It’s believed around two tonnes were leaked at its Akutan, Alaska, site.
KUCB reports that Trident Seafoods – one of the biggest seafood companies in the USA – had an ammonia leak in January while it was renovating its refrigeration system. Company workers noticed that the coolant was gone.
Crystal Smith of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) told the publication “They’re doing some investigation to see if it was during the purge that they lost all 5,000 pounds [or] if there was a leak in the system,” said Smith. “They believe it was all lost during the purge, but they are doing some investigation just to ensure that was the case.”
The leak was reported to the department – who are now investigating the incident with the company.
“The weather at the time had strong winds that allowed it to disperse more rapidly within the natural environment,” said Smith. “At this point, we have not received any health reports, and they don’t believe it got captured in areas where it could condense and cause health impacts,” added Smith.
Trident Seafoods’ Akutan plant processes over 1300 tonnes of seafood – including king salmon – a day.
SalmonBusiness had contacted the DEC and Trident Seafoods for an update.