OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) – Residents in Eddyville will continue to shelter in place until Thursday morning. Tim Richmond, the Wapello County Emergency Management Director says there were two tanks involved that had hydrochloric involved. He says one tank Hazardous Materials crews were able to shut off, but the second tank was still leaking due to a problem with the value. Richmond says the chemical in the second tank is being drained into a concrete container and will be handled from there.
Due to the chemical spill, the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont School District will have a two-hour delay on Thursday morning.
The chemicals spill happened at the Ajinomoto Plant, located along Highway 137, just west of the Des Moines River. Officials said they are looking at a rail car and a malfunctioning valve as a possible cause for the leak, which has been described as acid.
Emergency responders said an assessment of the situation to determine the extent of the hazard. The sheriff’s office said once an all-clear is given, they’ll use media and emergency alerts to alert residents. The Eddyville-Blakesburg-Freemont Community School District announced there will be a two-hour delay for classes – at minimum – Thursday morning due to the chemical spill.
Officials said the situation will impact traffic along Highway 137, Highway 63/163, and Monroe Wapello Road.
Ajinomoto Animal Nutrition North America, Inc. (AANA) is part of the Animal Nutrition Division of Ajinomoto headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Operations at the Eddyville facility began in 1986. The company said it makes feed-grade amino acids that are used as supplements in swine, poultry, and dairy cattle feed.
No injuries have been reported.
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