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EPA update: Rockford freight train derailment and Rock River fish kill


June 26, 2009 | EPA | (Chicago, Ill. – June 26, 2009) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 said today that cleanup at the site of a Canadian National (CN) freight train derailment in Rockford, Ill., is well under way. The incident occurred on June 19, when 14 tanker cars containing a 95 percent ethanol/5 percent gasoline product derailed at South Mulford Road north of Sandy Hollow Road. Twelve of the tanker cars caught fire, resulting in one fatality. An estimated 55,000 to 75,000 gallons of the product was released from the derailed tank cars. Most of it burned up at the scene. An undetermined quantity of the product flowed into an unnamed creek that leads to the Rock River.

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