News Release 421

Department overseeing fuel leak cleanup at Camden County convenience store

Volume 38-421 (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 Camden County convenience store.

The department was contacted this morning by the Camden County HAZMAT Team reporting fuel leaching from under the parking lot of Barry’s Z-Mart, Highway 7 and Route Z, Climax Springs.

The department dispatched an environmental emergency responder from Jefferson City to the scene. The department also contacted the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Division of Weights and Measures. An investigation found at least one of the fuel lines at the convenience store to be leaking.

The department has engaged an environmental contractor to conduct the cleanup. The department will also be determining how much of the fuel entered a local waterway and what environmental damage may have been caused. 

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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