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Lawsuit Filed over 1995 Chemical Spill in Oklahoma

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 Landowners in Kingfisher County have filed a lawsuit against a railroad company over a chemical spill caused by a train derailment two decades ago.

The Journal Record reports that public documents indicate a railcar spilled more about 3,300 gallons of carbon tetrachloride in April 1995. The Federal Railroad Administration reported that several cars containing the hazardous materials derailed.

Gary and Geraldine Mueggenborg say Union Pacific Railroad Co. hasn't adequately remediated the spill site.

The Mueggenborgs say the spill migrated to their land, causing a decrease in property value. They also say the spill has impaired their use of the property and caused agricultural losses.

They're asking for at least $75,000 in damages.

A Union Pacific spokesman declined to comment on the lawsuit, but says the company continues to work with Oklahoma to remediate the spill.

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