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April 21, 2017
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon officials say Tillamook Bay has reopened to commercial shellfish harvesting after it was closed because of a massive spill of liquid manure.
Wym Mathews of the Oregon Department of Agriculture tells The Statesman Journal the estimated 190,000 gallons of manure that went to the bay came from the Tony Silveira Dairy after the valve of an above-ground storage tank broke.
The manure pooled in a field near the dairy barns before traveling into a slough that connects to a drainage system that pumps water into the Tillamook River. It then entered the bay.
ODA received reports of the spill in the middle of last week.
Mathews says the dairy likely will be cited and possibly fined. It has operated in Tillamook County for about six years and has not had any previous enforcement actions.
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