Another train derailment resulted in a release of hazardous waste. This occurrence took place in North Dakota.
In Richland County, a number of Canadian Pacific railroad cars derailed, discharging various dangerous materials.
It allegedly occurred on March 26 at approximately 11:15 p.m., a mile southeast of Wyndmere, North Dakota. A train consisting of 70 carriages derailed, with 31 of them leaking asphalt-making fuel. The public is not now in danger, according to the authorities.
According to Canadian Pacific, local authorities and its hazardous material experts are assessing the situation on the scene. Authorities claim that there are no nearby rivers or active fires. Cleaning up the mess is expected to take seven to ten days.
The train derailment raises awareness of the United States’ hazardous and failing rail system. A Norfolk Southern train derailed on February 3rd, resulting in a significant environmental issue.
The air and waterways were contaminated by toxic chemical leaks. Authorities and inspectors assert that the environmental harm has been minimized and that hazardous chemical toxicity levels are within permissible limits.
Attorney General Dave Yost, a Republican from Ohio, is suing Norfolk Southern for the deadly chemical leak.
In March, the Ohio Attorney General filed a 106-page complaint to hold Norfolk Southern accountable for any monetary losses resulting from the train catastrophe. In the case, Norfolk Southern is accused of breaking 58 state and federal environmental regulations, including those governing hazardous waste, water pollution, solid waste, and air pollution.
“Norfolk Southern should have taken, but did not, appropriate steps to prevent the Derailment and resulting harm to the State, and at a minimum Norfolk Southern should have been prepared to adequately respond to the Derailment and mitigate damage immediately after the Derailment.”
In addition to public nuisance for the chemicals spilled into the environment, negligence for the operational flaws, and trespassing for damaging natural resources, the attorney general accuses Norfolk Southern of violating common law.
“Ohio shouldn’t have to bear the tremendous financial burden of Norfolk Southern’s glaring negligence. The fallout from this highly preventable incident may continue for years to come, and there’s still so much we don’t know about the long-term effects on our air, water and soil.”