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Railroad Company Takes Over Derailment Cleanup

The company whose train was involved in the derailment Saturday afternoon about three miles southwest of New Hampton will take over cleanup of the crash site.

In a media release Tuesday, Chickasaw County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) says the New Hampton Fire Department has turned the location over to the Canadian Pacific Railroad for clean up and recovery. The incident is also being downgraded from an emergency scene to an industrial work site.

The statement also says that crews continued to work throughout the night (Monday) to remove 4,900 gallons of aqueous ammonia from a damaged tanker car and the aqueous ammonia does not pose a threat to public health. The ammonia water it created was relocated for hazardous materials disposal. Four remaining tank cars of anhydrous ammonia are intact and being staged for their content’s removal. 

Chickasaw County EMA adds that, “The Iowa DNR and the EPA will continue to monitor operations. Should the situation change in the future, local responders will be back on scene to support operations and provide public updates.”

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Mark Pitz

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