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Cargill pork plant spills waste water into Des Moines River

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The Cargill pork possessing plant in Ottumwa says that waste water from the facility has spilled into the Des Moines River.

According to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Cargill Meat Solutions workers were trying to fix a control panel that broke at about 7 p.m. on Monday that allowed waste water to back up and bypass the plant’s water treatment system.

Officials estimate about 20,000 gallons of untreated water containing hog parts, blood and manure washed into a storm sewer that then flows into the river.

The DNR has workers using a backup pump to remove the waste until the control panel is fixed.

Environmental Specialist Jim Kacer says the DNR is continuing to monitor the situation.

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