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.