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Fertilizer spill at Coulter.
Posted: May 15 2013 by ppowers

 An estimated 800 gallons of 28 percent liquid nitrogen fertilizer spilled at a Franklin County farm supply facility in Coulter at about 5:00 Monday afternoon. The spill occurred as an employee of AG Vantage FS opened the wrong valve while filling a tanker. Staff at the farm supply acted quickly to contain the spill, but about 650 gallons reached a tile inlet that drains into Maynes Creek,a drainage ditch on the south side of Coulter. AG Vantage FS built a dam across the drainage ditch and pumped out 6,000 gallons of contaminated water, applying it to nearby agricultural land. The DNR inspected the stream Monday night and found five small dead fish. On Tuesday, DNR staff members tracked the fertilizer as it moved downstream. By mid afternoon Tuesday,the fertilizer had flowed about 5.5 miles downstream and no additional dead fish had been found. However field test kits show ammonia levels in the water are high enough to kill the fish. The DNR will continue to monitor the stream and the ongoing cleanup efforts. The DNR will also consider appropriate enforcement action as a result of the incident.

 An estimated 800 gallons of 28 percent liquid nitrogen fertilizer spilled at a Franklin County farm supply facility in Coulter at about 5:00 Monday afternoon. The spill occurred as an employee of AG Vantage FS opened the wrong valve while filling a tanker. Staff at the farm supply acted quickly to contain the spill, but about 650 gallons reached a tile inlet that drains into Maynes Creek,a drainage ditch on the south side of Coulter. AG Vantage FS built a dam across the drainage ditch and pumped out 6,000 gallons of contaminated water, applying it to nearby agricultural land. The DNR inspected the stream Monday night and found five small dead fish. On Tuesday, DNR staff members tracked the fertilizer as it moved downstream. By mid afternoon Tuesday,the fertilizer had flowed about 5.5 miles downstream and no additional dead fish had been found. However field test kits show ammonia levels in the water are high enough to kill the fish. The DNR will continue to monitor the stream and the ongoing cleanup efforts. The DNR will also consider appropriate enforcement action as a result of the incident.

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