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Illinois oil train derailment threatens Mississippi River
Illinois oil train derailment threatens Mississippi River

An oil train derailment and spill in northwest Illinois poses an "imminent and substantial danger" of contaminating the Mississippi River, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Saturday. The spill from the derailment, which occurred Thursday, also threatens the Galena River, a tributary of the Mississippi, and the Upper Mississippi National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, one of the most complex ecosystems in North America. The EPA said it couldn't estimate how much oil was spilled, but the 21 derailed cars of the BNSF Railway train contained 630,000 gallons of Bakken crude from North Dakota. Small fires from the wreckage continued to burn Saturday. Earlier Saturday,...

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