Air and water quality monitored after Cyanide contamination

By on November 8, 2011

Indiana Officials continue to monitor water and air quality after a fire broke out at an insulation company, which contaminated nearby Junk Ditch and killed a large population of marine-life.

After a fire ignited at Momper Insulation, Indiana’s Department of Environmental Management assured that the public should not be alarmed after it was discovered that water runoff from the flames contained cyanide. Because cyanide can cause bouts of dizziness, nausea, and death within hours of contact, IDEM officials have tested several yards of Junk Ditch and are continuing to monitor through the week.

Although IDEM officials are taking the lead in the investigation, Momper will hire a cleanup company that will filter contaminated portions of the ditch, which will hopefully clear up any traces of cyanide.

Read more at The Journal Gazette

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