WHEATLAND — Ongoing cleanup continues for the train derailment site in Wheatland, and officials have stated there are no significant environmental concerns.
Oatka Creek resides at least 300 yards away from the train derailment site and all precautions are being taken by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to ensure the creeks safety.
According to an email from the DEC, an estimated five to ten tons of salt spilled out of the train’s hopper cars. The discharged salt does not present a significant environmental concern to Oatka Creek.
The DEC reports that tarps are on site to cover any salt remaining in the event of rain to prevent any salt from traveling to the creek.
The removal of the hopper cars may take several days, as the cars need to be emptied before being moved.
The DEC also stated the salt will likely be transferred to dump trailers for removal.
The DEC Spill Staff has inspected the train derailment site and will continue to monitor the ongoing cleanup.
The DEC reports that the railroad contractor is currently on site conducting removal and cleanup work.