Superfund Site: FARMERS' MUTUAL COOPERATIVE, HOSPERS, IA
Superfund Site Profile
The Farmers’ Mutual Cooperative Site is located in Hospers, Iowa. Farmers' Mutual Cooperative, an agricultural supply and service business now operating under the name of Midwest Farmers' Cooperative, has been operating at the six-acre site since 1908. Bulk fertilizer and pesticides were handled at the site until 1992. The area continues to be used for grain storage. In 1984, the State of Iowa found pesticides and carbon tetrachloride in groundwater from three shallow municipal wells next to the site. The state restricted and then prohibited the use of these wells. Investigations found groundwater contamination in the relatively small area between the site and the Floyd River. Following monitoring, EPA removed the site from the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 2001.