Clogged line led to massive fertilizer spill to East Nishnabotna River

Source:, May 7, 2024
by: Jared Strong

A farmers’ co-op employee left open a valve on a clogged fertilizer line that — for an unknown reason — became unclogged when no one was present and heavily polluted the East Nishnabotna River in March, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The spill at NEW Cooperative in Red Oak happened over a weekend from March 9 to 11, until it was discovered that Monday morning by co-op employees who were starting their work week. Read more.

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