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Ohio River Waterways Still Contaminated Following Recent Train Derailment

The massive accident involved train cars carrying hazardous materials

Waterways along the Ohio River are still contaminated with hazardous materials following a train derailment that spilled multiple toxic chemicals; however, officials are confident that those waterways are contained and not affecting water supplies, they announced during a press conference on Tuesday.

Four tributaries over a space of 7.5 miles are contaminated, director of Ohio Department of Natural Resources Mary Mertz told reporters during a news conference on Tuesday.

According to Mertz, the contaminated waterways has led to the deaths of at least 3,500 fish. Mertz also stated that officials have detected 12 different species of dead fish, but none of those species are threatened or endangered. There is also no evidence that non-aquatic species have been impacted.

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