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Iowa DNR: 1,500 tons of liquid nitrogen fertilizer spilled into southwest Iowa river

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Cleanup efforts are underway after a large amount of fertilizer was spilled into a southwest Iowa river.

The Iowa DNR says New Cooperative in Red Oak notified the agency early Monday morning that approximately 1,500 tons of liquid nitrogen fertilizer was discharged into a drainage ditch and it later reached the East Nishnabotna River.

The DNR says the release occurred due to a valve left open on an aboveground storage tank in the overnight hours.

Iowa DNR: 1,500 tons of liquid nitrogen fertilizer spilled into southwest Iowa river