Illinois EPA urging railroad to contain diesel fuel spill

SIDNEY - In an update to a story WAND brought you earlier this week, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency officials say Union Pacific Railroad has allegedly not properly cleaned up a diesel fuel spill that continues to pollute the Salt Fork River.

The spill happened on May 2 when 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel leaked from three locomotives' fuel tanks into a creek near Sidney in Champaign County.  State EPA officials say a Union Pacific-hired contractor failed to contain all of the leaked fuel.

On Friday, Illinois EPA officials announced that they are asking the state's attorney general to compel Union Pacific to do more to clean up the spill.

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