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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Bureau County State’s Attorney Patrick Herrmann are suing Iowa Interstate Railroad Ltd. over the Oct. 7 train derailment near Tiskilwa. Train cars filled with ethanol caused the subsequent explosion from that accident. Portions of Tiskilwa were evacuated due to the fireball and fear of foul air. Some residents were allowed back into town later that day while the eastern portion of the town opened the following day.

The suit alleges environmental violations occurred in the aftermath of the derailment, in which nine tank cars carrying ethanol caught fire. Most of the ethanol was burned in the aftermath but there are some concerned that some ethanol may have seeped into the water supply.

Madigan and Herrmann jointly filed the documents Monday in Bureau County Circuit Court, asking the court to order Iowa Interstate Railroad to submit reports to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency as the investigation of possible air, water and soil pollution continues.

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