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Environmental agency says CSX to continue James River testing through summer after derailment


LYNCHBURG, Virginia — The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality says CSX will conduct regular testing on the James River through next summer to monitor the effects of April's train derailment and oil spill in Lynchburg.

The agency issued a violation notice against CSX shortly after the fiery derailment, which dumped an estimated 30,000 gallons of crude oil into the river. Nobody was injured.

DEQ's testing, which ended earlier this year, raised no red flags. Agency spokesman Bill Hayden says CSX will continue to conduct monthly visual checks and quarterly water quality testing around the derailment site.

The News & Advance reports ( ) that DEQ and CSC are still discussing how to resolve the violation notice. The cause of the derailment of train cars carrying highly volatile Bakken crude remains under investigation.

Information from: The News & Advance,

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