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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Supports Pool 11

Spill Response on Mississippi River

 

Damaged train cars from the Mississippi River Pool 11 spill.

 

Damaged train cars from the Mississippi River Pool 11 spill.

Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

 

February 13, 2015

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) staff from around the Midwest teamed up to provide on-site assistance and expertise as agencies responded to the February 4, 2015, train derailment and subsequent ethanol spill on the Mississippi River in Iowa.

 

Refuge management and staff from the McGregor District of the Service’s Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) were on site during the response, supporting efforts of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Environmental Protection Agency and local emergency responders. The spill, which released an estimated 55,000 gallons of ethanol from derailed train cars, occurred within several hundred feet of the McGregor District of the Refuge, raising concerns about impacts to fish, freshwater mussels, waterfowl and migratory birds and refuge lands.

 

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Last updated: February 18, 2015