Brookshire Grocery Co. is facing over $63,000 in penalties related to an ammonia leak at the company's warehouse that injured 16 people, caused nearby businesses to be evacuated and shut down a key intersection for several hours on Sept. 1.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued the report Dec. 5 and cited the grocery company for eight serious violations, giving the company until Jan. 24 to abate the violations.

The report indicates the company must develop an emergency response plan that shall address providing a safe place of refuge for employees as well as provide security and control, evacuation routes, emergency alerting procedures and a critique or follow-up to the employees after the incident.

Brookshire's did not respond to phone calls placed late Friday.

The ammonia leak at the distribution center, located at the intersec-

tion of Loop 323 and Old Jacksonville Highway, was deemed to have been caused by a failure in the piping on the roof of a cold storage building, according to the Tyler Fire Marshal's Office.

After the incident, the company decided to close the Brookshire's World of Wildlife Museum & Country Store and the adjacent playground area out of an abundance of caution and said they planned to reopen the popular site. The museum and playground remain closed.

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