town. Scores of others have needed hospitalization or treatment as a result of the gas.

Researchers have been studying Graniteville residents ever since. Saturday's program is the culmination of a University of South Carolina project to study the impact of the train wreck on the community.

Organizers say there will be information on health services, the status of the environment and the community's future.

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