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Anhydrous Ammonia Leak Update | KTIC Radio

Anhydrous Ammonia Leak Update

Anhydrous Ammonia Leak Update

Magellan, in cooperation with local emergency response personnel and state and federal regulatory agencies, is continuing to isolate and secure the 8” pipeline involved in last night’s ammonia release, with safety being of the utmost importance.

Air quality monitoring at the release site and the surrounding area remains underway.

While air quality is improving, current readings will not allow local residents to return home just yet.

Our immediate focus is to eliminate ammonia emissions, safely secure the site and reopen the local roads.

Operations of our ammonia pipeline will remain suspended until all repairs can be safely made.

The cause of the incident remains under investigation. 23 homes were evacuated last night which included approximately 40 local residents.

Magellan representatives are currently working with affected residents to cover all relevant expenses associated with the evacuation with the intent of returning our neighbors safely to their homes as soon as possible. “We express our deepest sympathies over the tragic death of the local resident last night,” said Mike Mears, Magellan’s chief executive officer.


59-year old Tekamah Resident Phillip Hennig died after coming in contact with anhydrous ammonia that was leaking from an underground pipeline in northeast Nebraska.
Magellan spokesman Bruce Heine says County Road P and Highway 75 near the release site are still closed.
Heine adds air quality has improved, but not to the point where residents can return home.
The goal is to complete pipeline repairs sometime on Wednesday, at which time roads would reopen and people would be able to return home.
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