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Sun May 18, 2014, 09:47 AM

Multiple Toxic Waste Hazards @ Headwaters Of Pristine MO Ozarks River; 1st Inspection Took 12 Years


In a Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure plan prepared in 2009, Coastal Energy president David Montgomery claimed that the company posed no substantial harm to the environment. This was despite the company having a nearly 2.8 million gallon capacity to store ethanol, liquid asphalt, diesel fuel and other chemicals just 200 feet from the headwaters of the Eleven Point.

Four years have passed since the company drafted its spill prevention plan, also known as an SPCC. In February, EPA inspectors arrived and tallied up a list of threats to the environment, essentially reversing Coastal Energy’s claim.

The EPA found that employees at the facility haven’t been properly trained to manage spills; tank inspection records lack substance; and the earthen barrier that is supposed to block chemicals from entering the river has gaps and is smaller than what the company claimed.

The company was also automatically pumping stormwater onto an adjacent field without first inspecting the water for contamination, thce EPA found. “I’m a little in freak-out mode,” Kruzen said. “All it would take is a few rivets to pop, an accidental train derailment to hcappen there, or some other mishap. We certainly know of such incidents these days.” Coastal Energy representatives did not respond to multiple requests for comment.



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