News Release 453

Department of Natural Resources responds to leaking acid from truck accident in Kansas City

Volume 37-453 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Judd Slivka

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., NOV. 30, 2009 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources this morning was called to the scene of a tanker truck accident that has resulted in the loss of an estimated 500 gallons of hydrochloric acid in Kansas City.

The department was notified this morning that a tanker truck carrying an estimated 45,000 pounds of hydrochorlic acid overturned at approximately 7:15 a.m. on the northbound ramp of the Paseo Bridge near I-35 and Front Street in Kansas City and began leaking.

First responders to the scene have established containment of the spill, and none is reported to have reached the nearby Missouri River. As of 9:30 a.m. the rate of the leak had also began to slow.

A crew from the department's Environmental Emergency Response section is on the scene of the accident this morning overseeing the continued containment and cleanup of the acid, as well as the offloading of the remaining acid in the tanker to a new tanker. That process is expected to take several hours.

The department is working with responders from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as well as hazmat responders from several local fire departments. The trucking company, Occidental Chemical Corp, Wichita, Kans., has also hired an environmental contractor to conduct the cleanup.

To report an environmental emergency, including releases resulting from traffic accidents, please contact the Department of Natural Resources' spill line at 573-634-2436.

To report a non-emergency environmental concern, contact the nearest regional office. A map of regional office locations and contact information is available online at For more information contact the Department at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-3443, or visit the department's Web page at