News Release 318

Department responds to Cole County convenience store fuel leak

Volume 38-318 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer
573-751-3807/573-619-1403 (after hours)

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MAY 28, 2010 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is directing the cleanup of an unknown amount of diesel fuel that leaked from a Cole County convenience store.

The department was notified this morning of a possible diesel fuel leak at the Junction U-NN Quick Shop convenience store, 11816 Lookout Trail, Centertown.

Emergency responders dispatched from Jefferson City found diesel fuel seeping up through cracks in the concrete and flowing into a nearby road ditch. Initial steps were taken to absorb the fuel that was visible and prevent it from flowing farther.

The initial investigation suggests that an above-ground storage tank at the site has lost a significant amount of fuel underground. The department has ordered the store owner to begin a cleanup at the site under department supervision.

Because the likely source was an above-ground storage tank, the Department of Agriculture was advised, and officials from that department ordered the sale of diesel fuel at the site be halted. Missouri law places regulation of above-ground storage tanks with the Department of Agriculture.

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 dnr.mo.gov.

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