News Release 180

Department investigating asbestos covered pipes dumped in Jefferson County

Volume 38-180 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MARCH 30, 2010 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is investigating the discovery of nearly 30 asbestos-covered pipes illegally dumped near a Jefferson County creek.

The department was contacted this afternoon by an official with the Jefferson County Health Department concerning the discovery of the pipes by a Stream Team that had been working on Plattin Creek in DeSoto.

The department dispatched a state on-scene coordinator from its emergency response office in Eureka to the site. An investigation of the site determined that the pipes appeared to have been illegally dumped. The area in general appeared to have been the site of considerable illegal dumping.

At the time of the investigation, the ownership of the property was still in question. That determination will play a role in how the pipes and other illegally dumped trash is removed.

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