SUBSCRIBE NOW Just 99¢ for your first month

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

No environmental impacts seen in Alma ethanol spill

We are part of The Trust Project.

ALMA, Wis. — Samples of water affected by Saturday's derailment and ethanol spill show no risk to aquatic life.

BNSF Railway spokeswoman Amy McBeth said Tuesday that the tracks at the site of the accident north of Alma had returned to service Tuesday morning. According to McBeth's statement, the railway is working with the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to conduct the water samples.

Up to 20,000 gallons of ethanol spilled into the Upper Mississippi Wildlife Refuge before BNSF crews were able to contain the five affected tank cars. According to the release, the lab analysis of the water samples taken Saturday and Sunday showed levels of ethanol and denaturing agents below the standards harmful for aquatic life.

"We are collecting additional samples for ongoing monitoring and analyses, and we'll continue working with the federal and state agencies if any additional actions are needed at some point," McBeth said in the statement.

What to read next
Members Only
On Thursday, Mayo Clinic posted an unaudited consolidated financial report from the first quarter on the Electronic Municipal Market Access website. The report showed revenue was up 6.9% over the same quarter in 2021, when Mayo Clinic reported $3.67 billion in revenue. However, the operating margin for Q1 2022 is 3.6%, which is well below the 6.6% margin that Mayo Clinic posted in the first quarter of 2021.
In today's world, stress is everywhere. Sometimes your to-do list becomes overwhelming. Meditation — even just 30 seconds a day— can help. In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams talks with a meditation expert who explains how it works, gives a shout out to a study that about how meditation helps US Marines recover from stress and gives tips on how to fit meditation into your day. Give the practice a try on World Meditation Day, which happens yearly on Saturday, May 21.
See the latest COVID-19 numbers updated daily.
State leaders said the situation was expected to improve within four to six weeks as additional varieties come to market.