Minnesota-based company named in train crash cleanup order

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An Eden Prairie-based fuel distribution company is among the companies named in a government order assigning responsibility for millions of dollars in cleanup and decontamination costs following the deadly train disaster last month in Lac-Mégantic, Canada.

The Montreal Gazette names Minnesota-based Western Petroleum Company, whose main office is in Miami, as one of the responsible companies. The paper reports it is referring inquiries to its parent company, World Fuel Services.

The Toronto Star reports that the Quebec government has issued an order requiring the companies, not taxpayers, to pick up the tab. In addition to Western Petroleum, the legal notice names the Canadian and American offices of railway company Montreal, Maine & Atlantic. It calls for an environmental assessment of damages caused by the spill and gives the companies seven days to come up with an action plan.

The July 6th disaster happened when a train hauling 72 cars of North Dakota crude oil hurtled into the city, killing 47. Five bodies still haven't been found in the wreckage. Transportation safety officials are trying to determine what led to the runaway train derailing and exploding in Canada’s worst railroad accident in more than a century.

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