Issue Date: July 15, 2013
Blowup Over Ammonium Nitrate
Despite a century-long and worldwide history of tragic ammonium nitrate accidents, only a patchwork of inadequate U.S. safety regulations is in place to avoid more accidents involving this common fertilizer and deadly explosive. That is the primary conclusion of an investigation by the Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) of the West Fertilizer Co. ammonium nitrate explosion that killed at least 14 people in April . . .
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