The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency continued to work Thursday to clean up a manure spill at a Fillmore County farm that released up to a million gallons into nearby streams.
MPCA staff, along with farm owner Todd Soiney and neighbors spent much of the week cleaning the pit at Soiney’s farm outside Canton and setting up barriers to prevent further spills. MPCA public information officer Cathy Rofshus said Thursday the MCPA
was confident the pit could handle any additional precipitation that might fall the rest of the week and into the weekend.
Rofshus said spills of this magnitude are very rare. The MPCA doesn’t have an estimate of
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how much manure made it into nearby streams that feed into the Root River, but she said it could be a good portion of the spill.
The Minnesota Duty Officer report on the spill said Soiney notified authorities of the spill about 10 p.m. Sunday evening. Rofshus said because the report indicated the spill was not ongoing, the MPCA did not arrive on scene until Monday morning.
Rofshus said the MPCA’s investigation continues and staff will continue to monitor the site and ensure the manure is managed properly. The MPCA had not issued any fines or citations as of Thursday afternoon.