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Iowa DNR responds to fire at Eddyville composting facility

Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources
Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources(KCRG)
Published: May. 3, 2021 at 5:10 PM CDT
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EDDYVILLE, Iowa (KYOU) - Local fire departments responded to a large fire at Chamness Technology, Inc, south of Eddyville on Saturday afternoon.

DNR staff was on-site on Monday, May 3rd responding to the fire and reports that Palestine Creek was turning black.

Staff believes the fire started in a stockpile of shredded landscape waste from the August derecho.

They were told the original fire likely spread to an adjacent pile of wooden pallets.

DNR staff found what appears to be leachate (water that has percolated through a solid and leached out some of the constituents) in Palestine Creek, a tributary of the Des Moines River.

They collected water samples for laboratory testing. DNR has taken enforcement action against the facility for past leachate discharges into Palestine Creek.

Chamness Technology staff and a private contractor are setting up pumps to pull water and leachate from the creek and lagoons. The wastewater will be land applied.

DNR will continue to monitor the cleanup and progress, and consider appropriate enforcement action.

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