- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

VILLISCA, Iowa (AP) - An unknown amount of ammonia has entered a small unnamed tributary of the West Nodaway River in southwest Iowa.

The state Department of Natural Resources says the anhydrous ammonia was released from the United Farmers Mercantile Co-op in Villisca between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning. It went into a city storm sewer before entering the tributary.

DNR officials detected high concentrations of ammonia throughout the tributary to the river, but no fish kill has been reported.

Co-op employees are pumping contaminated water out of the tributary. They are also pumping contaminated water from an on-site pit.

The case remains under investigation.

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