Friday, May 21, 2021

EPA says train derailment site in NW Iowa caused no environmental harm

(Radio Iowa) - The US Environmental Protection Agency says the chemicals on the freight train that derailed in northwest Iowa earlier this week did not harm the environment. Nearly four-dozen cars of the Union Pacific train jumped the tracks on Sunday in the town of Sibley, prompting evacuations of homes and businesses. E-P-A officials now say the chemicals were captured on-site and secured before any damage could be done. The railroad confirmed the train was carrying hydrochloric acid, potassium hydroxide, asphalt and highly-explosive ammonium nitrate. Some of the acid was spilled and E-P-A officials say any impacted soils will be sampled and cleaned up in remediation efforts. Some land was also burned by the diesel fire caused in the derailment.

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