Lyon County cleans up spill in Cottonwood River

Cottonwood River

EMPORIA, Kansas (AP) – Lyon County authorities are investigating to determine the source of a substance that leaked into the Cottonwood River over the weekend.

Authorities at first believed the substance discovered in the river Sunday afternoon was some type of oil but later determined it was a naturally-occurring substance that was not hazardous or toxic. Lyon County officials say the river water quality was not damaged.

Hazardous waste teams from Emporia and Topeka, as well as several county, state and federal agencies, responded to the spill or were involved in testing the material.

The exact material involved has not been determined. Officials also don’t know where it originated.

The Emporia water department confirmed the water is safe for drinking and all use provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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