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Published October 21, 2013, 08:48 AM

Mandan diesel spill close to being cleaned up

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — Officials are close to wrapping up a yearslong project to clean up an underground diesel fuel spill in Mandan.

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — Officials are close to wrapping up a yearslong project to clean up an underground diesel fuel spill in Mandan.

The state Health Department says nearly 1 million gallons of fuel has been recovered since 2006. The department recently gave the city approval to begin planning the shutdown of wells being used to recover the diesel. State Waste Management Director Scott Radig says the well system could be fully shut down within three years.

BNSF Railway in 2004 agreed to pay more than $30 million in cash and real estate to settle a lawsuit over the spill that was discovered underneath downtown Mandan in 1984. The railroad did not admit to any liability as part of the settlement.

The Bismarck Tribune reports $7.4 million of the settlement fund remains.

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