Trucking company fined for ammonia leak

Photo: Tony Heitmeyer

SIDNEY, Ohio (WDTN) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio fined the trucking company whose rig leaked ammonia last week.

PUCO sent Hausbeck Brothers Incorporated what is called a notice of apparent violation.

It comes with a $3,000 fine for releasing hazardous materials.

The leak shut down Interstate 75 and Route 47 for several hours last Tuesday.  Evacuations were also ordered in the area immediately surrounding the leak site.

The truck leaded anhydrous ammonia, a toxic chemical used to make fertilizer.

No one was hurt.

PUCO says the carrier has 30 days to either pay the forfeiture or request a conference to dispute the violation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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