News Release 113

Department responds to dairy release in Cedar County

Volume 38-113 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer
573-751-3807

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MARCH 10, 2010 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources dispatched staff to a dairy facility in Cedar County this morning to oversee cleanup efforts following the release of dairy waste products into an unnamed waterway.

The department’s emergency response line was notified at 9:18 a.m. of a broken sewer line at Dairi Concepts located at 305 W. Highway 54 in Eldorado Springs.  The broken sewer line spilled into a nearby waterway, turning it a milky white color. The amount of milky sewage lost was not immediately available.

The department dispatched an environmental emergency responder and water pollution specialists from its Southwest Regional Office in Springfield to the scene to investigate and oversee the cleanup. The company has hired Sunbelt Environmental, Springfield, to conduct the cleanup.

The company experienced a similar incident last November. 

The department’s environmental emergency responders are 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 1,600 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 800-361-4827 or 573-751-3443, or visit the department's Web page at dnr.mo.gov.

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