News Release 150

Department overseeing fuel leak at Jasper County truck stop

Volume 38-150 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MARCH 24, 2010 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is overseeing removal of an undetermined amount of released diesel fuel from a Jasper County truck stop and investigating the source of the release.

An environmental emergency responder was dispatched from the department’s office in Springfield today to Flying J Truck Plaza, located at 11570 Route FF in Joplin. The department determined fuel had leaked underground into a number of observation monitoring wells and sumps at the truck stop.

After inspecting the site, the responder required a vacuum truck be mobilized to begin collecting the released fuel. The responder also issued a hazardous substance emergency declaration to the facility, which is cooperating with the department to recover fuel and locate any source for the release. A product recovery and release investigation was continuing through late Wednesday afternoon.

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