Accident Description

Accident: MGPI Processing, Inc. Toxic Chemical Release

Location: Location: Atchison, KS

Accident Occurred On: 10/20/2016 | Final Report Released On: 01/03/2018

Accident Type: Release

Investigation Status: The CSB's final investigation was released on 1.3.2018.

On October 21, 2016, a chemical release occurred at the MGPI Processing plant in Atchison, Kansas. MGPI Processing produces distilled spirits and specialty wheat proteins and starches. The release occurred when a chemical delivery truck, owned and operated by Harcros Chemicals, was inadvertently connected to a tank containing incompatible material. The plume generated by the chemical reaction led to a shelter-in-place order for thousands of residents. At least 120 employees and members of the public sought medical attention.