Pig waste leak getting cleaned up

1 year 3 months 6 days ago Thursday, December 14 2017 Dec 14, 2017 Thursday, December 14, 2017 3:45:00 PM CST December 14, 2017 in News
By: Daniel Esteve, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

AUDRAIN COUNTY – One Missouri farmer is righting his wrong following a pig waste leakage into a nearby creek. 

Dale Brinker finished cleaning his farm before leaving on a rare vacation with his wife. He closed up shop and took off, but, when he came back, he had an issue.

“[Before leaving,] I had accidently, it was my fault, flipped the wrong switch and it turned a recharge pump on which pumps water back from the lagoon into the pits,” Brinker said.  “My nephew was here, and he noticed that there was lagoon water back [in the pen].”

The lagoon water holds waste from the farm’s pig facilities. A cracked pipe allowed that lagoon water to trickle down the field into a small stream ditch below the property.

“As soon as we found out about that, I, myself, called the DNR and reported it,” Brinker said. 

Brinker reported the incident on Dec. 2. Department of Natural Resources Environmental Scientist Michael Heaton inspected the scene shortly after.

“[The stream] was not flowing. It did not continue to travel down stream,” Heaton said. “Mr. Brinker did notify us and he was proactive about the cleanup process.”

No drinking water contamination was discovered through the DNR’s inspection, according to Heaton. As of right now, the situation is under control, but Heaton said the DNR is in constant contact with Brinker to ensure the mess gets cleaned up.

Meanwhile, Brinker is trying to clean it up.

“We’ve been using a honey wagon to go down in the branch and pump out what we can,” Brinker said. “We are just trying to mitigate the situation and we are following all of the DNR recommendations.”

Brinker understood he would be receiving a significant penalty from the DNR for allowing substances outside of his facilities.

“I hope people can understand we are human, and we make mistakes,” Brinker said. “I hope they don’t judge all pork producers by the mistake I made.”

           

More News

Grid
List
WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday turned over his long-awaited final report on the contentious Russia... More >>
1 hour ago Friday, March 22 2019 Mar 22, 2019 Friday, March 22, 2019 4:23:00 PM CDT March 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Parts of northwest Missouri are being evacuated following severe flooding throughout the day. Officials in St. Joseph... More >>
2 hours ago Friday, March 22 2019 Mar 22, 2019 Friday, March 22, 2019 3:25:00 PM CDT March 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Two lawsuits for discrimination, filed against Columbia Public Schools and a former assistant superintendent, were dismissed Thursday. ... More >>
3 hours ago Friday, March 22 2019 Mar 22, 2019 Friday, March 22, 2019 2:26:00 PM CDT March 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Police were investigating shots fired in the 1000 block of Elleta Blvd. An officer on scene said... More >>
4 hours ago Friday, March 22 2019 Mar 22, 2019 Friday, March 22, 2019 1:48:00 PM CDT March 22, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — More towns are evacuating as the flooded Missouri River seeps over and through busted levees.... More >>
5 hours ago Friday, March 22 2019 Mar 22, 2019 Friday, March 22, 2019 12:38:00 PM CDT March 22, 2019 in News
SALINE COUNTY - A Glasgow woman in jail for a probation violation died Thursday, according to a news release. ... More >>
6 hours ago Friday, March 22 2019 Mar 22, 2019 Friday, March 22, 2019 11:59:00 AM CDT March 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Schools students will have school on the day after Memorial Day, a reversal from the previously... More >>
6 hours ago Friday, March 22 2019 Mar 22, 2019 Friday, March 22, 2019 11:42:00 AM CDT March 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A federal grand jury indicted the man accused of starting a fire at Planned Parenthood on new charges.... More >>
8 hours ago Friday, March 22 2019 Mar 22, 2019 Friday, March 22, 2019 10:11:00 AM CDT March 22, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - An overnight fire at the ABB facility started in the building's exhaust system, according to a news... More >>
8 hours ago Friday, March 22 2019 Mar 22, 2019 Friday, March 22, 2019 9:27:00 AM CDT March 22, 2019 in News
(CNN) - Farmers in parts of Nebraska and Iowa had precious little time to move themselves from the floodwaters that... More >>
12 hours ago Friday, March 22 2019 Mar 22, 2019 Friday, March 22, 2019 5:37:00 AM CDT March 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - City leaders will meet Friday to try to find a solution to the recent spike in gun violence... More >>
12 hours ago Friday, March 22 2019 Mar 22, 2019 Friday, March 22, 2019 5:30:00 AM CDT March 22, 2019 in News
MONITEAU COUNTY - A Moniteau County Sheriff's Office deputy was taken to a local hospital Thursday night after a passenger... More >>
20 hours ago Thursday, March 21 2019 Mar 21, 2019 Thursday, March 21, 2019 10:06:00 PM CDT March 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Candidates in the Columbia mayoral race met Thursday night in the only event being called a 'debate' between... More >>
21 hours ago Thursday, March 21 2019 Mar 21, 2019 Thursday, March 21, 2019 8:54:00 PM CDT March 21, 2019 in News
HALLSVILLE - Lorenzo Moreno was partners with Vincent Valentino at the successful Sarsapilla Speakeasy, until his disappearance two weeks ago.... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, March 21 2019 Mar 21, 2019 Thursday, March 21, 2019 5:43:00 PM CDT March 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new drug designed to specifically treat postpartum depression. The... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, March 21 2019 Mar 21, 2019 Thursday, March 21, 2019 3:21:00 PM CDT March 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Schools is being recognized for its work in improving the mental health of its students and... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, March 21 2019 Mar 21, 2019 Thursday, March 21, 2019 3:15:00 PM CDT March 21, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Authorities have rescued several people stranded by flooding in northwest Missouri as the swollen Missouri River... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, March 21 2019 Mar 21, 2019 Thursday, March 21, 2019 3:08:00 PM CDT March 21, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Mike Parson declared a state of emergency Thursday in response to widespread flooding along the Missouri... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, March 21 2019 Mar 21, 2019 Thursday, March 21, 2019 3:05:00 PM CDT March 21, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 64°
7pm 54°
8pm 51°
9pm 47°
10pm 44°