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Fuel Taints Waterways Supplying Moscow

June 18, 2005|From Times Wire Reports

A spill of heavy fuel from a derailed train flowed into waterways that supply Moscow with drinking water, officials said.

About 770 tons of thick, tar-like fuel spilled from more than a dozen tanker cars that went off the tracks Wednesday about 100 miles northwest of Moscow. Emergency officials said the spill would not affect Moscow's water supply.

But Oleg Mitvol, a top federal environmental protection official, said the fuel was seeping into a tributary of the Volga River.

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