Wet weather means no access to sulphuric acid spill today
POLICE have advised wet weather is delaying access to the site where a freight train carrying sulfuric acid derailed approximately 20kms east of Julia Creek.
Access continues to be a priority, however advice from other emergency services, Queensland Rail, government and industry partners indicates this will not be achieved today.
The Queensland Police recived updated information yesterday that the train was transporting approximately 819,000 litres of sulfuric acid when it derailed on December 27.
An emergency declaration and two kilometre exclusion zone remains in place under the Public Safety Preservation Act to assist emergency services manage the scene, which includes the construction of a safe structure to allow salvage crews access to the crash site.
Current access to the nearby township of Julia Creek for salvage crews is by vehicle from Mt Isa to Cloncurry and helicopter to Julia Creek.
The use of drones and other technology is assisting with access, monitoring and mapping of the crash site.
The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) have advised that water quality monitoring has increased in intensity.
The Department have also advised of an emerging concern about an increased adverse impact on the nearby Horse Creek. EHP are currently looking at strategies to neutralise the acid.
The Flinders Highway remains closed in both directions between Julia Creek and Richmond as a result of flooding and the exclusion zone.
It is anticipated that the exclusion zone will be in place for least another 48hrs.
The Queensland Police Service continues to work with other emergency services, Queensland Rail, government and industry partners to manage the situation.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.