News Release 469

Department of Natural Resources oversees cleanup of lead spill near Farmington

Volume 37-469 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Judd Slivka

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, DEC. 7, 2009 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is overseeing the cleanup of lead concentrate in St. Francois County following a truck accident this morning.

The department's Environmental Emergency Response section was contacted at about 7:30 a.m. by a representative of A&K Trucking, Mineral Springs, who reported one of the company's trucks had overturned about 7 a.m. on Highway 221 near Route W near Farmington, spilling approximately 5 tons of lead concentrate on the ground.

The trucking company has hired an environmental contractor to conduct the cleanup, and the department has dispatched a state on-scene coordinator from its Southeast Regional Office in Poplar Bluff to provide assistance and oversee the cleanup.

The Environmental Emergency Response section is called to the scene of more than 300 emergencies each year, including fires, traffic accidents, leaking storage tanks and other incidents that could have a negative environmental impact. The department's 24-hour spill line receives more than 2,000 incident reports annually.

To report an environmental emergency, please contact the spill line at 573-634-2436. For more information contact the Missouri Department of Natural Resources at 1-800-361-4827 or (573) 751-3443, or visit the department's Web page at