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DNR: More than 1 pound of mercury spilled at Clinton corn plant

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More than a pound of highly toxic mercury was spilled at a corn processing plant in eastern Iowa, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The mercury was spilled Wednesday at an Archer Daniels Midland Company plant in Clinton, the agency said in a news release Friday.

The spill occurred as a contractor was pulling a submersible pump from a 1,400-foot-deep well. A seal broke, allowing mercury to fall onto the ground and into the well.

More a pound of mercury was recovered from the soil. The submersible motor is being sent for repairs and to determine how much mercury remains in the motor.

The company has hired a contractor to recover mercury released into the well.

Mercury can cause severe kidney and neurological problems in people.

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