Northern Wind Seafood ammonia leak prompts hazmat response

Published on
August 5, 2020

Northern Wind Seafood’s facility in New Bedford, Massachusetts, suffered an ammonia leak prompting an evacuation of the building on 4 August, South Coast Today reported.

The New Bedford Fired Department announced via a Facebook post that the facility had been evacuated for an ammonia leak at around 9 a.m. on 4 August. The leak, according to local media, elevated to a “Tier 2” hazardous response and required a state hazmat team to investigate.

According to the fire department, no injuries were reported.

An official with Northern Wind told SeafoodSource that the leak was related to a faulty valve, and that it was "very very small."

The leak marks the second ammonia leak in New Bedford this week: Another leak occurred at Sea Watch International on 3 August.

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