- Associated Press - Monday, April 4, 2016

MURRAY, Iowa (AP) - State officials are investigating a manure spill that has reached the Thompson River in southern Iowa.

Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources say Monday that the spill occurred about eight miles south of Murray after a pipe broke at a Swine Graphics Enterprises hog plant. The manure was being transferred from building pits to an outdoor basin when the transfer pipe broke and released an unknown amount of manure.

Officials say the manure traveled over land to a farm pond, which overflowed and ran into a small stream. The contaminated water flowed 2.5 miles to reach the Thompson River.

Swine Graphics staff have worked to stop the manure release.

DNR officials did not find any dead fish after taking water samples and checking the affected bodies of water.

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