Whats the first thing to do when I discover agricultural chemical contamination?
If laboratory analysis of soil or water samples documents agricultural chemical contamination, or if you observe any contamination such as stains or residues in soil that you suspect to be agricultural chemicals, you are required by law to immediately notify the Minnesota Duty Officer. Doing so also preserves your eligibility for reimbursement through ACRRA. Call the 24-hour Duty Officer at (651) 649-5451 (Twin Cities) or 1-800-422-0798 to report the suspected incident. The Duty Officer will automatically send this information to several agencies as their procedures require. We recommend that you ask the Duty Officer to also forward the information to MDA, so that the AgVIC program will know to get back to you quickly to offer guidance on the next step. If you choose not to immediately address the contamination that is reported, then the details of the incident are referred to Incident Response Unit technical staff who assesses the relative priority (risk) of the release. (See MDA guid