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November 9, 2013

Hazardous mercury spill reported at ADM

Herald Staff Report

CLINTON — Archer Daniels Midland in Clinton reported on Wednesday a hazardus material spill at the corn processing plant on Lincolnway.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reports that more than a pound of toxic mercury spilled onto the ground and into the company’s 1,400 foot deep well, in the Jordan aquifer when a contractor was pulling a submersible pump from the well and the mercury seal in the pump broke.

The pump where the seal broke holds 17.25 pounds of mercury.

After the report of the spill, DNR officers removed the soil impacted and soil testing is planned. Approximately more than a pound of mercury has been recovered.

The submersible pump is now being shipped off to be repaired and officials are verifying the amount of mercury remaining in the pump.

A specialized contractor in mercury recovery in wells has consulted with ADM and has been hired to recover the mercury that spilled into the well.

There has been no repots of injury or evacuations from the plant or surrounding areas and the DNR is monitoring the situation.

and will take appropriate enforcement action.

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