DNR to decide on penalty for UM acid spill

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources hasn't decided yet if it will penalize the University of Missouri for the release of about 25 gallons of sulfuric acid.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that a maintenance worker accidently dumped the acid into a stormwater drain that flowed into a Flat Branch tributary. A dam was placed in the tributary to prevent contaminants from reaching Flat Branch.

DNR records show that the September spill was contained, but that some wildlife were killed by the acid.

DNR has cited the university for not properly training employees in charge of disposing of the old water tanks containing sulfuric acid. But the university says it has instituted some policy changes to prevent a future incident and asks that no formal sanctions be issued.


Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune,