MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A BNSF freight train derailed near the Mississippi River just north of the town of Alma, Wisconsin Saturday.
Twenty-five cars went off the tracks there, and an estimated 20,000 gallons of ethanol spilled into the river.
The Transportation and Public Works Committee is proposing a way to enhance rail safety and reduce risk within city limits.
Their proposed resolution demands transparency, accountability and improved communication with railroad companies.
“We’re not asking for non-coexistence of these activities,” Minneapolis Ward 1 Councilmember Kevin Reich said. “We’re just saying, ‘Let’s do it right with the best technology, best practices and best safety … techniques in mind.'”
Environmental groups want the states and federal government to review the risk of transporting hazardous materials.
The track in Wisconsin has re-opened and trains are back in operation.