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DNR estimates 49,000 gallons of ethanol leaked from derailed train

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Officials from Canadian Pacific Railroad have removed three ethanol cars from the Little Cedar River near Charles City after a derailment Monday leaked tens of thousands of gallons of ethanol. Officials from Canadian Pacific Railroad have removed three ethanol cars from the Little Cedar River near Charles City after a derailment Monday leaked tens of thousands of gallons of ethanol.
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Officials from Canadian Pacific Railroad have removed three ethanol cars from the Little Cedar River near Charles City after a derailment Monday leaked tens of thousands of gallons of ethanol.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the cars leaked an estimated 49,000 gallons of ethanol into the Little Cedar River.

Most of that fuel has been recovered, but officials estimate 300 to 400 gallons of diesel fuel and 100 gallons of lube oil leaked into the stream.

The DNR says more ethanol leaked than previously estimated, but so far officials have not seen any impact to wildlife.

Ethanol in the water can decrease oxygen levels enough to kill fish or other aquatic organisms, the DNR said. But staff members have found no dead or distressed fish for up to 20 miles below where the derailment happened.

The railroad's environmental recovery firm will monitor the site throughout the end of May. The DNR will continue to monitor the situation and cleanup, as well as consider appropriate enforcement action.

Charles City's fire chief said rescue efforts were hampered after the derailment because of flood waters and the train's remote location.

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