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Boston College Sports Center

Boston College Sports Center

On the morning of April 13, 2010, an ammonia leak was discovered at the Silvio Conte Forum, the sports center associated with Boston College. EPA was notified by the Boston Fire Department, and it dispatched an on-scene coordinator to coordinate with the fire department's hazardous materials team who were conducting Level A entries to the building in an effort to shut off the valving and stop the ammonia release. After a number of entries, the four valves leading to the compressor for the ice making system were closed. Venting of the building then began, and additional fans were ordered to facilitate that effort. A final entry was made with the college's refrigeration contractor to identify the cause of the initial release that resulted from a seal failure in the compressor pump. The refrigeration contractor repaired the faulty seal.

Location: Boston, MA
Start date: 04/13/2010
End date: 04/13/2010
Contact: Claudia Deane (deane.claudia@epa.gov)

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