Cleanup continues after derailed train spills acid in Florida Panhandle

MOLINO, Fla. (AP) -- Florida environmental officials say cleanup crews have neutralized all the corrosive acid spilled into a Panhandle creek when a train derailed during icy weather.

One tanker car released roughly 30,000 gallons of phosphoric acid into an Escambia County creek near Molino when an Alabama-bound CSX freight train derailed during the Jan. 28 ice storm. The creek flows into Cotton Lake and then into the Escambia River.

Department of Environmental Protection officials tell the Pensacola News-Journal that CSX crews have removed the derailed train cars. CSX has hired a firm to test the waterways to determine the spread of the pollution. The state will use the data to monitor water quality and potential effects on fish and wildlife.

The county also will conduct its own water quality monitoring.

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