Columbus to make repairs after ammonia leak

February 25, 2010 1:18:07 PM PST
The Environmental Protection Agency has now ordered a Bay Area meat processing plant to make a series of safety fixes after a poisonous gas leak last August.

The ammonia release at Columbus Manufacturing in South San Francisco sent 17 people to the hospital. Several nearby businesses had to be evacuated and several streets shut down.

Officials say the accident happened when part of a pipe ruptured.

The EPA has ordered the facility to overhaul and replace parts of its ammonia system within the next three months. The agency says the facility's owners will also likely face heavy fines.