Volume 94 Issue 6 | p. 22
Issue Date: February 8, 2016

Investigation Of Ammonium Nitrate Blast In Texas Is Closed

U.S. Chemical Safety Board faults company, regulators in fatal incident
Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: CSB, ammonium nitrate, fertilizer, West,Texas

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board late last month closed the books on what CSB Chair Vanessa Allen Sutherland called “one of the most destructive explosions it has ever investigated.” The West Fertilizer Co., a retail farm supply warehouse in West, Texas, caught fire and blew up nearly three years ago. Fifteen people were killed, 260 were injured, and much of the small rural town of 2,800 was flattened. Twelve of . . .

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