Ammonia leak at SUNY Potsdam isolated, repaired; activities to resume Wednesday after final walk-through
Following a sweep by hazardous materials teams and responding agencies, the source of the ammonia leak in Maxcy Hall has been contained and fixed, according SUNY Potsdam spokeswoman Alexandra Jacobs.
The leak at Maxcy Hall drew Fort Drum, Jefferson and Franklin county hazardous material teams earlier today, according SUNY Potsdam spokeswoman Alexandra Jacobs.Crews determined that the source was a compressor leak in the ammonia cooling system for the college's new ice arena, which remains under construction.
The leak has been repaired, and the campus is still continuing to evaluate the entire system, Jacobs said in a prepared press release.
Since the leak was first reported this morning, air samples have been taken throughout the building. At no time did the facility reach any levels of life safety concern, she said.
However, there is still currently a lingering strong ammonia odor in the building. The college is working on airing out the facility to let the odor dissipate, according to Jacobs.
The safety perimeter will remain up during this process, and the building will remain closed tonight.
It is still anticipated that Maxcy Hall will open for classes and activities Wednesday, Aug. 28.
Campus officials will conduct a walk-through of the building at 6 a.m. tomorrow to review air quality, before confirming whether business can resume in Maxcy Hall, Jacobs said.
“The college would like to once again recognize the tremendous efforts displayed today by first responders from throughout the region who helped address the situation,” Jacobs said.