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Cleanup Underway Following Wastewater Discharge in Storm Lake

January 19, 2022 1:21pm

Environmental issues are not expected after a small amount of wastewater flowed into Storm Lake early this (Wed) morning.

According to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the discharge originated at Tyson Foods, and flowed into a storm sewer around 2:25am. The discharge ended just over a half-hour later. The wastewater discharge was likely caused by a pump failure in the Tyson plant at 1009 Richland Drive.

The storm sewer empties into a storm water detention basin about a block north of Storm Lake, where Tyson staff began pumping it up. Approximately 16-thousand 500 gallons was released. Tyson staff are working to estimate how much wastewater got into the lake.

Tyson Foods released a statement late this (Wed) afternoon...

"We took immediate action to contain the accidental release of water from the plant and are working cooperatively with city and state officials as we continue to implement our containment and cleanup measures and further evaluate the matter."

Tyson Foods and the City of Storm Lake collected water samples for testing. The DNR is monitoring the cleanup, and will consider appropriate enforcement actions.