News Release 495

Department responds to odor in Liberty

Volume 37-495 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Renee Bungart

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, DEC. 21, 2009 -- The Department of Natural Resources investigated a strong odor in rural Clay County just south of Liberty, after the Liberty Fire Chief notified the department's Environmental Emergency Response spill line of the issue.

The department's Kansas City Regional Office responded to the area to investigate the odor concern last Thursday, Dec. 18. Staff determined excessive odors were coming from the Missouri Organics composting farm in rural Clay County, located at 5923 Nebo Hills Road near Liberty. The facility is owned by the Missouri Organics. The department documented two odor violations and issued a notice of excess emissions for the violations to the five-acre facility.

The department previously inspected the facility on Oct. 6. During this inspection, the department did not detect any odor off-site. The department will continue to monitor the situation at different times throughout the year to determine if additional odor issues may arise that violates Missouri's odor regulations.

In 2005, the department awarded Missouri Organics a grant of $121,606 for a dump truck and materials to construct the composting pad. This composting operation receives industrial and institutional food and organic wastes and yard waste from the Kansas City area.

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