Industrial plants in Nikiski took precautionary evacuation measures Wednesday afternoon in response to an e-mail threat to one of the plants.
According to Alaska State Troopers, the FBI investigated the claim that a bomb was placed in one of the plants, and determined the threat was not credible.
Agrium spokesperson Lisa Parker said the threat was not made against the fertilizer plant, but it was made against “one of the plants in the area.”
“As a precaution, we evacuated our nonessential employees, but everything is returning to normal and our evening shift is coming back tonight,” she said Wednesday.
Tesoro refining Vice President Steve Hansen said, “We did receive word from the FBI that a noncredible threat was made against one of the Kenai facilities.
“We increased our security level and sent nonessential employees and contractors home. Our essential employees did a comprehensive search of the facility. Nothing was found,” he said.
All refinery employees will return to work as scheduled.
ConocoPhillips spokesperson Dawn Patience said company policy prevents her from commenting on security issues, and said the North Kenai LNG plant is operating as normal.
Alaska State Troopers said they did not know which company received the threat, but said the FBI is investigating and does not consider it a credible threat.
“There have been a number of these in the past month,” said trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson.
“I don’t know if the FBI is taking any action,” he said.
The FBI in Anchorage did not return Clarion phone calls Wednesday.
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