Investigation ongoing into Cody Banks Arena ammonia leak

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Charlottetown firefighters and a hazardous materials team respond to an ammonia leak at Cody Banks Arena, by Sherwood Elementary School.

Provincial and city departments reviewing the Nov. 28 incident that saw Sherwood Elementary School evacuated

The investigation into a leak of ammonia at Cody Banks Arena in Charlottetown is ongoing.

Sherwood Elementary School was evacuated over the noonhour Thursday, Nov. 28, after a small amount of ammonia gas leaked out of the cooling system of the arena next door.

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Charlottetown's Deputy Fire Chief  Tim Mamye says his department is still involved with the incident.

“We are continuing the investigation,”  said Mamye. “We will be getting together again early (this week) to re-assess the equipment just to see if we have all our findings and then should make a determination from there exactly what caused it.”

Bill Reid, director of occupational health and safety at the Workers Compensation Board of P.E.I., said his department was also involved.

“We investigated just to make sure there were no injuries and that any work that was done was going to be done safely, post-incident,” Reid said.

The department was able to determine that workers involved were properly trained and that proper hazard assessments were done.

“The workers were trained and understood the products they were working with, to recognize the hazards of ammonia,” said Reid.

The boiler and pressure vessel inspection division of the P.E.I. Department of Environment is also involved in the investigation, said Reid.

Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee says the City of Charlottetown has its own occupational health and safety officer and committee and they too are looking into the incident.

"The city is looking to determine what the cause was and to eliminate the cause, quite frankly," said Lee.

The mayor said he has heard nothing but accolades for the manner in which the incident was handled.

“All indications I heard from the community,  people couldn’t say enough positive things about the way our police and fire departments responded to the situation and the way the kids in the elementary school were kept calm," said Lee.

Organizations: Sherwood Elementary School, Workers Compensation Board, PEI Department

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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