Blowup Over Ammonium Nitrate | July 15, 2013 Issue - Vol. 91 Issue 28 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 91 Issue 28 | pp. 21-23
Issue Date: July 15, 2013

Blowup Over Ammonium Nitrate

Senate hearing on Texas explosion reveals dangerous regulatory gaps, deep divisions between chemical safety board and EPA
Department: Government & Policy | Collection: Safety
Keywords: CSB, EPA, ammonium nitrate, reactive chemicals, fertilizer, accidents

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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