June 06, 2006 16:02 ET

CN information update on Quebec derailment

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - June 6, 2006) - CN is making steady progress in addressing the environmental impact of a train derailment that resulted in the release of gasoline and diesel fuel on land and into the Riviere du Loup near Charette, Que., on June 4, 2006.

- Booms placed in the river have halted the migration of petroleum products on the water from the derailment site. Approximately 3,500 feet of booms are now in the river.

- CN continues to recover the products from the water and the on-land site where the derailment occurred.

- Control measures are being taken to prevent birds coming in contact with contaminated water.

- CN's assessment of site conditions indicates the spill will not have any long-term environmental impact.

- CN is working closely with officials of the federal and Quebec governments on environmental matters.

- CN will continue clean-up efforts as long as necessary to mitigate the impact of the spill on the environment.

- An estimated 200,000 litres of petroleum products spilled from four tank cars after the derailment, of which an estimated 100,000 litres of product entered the Riviere du Loup.

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