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EPA Encourages Farmers in Iowa Flood Areas to Report Orphan Containers

Release Date: 07/09/2008
Contact Information: Dianna Whitaker, 913-551-7598,

Environmental News

    (Kansas City, Kan., July 9, 2008) - Recent flooding may have scattered tanks, drums, cylinders and barrels onto private properties and farmland throughout flooded areas in Iowa. These items may contain hazardous materials such as propane and industrial chemicals and should only be handled by trained professionals.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been tasked by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate hazardous material recovery throughout Iowa. EPA is working closely with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to identify and retrieve orphan containers that were swept away by flood waters in Iowa.

    Iowa residents are encouraged to report orphaned hazardous containers by calling the Iowa Department of Natural Resources hotline at 515-281-8694 for proper disposal.

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