Sewage released into Finley River in southwest Missouri

Friday, June 18, 2010 | 1:09 p.m. CDT

OZARK — State regulators say a power outage at a wastewater treatment facility in Ozark dumped 162,000 gallons of partially treated sewage into a southwest Missouri river.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources said the spill into the Finley River occurred after a power outage at the plant between 5:30 and 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The department has told the city of Ozark to begin routine sampling of the water around the area where the overflow entered the river.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that the city will continue daily sampling until results return to normal.

Any future enforcement action will be based on a city report, test results and other information that might become available.

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