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Equipment failure at Storm Lake plant results in wastewater discharge

STORM LAKE, Iowa (KTIV) -- An equipment failure at Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. in Storm Lake early Wednesday morning, resulted in a release of untreated wastewater. That's according to our media partner KUOO radio.

Tyson estimated about 10,000 gallons of wastewater was discharged into the city's storm sewers before it could be stopped. The storm sewers empty into a detention pond near East Lakeshore Drive and Flindt Drive in Storm Lake.

City crews have been working to pump out that pond, to prevent the wastewater from getting into Storm Lake. However, city leaders say an unknown amount of the wastewater likely did reach the lake.

Water samples have been collected to test for any contamination. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says it will "consider appropriate enforcement action."

KTIV Staff

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