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Illinois, railroad reach settlement in 2009 fish kill

ROCKFORD – A railroad company has agreed to pay $570,000 to settle claims over a 2009 derailment that spilled ethanol and killed tens of thousands of fish in northern Illinois.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office on Thursday announced the settlement with Chicago, Central & Pacific Railroad.

Up to 75,000 gallons of an ethanol mixture fouled the surrounding area, including several miles of the Rock River and its tributaries.

Madigan says the railroad will pay $270,000 to the Department of Natural Resources to restore two natural areas near the Rock River and $150,000 to the state Environmental Protection Agency and Winnebago County to settle alleged Illinois Environmental Protection Act violations. The company also will spend $150,000 on stream restoration.

A company spokesman says the settlement closes all matters related to the spill.

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