Quarantine lifted in NB rail leak

by The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

SAINT JOHN, NB—New Brunswick’s JD Irving says a quarantine has been lifted after it was determined that a powdery substance that leaked from a rail container is a not a hazardous material.

Six people were quarantined at NB Southern Railway’s distribution centre after the powdery substance was discovered during a routine inspection of a container car Wednesday morning.

J.D. Irving spokesman Geoff Britt says several series of tests determined that the substance is the pest control agent known as phostoxin.

Britt says people exposed to high amounts of the substance can experience illness within a few hours.

But he says all six people are feeling fine, so the quarantine was lifted late Wednesday night.