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EPA officials concerned about chemicals leaking into the Ohio

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EPA officials are keeping an eye on the Ohio River Thursday night.

The EPA says it appears that hazardous chemicals from a train derailment fire near Louisville have not reached the river, but they're continuing to monitor those concerns.

The chemical Butadeine has been leaking out of a tanker car since it derailed Monday.

But now that fire crews are dousing it with water, there are concerns that the chemical could be carried away and into the Ohio.

Thursday night, it appears that's not happening.

Initial tests of soil at the derailment site show nearly no signs of contamination according to Roger Johnson at the Evansville Water Utility.

Johnson says teams are testing soil and water samples and will continue to do so in the coming days.

Right now, he says there is no danger to drinking water and no alerts have been issued.

Fire continues to burn at the site and three workers were injured Wednesday after a cutting torch ignited vapors at the site of Monday's derailment.

"There will be a full-blown investigation into current water quality conditions," said Art Smith with the EPA. "If anything is discovered, we'll report it out, not only to the public, but to the downstream water users so they can be aware of what the conditions might be."

Thursday night, crews are trying to contain the runoff into the Ohio using a dam...

The EPA says they'll continue to monitor the situation in the coming days.

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