August 28, 2013 | 09:37 AM
Four people were transported to Harrison County Hospital Monday night following a small ammonia leak near the Tyson Foods plant in Corydon.
David Whittington, Tyson's plant manager, said the leak happened in a refrigeration building adjacent to the plant at about 10 p.m. Employees were briefly evacuated and four team members were taken to HCH as a precaution, and were treated and released.
"Our team contained the leak within minutes, and our plant management team worked extremely well with local emergency services," Whittington said yesterday (Tuesday). "Employees were allowed back into the plant last night and operations resumed."
Ammonia is used in Tyson's refrigeration process as nearly half of its products are frozen. Tyson's products were not affected in any way, Whittington said.
Greg Reas, Harrison County Emergency Management Agency director, was notified immediately and said Tyson's employees were well-trained to handle the situation.
"No leak of ammonia is insignificant, but, in the grand scheme, this was relatively small," Reas said. "The equipment, building and refrigeration at Tyson's is still fairly new and they've taken care of the equipment. The people were trained there to deal with leaks when they happen, and they took care of it. We went around with a detector and were unable to detect anything once we arrived."
Whittington said he was proud of Tyson's team members and how they managed the situation.
"And we appreciate Greg Reas and other members of county emergency management in how they were there to help and support us," he said.