- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Officials were advising residents against the use of well water Tuesday in the area where a CSX train car carrying hazardous material derailed and caught fire in east Tennessee.

A well water sample within about 350 feet of the train derailment site has shown detections of acrylonitrile, a hazardous material used in multiple industrial processes, according to the Environmental Protection Agency as well as state and local officials.

Municipal water supplies weren’t affected. “Very few residents” were impacted by the advisory as of Tuesday, City Manager Greg McClain said.

The chemical was in a train car that derailed and burned late Wednesday in Maryville, leading to the evacuation of about 5,000 residents on Thursday. Evacuees were allowed to return to their homes Friday.

Officials said about 10 wells are located in the area, but it was not immediately clear how many homes were affected. Police officers were knocking on doors to locate unidentified wells in the area for testing. Bottled water was being brought in for residents.

Also, officials lifted an advisory issued Monday telling residents to avoid a creek where dead fish were found after the crash.


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