Nestle Confirms Hazmat Incident at Freehold Factory

An ammonia leak that occurred on Monday was self-contained and cleared in less than an hour.

Hazmat units and local authorities reported to the Monday afternoon after reports of an ammonia leak occurred.

According to and a Nestle spokesperson, the leak was self-contained to a small area and was cleaned up within an hour of the call to authorities.

The first alert was sent out around 2:30 p.m. requesting Hazmat units to report to the Nestle Factory. Rachel Koelzer, a Nestle Spokesperson, explained that Hazmat was called as part of protocol even though the leak contained less than one percent of ammonia.

“The leak was self contained to one area of the factory,” explained Koezler. “There was never a safety or environmental risk with the leak, we just wanted to be extra cautious."

Freehold Borough Police Lieutenant Mark Wodell confirmed that the leak was cleaned up shortly after the first alert was sent out over dispatch.

Regular procedures were continued at the Nestle Factory today.

John Hayes August 29, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Ammonia is a gas (as anyone who took high school chemistry knows). I'm curious to know how they got this gaseous leak "cleaned up".
Ryan Shea August 30, 2012 at 12:12 AM
The article stated that the leak contained less than 1% ammonia. It was more than likely a solution, not gaseous ammonia.
John Hayes August 30, 2012 at 05:26 PM
My mistake. In solution, it's ammonium hydroxide. Household cleaners are more concentrated than a 1% solution.
Ryan Shea August 30, 2012 at 06:19 PM
OK fair enough. But this short article does not have enough information to deduce what the use was for. (i.e. as a refrigerant, leavening agent, a pH control agent, disinfectant, etc.) Suffice to say that if there was a leak that needed to be "cleaned up" it was likely a solution of some sort not a gas. Besides, its easier to write ammonia then ammonium hydroxide anyway!
JosephGhabourLaw August 30, 2012 at 08:02 PM
I'm very happy to hear that nobody was injured. If you're injured at work, be sure that every procedure is followed, so that you are properly compensated. Here's the state's free info: http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/wc/forms/forms_index.html


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