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State Investigating PCS Phosphate Ammonia Leak

The state Department of Labor says it has opened up an investigation into last week's accident at PCS Phosphate.

Seventeen people were injured during an ammonia leak at the Aurora plant Friday afternoon. All of the workers have since been released from the hospital.

The state says it has six months to complete an investigation before the statute of limitations kicks in.

A PCS spokesperson said the leak was stopped and the ammonia was contained on the plant site. The immediate areas around the leak and areas downwind were evacuated.

Ten of those people injured were PCS employees, while seven were contractors.


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All workers who were exposed to ammonia Friday afternoon at PCS Phosphate have been released from area hospitals.

The leak happened around 2 P.M. at the rail car unloading station and initially hospitalized 17 workers.

A spokesperson said the leak was stopped and the ammonia was contained on the plant site.

The immediate areas around the leak and areas downwind were evacuated.

10 of those people injured were PCS employees, while 7 were contractors.

Three of those were treated at Beaufort County Medical Center, where officials say plans are in place for events like this, where many require treatment at once.

Beaufort County Emergency Management Director John Pack says the leak was in a rubber hose and workers were complaining of breathing problems.

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Two workers who were exposed to ammonia Friday afternoon at PCS Phosphate remain in a Greenville hospital.

The leak happened around 2:00 p.m. at the rail car unloading station and initially sent 17 workers to area hospitals.

PCS spokesperson Michele Vaught says the leak was stopped and the ammonia was contained on the plant site. By Friday night 15 of those workers were released from the hospital.

Vaught says the immediate areas around the leak and areas downwind were evacuated. She says 10 of those people injured were PCS employees, while 7 were contractors.

Beaufort County Emergency Management Director John Pack says the leak was in a rubber hose and workers were complaining of breathing problems.

The remaining 2 contractors, who are injured, are at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. We're told they remained overnight for observation.


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