On May 14, 2009, the EPA R7 Duty Officer was notified by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) of a waste oil spill that occurred on the evening of May 13, 2009. The spill occurred near Brewington Avenue and Highway B in Kirksville, Missouri, and was affecting a tributary of the North Fork of the Salt River. The spill was estimated at 50 gallons and caught in debris in the tributary for about 1/2 mile. The spill appeared to be caused by the severe weather and a tornado that occurred in the area. A source could not be found, and heavy rain appeared to have washed away traces of where the spill originated. The Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund was opened by the EPA R7 Duty Officer. After further reconnaissance by MDNR, more oil was found downstream and the estimation of oil in the waterway was raised to 200 gallons. MDNR has taken the lead clean-up role at this site.
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