DEPOSIT, N.Y. (WBNG) -- Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Pete Lopez released the following statement Friday in relation to the Deposit train derailment:
“A train, operated by New York Susquehanna and Western Railway, was carrying approximately 63 rail cars. Approximately 11 cars have derailed, of which two are located in a tributary leading to the Delaware River. Those located in the water are either empty or carrying construction and demolition materials. Approximately 4,000 gallons of diesel was released as a result of the derailment.
Sixteen cars containing very low levels of radioactive waste from the Maywood Chemical Superfund site in New Jersey were being transported to a licensed disposal facility in Clive, Utah. While railcars carrying hazardous and radioactive materials were involved, none were impacted or breached. Only diesel fuel from the locomotives has been released.
EPA currently has a federal On-Scene Coordinator deployed to the incident, providing technical assistance to the New York State DEC (NYSDEC). EPA continues to inspect the operational areas and provide technical assistance support to the NYSDEC. Visual assessments of the Delaware River have indicated no observed sheening in the River downstream from the incident.”
The EPA released this additional background information:
The Maywood Chemical Superfund Site is located in Bergen County, New Jersey about 10 miles west of New York City. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the lead federal agency for the remediation of radioactive waste from the Maywood Superfund site. The Army Corps has been in close communication with EPA on this matter.