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EPA and Railroad Sign West Va. Cleanup Deal

(CN) - CSX Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency have agreed to rules to govern the cleanup and restoration of areas affected by the Feb. 16 train derailment in Mount Carbon, W. Va.

As previously reported by Courthouse News, 27 cars derailed from the 109-car CSX train carrying more than three million gallons of crude oil from the Bakken Shale in North Dakota. The derailment resulted in an explosion, fires, loss of a house and required nearby residents to evacuate.

The settlement signed by CSX and EPA replaces the agency's order for cleanup and restoration issued on Feb. 27. Under the terms of the agreement, CSX will submit a comprehensive long-term plan for cleaning up and restoring areas impacted by the derailment within 21 days.

In the meantime, CSX will continue the shorter-term cleanup efforts that are already underway. These includes air and water monitoring and testing; recovering oil from Armstrong Creek, the Kanawha River and their tributaries and shorelines; and educating residents about the potential effects from the incident including potential health threats, protective measures, wildlife preservation, and claims and notification procedures.

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