1,000 gallons of sugar water spilled into Mississippi River

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One-thousand gallons of sugar water was reportedly released into the Mississippi River at Keokuk, Iowa.

A statement from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said the spill happened at 11 p.m. Thursday, August 1, 2013 when a sugar water tank overflowed at the Roquette America refinery at 1003 South Fifth Street.

The facility shut down at 11:07 p.m. to halt the sugar water release.  Operator error was blamed for the overflow.

The spill was reported to the Iowa DNR at 6 am. Friday, August 2.  The DNR did not issue any precautionary statements or health alerts because of the spill.

The Keokuk bio-refinery facility primarily processes corn into food and non-food products.