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Nation Current Affairs 27 Jun 2020 One dies in ammonia ...

One dies in ammonia gas leak at SPY Agro factory in Nandyal, AP

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | D. SIVARAMI REDDY
Published Jun 27, 2020, 12:50 pm IST
Updated Jun 27, 2020, 12:56 pm IST
APPCB official says there were maintenance issues at the factory
The gas leak took place at a factory owned by SPY Agro Industries in Nandyal, Andhra Pradesh.
 The gas leak took place at a factory owned by SPY Agro Industries in Nandyal, Andhra Pradesh.

Kurnool: One person died and three became ill when ammonia gas leaked from a factory in Nandyal, Andhra Pradesh on Saturday morning. The factory is owned by SPY Agro Industries Ltd.

The affected people have been shifted to hospital. The victim has been identified as Srinivasa Rao, the general  manager of the factory.

 

The AP Pollution Control Board's environmental engineer B Y Muni Prasad confirmed the gas was ammonia which is used as a chilling agent in carbon dioxide bottling. He said a pipeline burst under pressure while it was being reset for operation on Saturday morning.

There had been issues with maintenance of pipelines, and repair work was undertaken Friday night. When factory workers tested the system on Saturday morning, there was a pressure buildup in the Ammonia piping and it exploded.

The APPCB official said there was no impact of the gas leak outside the plant. The Pollution Control Board had served notice on the factory on June 11, 2020 and the safety of the plant was flagged by the the inspector of factories, he said.

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