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Fayetteville authorities investigating ammonia leak

Posted August 3, 2014

Fayetteville authorities investigate an ammonia leak at Vanguard Culinary Group, 716 Whitfield St., on Aug. 2, 2014.
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— Fayetteville authorities are investigating an anhydrous ammonia leak at Vanguard Culinary Group, 716 Whitfield St. Nearby roads are closed to traffic.

The leak happened late Saturday. Crews were having a difficult time reaching the valves attached to three tanks, each of which holds 300 to 500 gallons of ammonia, according to police. The leak was caused by a failure in the plant mechanical system, officials said.

No evacuations have been ordered, and no injuries were reported.

Whitfield Street was reopened at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

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  • iopsyc Aug 4, 2014

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    Could be the failure was bad valve actuators, so they want to go in and manually close the valves.

  • Dethklok Aug 4, 2014

    A valve is part of the mechanical system and it would have may valves in it. Some are shut off. Some are actuator driven. Its seal may have ruptured. Even with safety gear that stuff is wicked.

  • jwsawyer Aug 4, 2014

    What does "Crews were having a difficult time reaching the valves attached to three tanks" have to do with "a failure in the plant mechanical system"?