Pinnacle Foods, the owner of the closed Birds Eye plant in Fulton, was scheduled to remove the ammonia from the facility sometime this week.
The company originally planned to remove the ammonia at the end of September, but a gas leak last week forced the company to speed up the process.
“They agreed to keep it until the end of September because there is a prospective buyer from out of the country and they wanted it in,” said Woodward. “They were going to remove it by the end of the week.
Last Thursday night, an undetermined amount of ammonia leaked from a 1.25-inch return pipe of the refrigeration system. The leak was located, isolated and contained by on-site maintenance.
The leak, however, led to a precautionary evacuation of several residents in the area of Jerome and Gansvoort streets
The Fulton Fire Department, the Oswego County Hazardous Materials Team, the Oswego County Health Department and the State Department of Environmental Conservation Spill Response also responded to the scene.
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