Volume 92 Issue 17 | p. 6 | News of The Week
Issue Date: April 28, 2014 | Web Date: April 23, 2014

Reactive Chemical Rules Lacking

Chemical Safety: Inquiry faults company, regulators for deadly Texas explosion
Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: CSB, West Fertilizer, ammonium nitrate

On the one-year anniversary of the West Fertilizer Co. explosion, the Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) returned to the West, Texas, community where the retail fertilizer warehouse had been located. There, at a public meeting on April 22, CSB released its preliminary accident report that proposes changes to federal laws overseeing reactive chemicals.

CSB’s investigation found severe shortcomings in existing regulations and standards for ammonium nitrate at the federal, state, . . .

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