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AN Dangers Highlighted
Todd Neeley DTN Staff Reporter
Thu Jun 27, 2013 02:43 PM CDT

OMAHA (DTN) -- The tragedy at West Fertilizer Co. in West, Texas, likely wouldn't have occurred had Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules been followed, a witness told the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Thursday during a hearing on the federal response to the April 17 explosion that killed 14 people and injured some 200.

Sam Mannan, regents professor and director of the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center at Texas A&M University, said that had West Fertilizer followed OSHA regulations for ammonium nitrate storage, the disaster could have been averted.

The ammonium nitrate in West was ...

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