Mercury Spill Reported at ADM of Clinton
CLINTON — ADM corn processing of Clinton reported a pound plus mercury spill Nov. 6 on the ground and into the company’s 1400-ft. deep well in the Jordan aquifer.
A contractor was pulling a submersible pump from the well and the mercury seal in the pump broke. The pump where the seal broke holds 17.25 pounds of mercury.
Soil impacted by the mercury spill has been removed and soil testing is planned. Approximately over a pound of mercury has been recovered. The submersible motor is being shipped off to fix the motor and verify the amount of mercury remaining in the motor.
A specialized contractor in mercury recovery in wells has consulted with the company and has been hired to recover the mercury released into the well.
Mercury is a very toxic element that causes severe kidney and neurological health problems when consumed or inhaled by humans either directly or indirectly.
The DNR is monitoring the situation and will take appropriate enforcement action.