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What is the purpose of the dock that extends into the Cape Fear River from the ADM plant?

Jim Ware
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The dock at the Archer Daniels Midland plant in Southport as seen from the air. (StarNews file photo)

This question was answered by Eric Schellhorn of Archer Daniels Midland corporate communications in Decator, Ill.:

“The dock your reader is inquiring about is one ADM’s Southport facility employs to unload raw materials used in the manufacture of food-grade and U.S. pharmaceutical-grade citric acid. Molasses used as a carbohydrate source in the citric acid fermentation process is one of the main raw materials we receive on this dock.”

Tanker ships unloading raw materials can frequently been seen by Southport-Fort Fisher ferry passengers as they pass by the dock on the Cape Fear River.

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2 Responses to “ What is the purpose of the dock that extends into the Cape Fear River from the ADM plant?”

  1. On October 12, 2011 at 7:41 am Russ Ferris wrote:

    The article is not complete! Mr Eric Schellhorn of ADM did not mention the discharge pipes on the underside of the dock. These are used to dump waste materials into the Cape Fear River.
    The waste is a product of the leftover cleaning materials used to clean the fermentation tanks. It’s done primarily on an ebbing tide and creates a foamy substance from the dock to the river’s mouth. If you’d like I will be glad to take one of your reporters up there by boat and show you the discharge pipes. They extend into the water and are open under the water. Please include this in your article or ask ADM to explain.

    Russ Ferris
    Local Southport fisherman

  2. On October 14, 2011 at 9:51 am Jessie McKinney, ADM Media Relations wrote:

    The dock is primarily used to unload raw materials for our citric acid production facility. The dock structure also supports a discharge system for treated process water. We use water to make food-grade citric acid from molasses. That water is processed in our water treatment facility, and then discharged into Cape Fear during outgoing tide. Our water treatment and discharge are governed by permits and regulations of the US EPA and the state of North Carolina.

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