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Published September 30, 2009, 12:00 AM

Pipestone dairy fined for May manure spill

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has fined a Pipestone County dairy $10,000 for a 252,000-gallon manure spill that caused a fish kill.

By: Associated Press, Worthington Daily Globe

ST. PAUL (AP) — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has fined a Pipestone County dairy $10,000 for a 252,000-gallon manure spill that caused a fish kill.

The spill at Pater Dairy, which is seven miles south of Pipestone, happened on May 5 but wasn’t reported to the state until May 13.

The MPCA said a pipe between two manure storage basins became plugged and caused the manure-contaminated water to overflow. After the spill was reported, the dairy owner used pumps, earthen berms and pumps to contain and recover some of the manure.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in May temporarily closed the nearby Split Rock Creek State Park swimming beach as a result of the incident.

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