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No penalties likely in Franklin County manure spill

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HAMPTON - Nutrient Solutions of Webster City will likely not be penalized for a manure spill caused last week when its driver lost control of a hog manure tanker and landed upside down in a wetland owned by the Franklin County Conservation Board.

About 8,000 gallons of manure spilled into the wetland in the accident on Sept. 30, about a half-mile north of Highway 3 on Killdeer Avenue.

Nutrient Systems built a containment barrier to prevent the manure from entering Spring Creek, which runs through the wetland and flows into Beeds Lake State Park, Department of Natural Resources spokesman Kevin Baskins said Monday.

He said there will probably be no fines, as the company acted so quickly to contain the spill - which was contained within the wetland area.

"They really went above and beyond to alleviate the environmental threat," Baskins said. "We can't say enough about what they've done to remediate the problem."

A dam was placed in a road ditch and an oxbow of the wetland.

Contaminated soil is being moved to a nearby field.

- By Richard Johnson

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