News Release 398

Faulty valve leads to liquid asphalt release in Mississippi County

Volume 38-398 (For immediate release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JULY 7, 2010 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is directing the cleanup of an estimated 3,500 gallons of liquid asphalt released   when a valve on the truck delivering the material malfunctioned Tuesday evening in Mississippi County.

The department was notified late Tuesday night by an official with the Missouri Department of Transportation that a truck delivering the asphalt to a MoDOT facility in Charleston lost its entire load when a valve broke or otherwise malfunctioned.

The asphalt flowed into a nearby 250-square-foot marshy area, but steps were taken to prevent it from moving farther. The department dispatched an environmental emergency responder from its regional office in Poplar Bluff to assess the environmental damage and oversee the cleanup.

The delivery contractor, Eagle Valley Trucking, Shawnee Town, Ill., has hired an environmental contractor to conduct the cleanup under department oversight.

The department’s Environmental Emergency Response section is called to the scene of more than 300 emergencies each year, including traffic accidents, fires, leaking storage tanks and other incidents that could have a negative effect on the environment. 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