BURLINGTON, Ontario – An ammonia leak was
discovered and brought under control this morning at the Maple Leaf Burlington
pork processing plant on Appleby Line. All approximately 650 employees, as well
as the employees of a neighbouring business, were safely and quickly evacuated.
Current activity is focused on monitoring of in-plant
conditions and employees are going home for the day.
No one at the plant was injured. Ammonia is used in the
cooling systems for the plant. The source was confirmed as a valve and is now
contained. Maple Leaf is reviewing the root cause of the incident and will
continue to work with all appropriate authorities to gain a full understanding
of the situation.
“We are thankful for the timely response of the fire and
police departments and the Ministry of Environment that assisted in minimizing
the impact of this situation,” said Linda Smith, a spokesperson for the