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COOPER BROTHERS AMMONIA RELEASE

Turner,  Maine
Androscoggin County
Street Address: 1833 Auburn Road (Route 4)
Zip Code: 04282
Congressional
District(s):

02
EPA ID #: MEN000106024
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Description
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At the request of MEDEP, OSC Bazenas mobilized on November 15, 2010 to the abandoned Cooper Brothers apple processing facility in Turner, Maine to investigate a refrigeration system that is leaking ammonia. At 1200, OSC Bazenas reported the following from the site:

- EPA, DEP, and EPA's START contractor met on site this morning
- An entry with Level C PPE was performed.
- Air monitoring indicated levels approaching 100ppm in the ammonia refrigeration room (IDLH action level is 300ppm). These levels were present despite windows being left open.
- Air monitoring outside indicated the presence of ammonia, but at low levels
- There are two business approximately 200 yards away and the nearest residence is 200 yards.
- There is a concern that the rate of the leak could increase and there is evidence of trespass and vandalism including copper stripping.
- In light of the unstable situation, ERRS was activated to initiate a time critical emergency removal action to address the leaking ammonia.


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OSRR Records and Information Center, 1st Floor, 5 Post Office Square, Suite 100 (HSC), Boston, MA 02109-3912 (617) 918-1440

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Ted Bazenas
On-Scene Coordinator
Address: US Environmental Protection Agency
5 Post Office Square
Mail Code: OSRR02-2
Boston, MA 02109-3912
Phone #:(617) 918-1230
E-Mail Address:bazenas.ted@epa.gov

 


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