Nearly 30,000 gallons of animal waste from farm released into creek in Bladen County
BLADEN COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - Nearly 30,000 gallons of hog waste was released from a lagoon in Bladen County.
“The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Division of Water Resources (DWR) is investigating the release of animal waste from Murphy-Brown Farm 7692 (AWS090129) in Bladen County,” a release from DEQ stated. “Clean-up efforts are underway.”
According to a DEQ representative, the discharge from 11486 Old Fayetteville Road, near Ammon, impacted Little Turnbull Creek, which flows into Turnbull Creek.
DWR was notified of a pipe failure Friday night which led to the release of the waste.
“DWR staff conducted an on-site investigation. Waste was observed approximately 0.69 miles from the secondary containment on the facility. Waste in the creek appeared to be contained in the area by a beaver dam,” the release said.
Crews pumped waste from the creek starting on Friday night and completed their work on Monday morning. Samples have been taken at five locations and lab results are expected by the end of the week, according to the DWR.
DWR is continuing to inspect the site as the clean-up continues and will take action depending on the results of the investigation.
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