News Release 420

Florissant convenience store leaks fuel into local storm sewer

Volume 38-420 (For immediate release)
Contact: Larry Archer
573-751-3807

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JULY 22, 2010 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is overseeing the cleanup of fuel leaked from a Florissant convenience store.

The department was contacted this morning by staff of the Metropolitan Sewer District, who reported a strong smell of gasoline in a storm sewer at No. 4 St. John Road in Florissant.

The department dispatched a state on-scene coordinator from its emergency response station in Eureka, who discovered gasoline and high levels of gas vapors in the storm sewer. The storm sewer has been flushed with water and ventilated to prevent future vapor build-up. Absorbent booms were placed in the sewer to capture the gasoline.

Sewer district staff identified the Circle K station at 1545 S. New Florissant Road as the source of the leak. An investigation of the site found a leak in a hose leading to a pump. The company has shut down the pump and hired an environmental contractor to conduct the cleanup under department oversight.

The department’s environmental emergency responders are called to the scene of more than 300 emergencies each year, including leaking storage tanks, fires, traffic accidents and other incidents that could negatively affect the environment. 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 www.dnr.mo.gov.

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