The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is investigating a major oil spill that leaked thousands of gallons of fuel into the community.

An employee at AgVantage Farm Supply in Eldora contacted the DNR Friday morning to report the spill.

The DNR says they were contacted around 9 am Friday morning about a spill of 7,500 gallons of unleaded gas from the company’s self-fueling station. The fumes from the incident forced a nearby bank to close all of Friday.

The DNR with the help of Hardin County Emergency Management and AgVantage staff members spent most of the day on-site monitoring the situation.

By Friday afternoon, contractors were removing concrete from the site to determine the exact cause of the leak.

According to the DNR, any contaminated soil will be excavated and taken to the county’s landfill for proper disposal.

Photo by Lance Grandahl on Unsplash
Photo by Lance Grandahl on Unsplash


A wastewater spill from a Tyson Foods pork factory hit storm sewers in Storm Lake earlier this month.

According to a release from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the wastewater began flowing into a storm sewer around 2:45 a.m. and flowed for about a half-hour. The cause was likely a pump failure in the plant.

According to the DNR, the leak released around 16,500 gallons of wastewater however its not known how much of the water reached Storm Lake.

According to Food Manufacturing, water samples from the lake indicate no expected environmental issues from the spill.

According to local news outlets, Tyson released a statement saying

 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.

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