Cargill pork plant in Ottumwa spills wastewater

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OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) - A pork processing plant in Ottumwa has reported a spill of wastewater into the Des Moines River.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says Cargill Meat Solutions workers were attempting to repair a control panel when it shorted out at around 7 p.m. Monday allowing wastewater to back up and bypass the plant’s treatment system.

About 20,000 gallons of untreated wastewater which typically includes hog parts, blood, and manure washed into a storm sewer which flows into the river.

DNR Environmental Specialist Jim Kacer says workers had a backup pump operating within about 12 minutes and it continues to operate until the control panel can be repaired.

He says the DNR continues to monitor the situation.

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