Ammonia Leak at Chicken Processing Facility

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Incident Description

Incident Date October 24, 2017
Name Ammonia Leak at Chicken Processing Facility (DGIR 172536)
Source Chicken Processing Facility 
Nearest Community Coquitlam, B.C. 
Spilled Content Ammonia
Who is involved? Emergency Management BC, B.C. Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy, Port Coquitlam Fire Department, WorkSafeBC 


Response Phase Detail

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Most Recent Update

October 24, 2017 - 9:00 am

A small ammonia leak was reported at a chicken processing plant, located at 1910 Kingsway Avenue. The leak was caused by a failed valve seal. 

A contractor specializing in ammonia is on site and the plant has been evacuated. The facility is being ventilated and a re-entry plan is being developed. No injuries have been reported.

The Port Coquitlam Fire Department and WorkSafeBC have been notified. No further updates are anticipated unless the situation deteriorates. 


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