After another conflict in June involving the sale of a tractor, King wrote in one entry: “The only thing that is clear in the tractor sale story is that the words of Dwayne Thrasher are unreliable.”
‘When it blows’
The Clear Creek Farm in Macon County, formerly known as the Elmer Sow Complex or Cooper Pork Farm under a previous owner, had been the subject of a state permit, which was terminated at Thrasher’s request in 2014, according to the state inspection report.
The permit had been necessary because of past “environmental issues,” the report said, but Thrasher wanted to terminate the permit because the complex wasn’t keeping enough animals to require such a permit.
The Shelby County facility, meanwhile, had never been inspected or investigated by the Northeast Regional Office, Water Pollution Compliance Unit, records show.
King, in his receiver’s report, said Thrasher told him in an email at about 7:30 a.m. on April 21 that “a swine manure lagoon was overflowing” at the Thrashers’ Macon County site, Clear Creek Farm.
Discharges from that property flow to a tributary of Huckleberry Creek, which eventually flows into the Chariton River.
King said he called the DNR’s emergency hotline at 7:55 a.m. to report it. By 10 a.m., he said he and the DNR “agreed upon a response plan” and that he was on his way to the site from Kansas City. King met the DNR environmental specialist and an employee of the Thrasher operation at the site at 1:30 p.m., he reported.