DEC issued violation notice to Cargill after Cayuga Lake spill in February

A broken pipe carrying sodium ferrocyanide at the Cargill Salt Mine in Lansing discharged a green liquid into Cayuga Lake last February, according to a notice of violation the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued to Cargill on Feb. 12 as revealed for the first time earlier this month through documents released by a local activist last week.

 “We immediately repaired and tested the pipe before returning it to service later in the day, “ said Justin Barber, a representative from Cargill’s corporate affairs office.

A food additive, sodium ferrocyanide, or YPS, is used to keep salt from caking.

Discovered during a routine inspection, the leaking pipe was between the Norfolk-Southern railroad tracks and a spur used by Cargill to load salt into rail cars, adjacent to Cayuga Lake.

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