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YRC Freight Ammonia Release

On the morning of Sept. 4, 2012 a 200-gallon tote filled with ammonia had punctured during the loading of a trailer at the YRC Freight truck terminal. About 155 gallons was released into the trailer. No water was affected and the storm drains and catch basin were blocked before chemicals could reach them. More than 40 employees of the truck terminal were evacuated, then allowed to return to the building once the state Department of Fire Safety cleared the trailer and moved it to a different part of the yard for clean-up.

Crews from the Mass. Department of Environmental Protection and the state Haz-Mat team arrive on scene. EPA was called to the scene as well. The owner of the site hired a clean-up contractor to vacuum out the remaining contents of the tote and catch basin and to clean the trailer. The clean-up contractor indicated crews were going to clean out the catch basin since they could not confirm nothing reached it. About 3,300 gallons of liquid – an ammonia-water mixture - and 10 drums of sorbent pads and other associated clean-up material were disposed of off site.

Location: North Reading, Mass.
EPA Mobilization Date*: 09/04/2012
EPA Demobilization Date*: 09/04/2012
Contact: Claudia Deane (deane.claudia@epa.gov)

*The information contained on this website is merely informational; any dates found on the website cannot be relied upon to create any rights, substantive or procedural, enforceable by any party in litigation with the United States. EPA reserves the right to change such dates at any time without public notice.

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