Global Processing

Australian chemical facility shut down after chemical leak

August 15, 2011

NEW CASTLE, Australia — The Australian government last week ordered an ammonia plant in New Castle to shut down after it leaked a plume of hazardous hexavalent chromium into the suburb of Stockton, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

The plant, which is owned by Orica, is located on Kooragang Island.

There have been no reports of illnesses from the homes in the area where the chemical was detected.