Galena Train Clean-Up Still in Progress
Clean-up continues at the site of the train derailment in Galena last Thursday (3/5). And the US EPA says work should be done by the end of the month.
Twenty-one train cars carrying crude oil derailed, and some caught fire, in an area near where the Galena River meets the Mississippi. And federal and local agencies are working to clear the tracks and remove spilled oil.
Even though trains are now running again on the BNSF tracks, a dozen cars still need to be removed - some of them containing oil. The EPA says the tracks will be completely cleared by the weekend.
So far, 218,000 gallons of crude oil have been removed, according to the US EPA Regional Administrator Susan Hedman. And, 170 people are still working at the site. Some are placing sand bags to protect against flooding from melted snow.
No oil has been found in the nearby river, and air and soil samples are being studied.