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2009 Fish Kill case: Amended Complaint Against Canadian National

2009 Fish Kill case: Amended Complaint Against Canadian National

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Illinois is officially linking a fish kill from Grand Detour to Prophetstown in 2009 to a train derailment near Rockford.
Illinois is officially linking a fish kill from Grand Detour to Prophetstown in 2009 to a train derailment near Rockford.

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INTHECIRCUITCOURTFORTHESEVENTEENTHJUDICIALCIRCUITWINNEBAGOCOUNTY,ILLINOISCHANCERYDIVISIONPEOPLEOFTHESTATEOFILLINOIS
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LISAMADIGAN,AttorneyGeneraloftheStateofIllinois,and
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JOSEPHP.BRUSCATO,State'sAttorneyforWinnebagoCounty,Illinois,Plaintiff,
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CHICAGO,CENTRAL&PACIFICRAILROADCOMPANY,aDelawarecorporation,Defendant.
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No.09CH905FIRSTAMENDEDCOMPLAINTFORINJUNCTIVERELIEFANDCIVILPENALTIESPlaintiff,PEOPLEOFTHESTATEOFILLINOIS,
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LISAMADIGAN,AttorneyGeneraloftheStateofIllinois,onherownmotionandattherequestoftheIllinoisEnvironmentalProtectionAgencyandtheIllinoisDepartmentofNaturalResources,andJOSEPHP.BRUSCATO,State'sAttorneyforWinnebagoCounty,Illinois,onhisownmotion,complainsoftheDefendant,CHICAGO,CENTRAL&PACIFICRAILROADCOMPANY("CC&P"),aDelawarecorporation,asfollows:COUNTISUBSTANTIALDANGERTOTHEENVIRONMENT,PUBLICHEALTHANDWELFARE1.ThiscountisbroughtonbehalfofthePeopleoftheStateofIllinois
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LisaMadigan,AttorneyGeneraloftheStateofIllinois,onherownmotionandattherequestoftheIllinoisEnvironmentalProtectionAgency("IllinoisEPA"),and
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JosephP.Bruscato,State'sAttorneyforWinnebagoCounty,Illinois,onhisownmotion,pursuanttothetermsand
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provisionsofSection43(a)oftheIllinoisEnvironmentalProtectionAct("Act"),415[LCS5/43(a)(2010),andisanactiontorestrainasubstantialdangertotheenvironment,publichealthandwelfare.2.TheIllinoisEPAisanadministrativeagencyoftheStateofIllinois,createdbySection4oftheAct,415[LCS
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(2010),andcharged,
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withthedutyofenforcingtheAct.3.TheIllinoisDepartmentofNaturalResources("IDNR")isanadministrativeagencyoftheStateofIllinois,createdbySection1-5oftheIllinoisDepartmentofNaturalResourcesAct,20[LCS80111-5(2010),andcharged,
interalia,
withthedutyofenforcingtheFishandAquaticLifeCode("FishCode"),515ILCS5/5-5(2010),andtheWildlifeCode,520[LCS
511.10
(2010)("WildlifeCode").4.AtalltimesrelevanttothisFirstAmendedComplaint,CC&PwasandisaDelawarecorporationingoodstandingwiththeIllinoisSecretaryofState.5.CanadianNationalRailwayCompany("CN")isashareholderinaholdingcompanythatownsallofthestockofanotherholdingcompanyknownasGrandTrunkCorporation.GrandTrunkCorp.isaholdingcompanythatowns100%ofthestockoftheIllinoisCentralCorporation.IllinoisCentralCorp.ownsallofthestockofaholdingcompanyknownasCC&PHoldings,Inc.,whichintumownsallofthecommonstockofCC&P.6.OnJune19,2009,a114carCC&PtrainwastravelingeastfromFreeport,IllinoistoChicago,Illinois.7.ThisCC&PtrainderailedapproximatelywheretherailroadtracksintersectwithMulfordRoad(milepost80)("MulfordRoadrailcrossing"),justsouthofSleepyHollowRoad,inthesoutheastsectionofRockfordandPerryville,WinnebagoCounty,Illinois(collectively
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"DerailmentSite").8.CC&Pownstherailroadtracksonwhichthetrainderailedandisincontrolofthecrewthatoperatedthederailedtrain.9.OnJune19,2009atapproximately3:30p.m.,oninformationandbelief,aCC&PtrainreportedhighwaterontherailroadtrackeastoftheDerailmentSite.10.OnJune19,2009beginningatapproximately7:35p.m.,theWinnebagoCounty911CenterbeganreceivingmultiplecallsfromcitizensaboutapossiblewashoutoftheMulfordRoadrailcrossing.11.Atapproximately8:03p.m.,aWinnebagoCountySheriffwassenttotheMulfordRoadrailcrossingandobservedthatwaterwasrunningundertheCC&Prailroadtrack,indicatingthatthesoilandballastholdingtherailtiesinplacehadbeenwashedaway.12.OnJune19,2009atapproximately8:16p.m.,adeputyintheWinnebagoCounty911centercontactedaCNrepresentativeonthecompany'semergencynotificationlinetoalertthemtothewashoutconditionsoftheCC&PrailroadtrackattheMulfordRoadrailcrossing.13.Atapproximately8:36p.m.,oratatimebetterknownbytheDefendant,theCC&PtrainderailedattheMulfordRoadrailcrossing.14.Nineteen(19)tankcarsderailed.Thesetankcarswerelocatedinthemiddleofthetrain.15.Eachderailedtankcarcontainedapproximately30,000gallonsofdenaturedethanol.16.Uponinformationandbelief,thedenaturedethanolwasamixtureof90~92%ethanoland8-10%naturalgasoline.17.Thirteen(13)ofthederailedtankcarscaughtonfire.3

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