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Plant to reopen 2 days after ammonia leak kills 1

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LUMBER BRIDGE, N.C. (AP) – A poultry processing plant plans to restart its operations just two days after an ammonia leak killed one worker and injured four others.

Mountaire Farms said Sunday authorities have inspected the plant and declared the building safe. The Millsboro, Del.-based company said the plant in Lumber Bridge will reopen Monday morning and return to full operation.

Mountaire Farms plans to hold an internal employee meeting and provide grief counselors for workers.

Authorities have said that 47-year-old Clifton Swain of Fayetteville died Saturday from the ammonia leak, which happened while workers were doing maintenance work on a piece of machinery. Authorities said that 30 to 40 people were at the plant when the leak occurred and the site employees 2,500 people total.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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A poultry processing plant plans to restart its operations just two days after an ammonia leak killed one worker and injured four others.

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