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Decomposing soybeans from train car derailment kill wildlife in Georgia creek

Multiple organizations are working together to get the creek back to normal conditions.
Credit: Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

ATLANTA — Three derailed train cars have created quite the mess after spilling soybeans - yes, soybeans - into Flat Creek, according to Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.

In a Facebook post, the organization notes how the creek feeds into the Chattahoochee River.

As a result of the soybeans decomposing in the water for several weeks - the cars derailed on July 28 - oxygen levels have plummeted for more than three and a half miles of the creek, making it uninhabitable.

Now, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division are working together along with Marion Environmental, the City of Gainesville, Norfolk Southern, and Chattahoochee Riverkeeper to bring the creek back to normal conditions.

The post also notes that authorities are looking into the cause of the derailment and spill. 

Posted by Chattahoochee Riverkeeper on Wednesday, August 17, 2022

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