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Another Leak Forces Orica to Delay Restart of Nitric Acid and Ammonium Nitrate Plants

10:26 AM MST | December 8, 2011 | Deepti Ramesh

Orica (Melbourne) says that about 20,000 liters of weak ammonium nitrate (AN) fertilizer solution overflowed yesterday, from a storage tank into a containment area with some spilling onto the ground, at the company’s Kooragang Island site in the state of New South Wales (NSW), Australia. As a result of the leak, the previously announced restart of the company’s nitric acid and AN plants at the site will be delayed, Orica says. The AN solution had about 30% concentration, and Orica reported the incident to the NSW Environment Protection Authority...

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