Chemical Release from DE Poultry Plant

Monday, December 7, 2015 @ 11:12 AM gHale

An equipment failure led to the release of anhydrous ammonia from a Perdue Farms poultry processing plant in Milford, DE, Nov. 27, state officials said.

A mechanical failure in a pump led to the release of 200 lbs. of anhydrous ammonia on Nov. 27, said officials at the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

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Perdue spokesman Joe Forsthoffer said the plant temporarily evacuated after workers smelled ammonia. There were no injuries.

They use anhydrous ammonia a refrigerant and that the incident ended up reported to the appropriate authorities, said company spokeswoman Julie DeYoung.