Mile-long manure spill nearly cleaned up

CREATED Dec. 3, 2013

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A mile-long trail of manure that spilled from a ruptured pipe from a Dane County biodigester is nearly cleaned up.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports Tuesday that the 300,000-gallon spill happened on Nov. 24. The animal waste spread west from the PPC Partners energy-producing facility, then poured into a ditch system and flowed southeast into Six Mile Creek in Waunakee.

Mark Cain, a state Department of Natural Resources wastewater engineer, says it's not clear how much sewage reached the creek. He says no fish kills have been reported.

Cain says the company has been cooperating with the cleanup, but if it's found to have violated its wastewater permit, it could be fined up to $10,000 a day in addition to other penalties.