The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) responded to a report of a wastewater spill into the storm sewers in Storm Lake on Saturday, Oct. 8. A lift station pump failure at the Tyson Fresh Meats pork plant caused a power failure at two other lift stations and approximately 1,000 gallons of wastewater overflowed into the sewer system. Tyson staff responded by shutting down production while they identified the problem and were able to restore the lift stations to operation. The City of Storm Lake also responded to the spill and were able to contain some of the wastewater, which was pumped into the sanitary sewer system. However, it is unknown how much of the wastewater entered the lake near the intersection of Flindt and Lakeshore Drives. The DNR is considering appropriate enforcement actions.
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