Chemical spill at mill cleaned up


The derailed train car incident at Resolute Forest Products here was resolved yesterday afternoon with no effects to the public or the environment, the Fort Frances Fire and Rescue Service said.
Central Avenue was re-opened to traffic early yesterday afternoon.
Emergency services responded to a report of a train derailment at the Resolute mill property just after 1:10 p.m. on Friday.
A single rail car containing hydrogen peroxide had tipped over, causing the chemical to leak.
The rail company is Minnesota Dakota and Western Railway (MDW), which serves the paper mills in Fort Frances and International Falls.
Fort Frances Fire and Rescue Service responded and utilized its resources to suppress any vapours, as well as monitor the spill area.
Rainy River District OPP officers had set up a perimeter around the affected area of Central Avenue between Scott Street and Second Street, and had asked all vehicles and pedestrians avoid this area to ensure the public safety.
A Hazmat Team was on scene, working in conjunction with representatives from Resolute Forest Products and emergency personnel to ensure the situation was resolved with no adverse effects to the public or the environment.
No injuries were reported.