Residents in the Butchertown neighborhood want Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer to put tighter regulations on a JBS Swift plant in the wake of a chemical leak.
An ammonia leak at the JBS plant in Butchertown yesterday caused the evacuation of about 700 workers. Firefighters urged people in the neighborhood to stay indoors in the hours immediately after the leak. Some residents complained the fire department waited too long to sound the sirens warning of the leak. Officials say they activated the sirens after increasing the threat level of the leak.
The leak was first reported shortly before 11:30. Warning sirens were sounded about an hour later, after emergency workers assessed the scene. No chemicals were detected outside of the Swift building, and a MetroSafe official says the warning to stay indoors was precautionary.