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Waste water spills into Mississippi River after power outage

A massive amount of untreated sewage found its way into the Mississippi River Wednesday.

The spill, which happened at an MSD Treatment Plant in North St. Louis, released 3.5 million gallons of wastewater. Officials with the Metropolitan Sewer District say the plant suffered a power outage just after noon on Wednesday. Within two hours, officials say they restored power and operations resumed.

MSD says any spill is unacceptable, but they are confident there is a minimal risk to the health of people or the environment. The spill occurred in a part of the river not commonly used for recreation and drinking water suppliers commonly test for bacteria. An incident report has been filed with the Department of Natural Resources.

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