News Release 246

Department of Natural Resources oversees diesel cleanup following truck accident in Livingston County

Volume 38-246 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, APRIL 21, 2010 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is directing the cleanup of diesel fuel following a truck accident this morning in Livingston County.

The department was notified at 8:30 a.m. by the Chillicothe Fire Department concerning an accident involving two tractor-trailers. The accident resulted in the release of an undetermined amount of diesel fuel into a ditch and a culvert that leads to an unnamed creek.

The department dispatched an environmental emergency responder from its regional office in Macon to the scene to prevent the further spread of the fuel and to oversee the cleanup.

The department’s 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 1,600 incident reports annually.

To report an environmental emergency, including fuel spills, 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