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Settlement proposed after sulfuric acid spill in Kansas

Posted 12:14 p.m. Thursday

— The Environmental Protection Agency says it has reached a proposed settlement with Union Pacific Railroad over a sulfuric acid spill in Herington five years ago.

The EPA said Wednesday the railroad has agreed to pay a $24,000 civil penalty and complete a $338,100 environmental project because the spill violated federal clean water laws.

The Salina Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2gqpiHj ) the railroad agreed to install earthen berms and other structures to minimize runoff from the railroad's yard in Herington into Lime Creek.

Two railroad tank cars at the yard collided in January 2012, releasing 11,000 gallons of sulfuric acid. The EPA says the spill affected about two miles of the creek and caused a fish kill.

The settlement doesn't become final until a public comment period ends Dec. 15.

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