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Recovery begins after Dubuque train derailment

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says clean-up is underway to recover ethanol on land and the iced-covered surface of the Mississippi River after Wednesday's train derailment north of Dubuque.

There are three of the rail tankers in the water and a total of eight of the cars lost some ethanol. The DNR says one car may have still been leaking as recently as this afternoon.

The DNR will sample water along the east side, west side and middle of the river every 6,000 feet downstream from where the derailment occurred for approximately 10 miles. Additional water samples will be taken from 1,000 feet upstream from the accident site, and at the nearby Mud Lake and Sunfish Lake.  Water will be tested for oxygen levels, and for the presence of ethanol and petroleum products.  Fish will also be tested.

Along with the Iowa DNR, the Dubuque County Conservation Board, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Coast Guard, Wisconsin DNR, Sherill Fire Department, Dubuque Fire Department, Dubuque County Sheriff's Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is also assisting with the clean-up.


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