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Derailment clean-up 'complete,' says Band


March 29, 2019

According to a press release from the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, the BNSF coal train derailment clean up efforts are now complete. More than 130 tons of coal was recovered from the St. Louis River bottom. An undetermined, but significant, volume of coal was also recovered from between the ice layers on the river where it was trapped. Approximately 16,000 square feet of ice was removed to facilitate clean-up in the river.

The derailment site is located approximately four miles west of Cloquet, just past Pine Island. The derailment of about 40 BNSF coal train cars occurred Fe...

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