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Iowa DNR Continues to Monitor Impacts of New Hampton Train Derailment

The Iowa DNR continues to monitor the impacts of last month’s train derailment just outside New Hampton.

The DNR’s Manchester office responded to the scene with an initial focus was the anhydrous ammonia leaking from a ruptured train tanker finding its way into the water. Environmental Specialist Chris Gelner says the flooding that caused the Canadian Pacific (CP) derailment was a curse and a blessing.

Gelner says diesel fuel and other lubricant oils leaking from the derailed locomotives was also a concern, but its effects on fish and amphibious creatures has been minimal.  He adds that the location of the crash site, about three miles southwest of New Hampton, also played a role.

While nearby waters escaped significant impact from the derailment, Gelner says CP will begin testing the soil in the area for any contamination. 

 

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Mark Pitz

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