Dairy Manure Release Agassiz

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Incident Description

Incident Date February 14, 2021
Name Dairy Manure Release Agassiz
Source Manure Storage Tank
Nearest Community Agassiz
Spilled Content Manure
Who is involved? B.C. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (ENV), District of Kent, Fraser Valley Regional District, local First Nations, First Nations Health Authority and Lower Mainland Health Authority, Ministry of Agriculture, Environment and Climate Change Canada, B.C. Dairy Association

Response Phase Detail

The responsible person or spiller is legally required to clean-up or manage the clean-up of a spill. In incidents where the responsible person is unknown, unable or unwilling to manage the clean up, the Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy (ENV) may assume the role. The updates below reflect the Ministry’s oversight of the spillers’ actions; details describe the spill response phase, only, and not the complete lifecycle of the spill. See More Information for other related reports. 

Updates are in reverse chronological order, with the most recent at the top. Industry-specific language may be explained in the Glossary of Terms (PDF).

Most Recent Update

February 14, 2021 - 3:15pm

At 3:15 pm, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (ENV) was notified of a manure storage tank failure at a dairy farm in Agassiz. The tank was holding approximately 6,056,660 liters of liquid manure. An unknown volume of material entered a nearby ditch with downstream connection to a watercourse. Mitigation measures have been introduced to prevent further release into the environment, the source of the failure has been contained, and material is no longer being released. Upcoming measures to utilize the spilled materials are being examined. 

No further updates for this incident are anticipated at this time.