FARM LIFE NEWS
Fertilizer Risks Questioned
Russ Quinn DTN Staff Reporter
Mon Apr 22, 2013 10:09 AM CDT

OMAHA (DTN) -- The explosion Wednesday night at the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas, raises questions about the safety of fertilizer storage at a time when nitrogen fertilizer plants are being reopened or built new across the country.

As many as 15 people were feared dead and more than 160 others were injured from the blast Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. In addition, homes and businesses in every direction around the facility were completely destroyed.

According to an EPA website, the facility had total storage for anhydrous ammonia of 54,000 pounds, a relatively small amount of storage for ...

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