SPRINGFIELD - Illinois' Environmental Protection Agency is taking legal action against a rail company after its train came crashing into the Spoon River last week. The I-E-P-A says the Keokuk Junction Railway Company violated several pollution regulations and the Environmental Protection Act. They also say the train's derailment destroyed the bridge. The train-cars were carrying corn syrup. It's estimated more than 20-thousand gallons of it leaked into the river--killing hundreds of fish. The I-E-P-A is asking KJR to hand over details about the cars and cause of derailment. They also want the company to remove all contaminated soil from the Spoon River bank. We reached out to the railway company, but haven't heard back.
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