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West, Texas: 2 Years Later - 2
Russ Quinn DTN Staff Reporter
Mon Apr 20, 2015 12:19 PM CDT

OMAHA (DTN) -- Brent Hall knows what's at stake since the April 17, 2013, ammonium nitrate explosion at West Fertilizer Co. in West, Texas.

So the agronomy manager for South Central Cooperative in Lacona, Iowa, doesn't hesitate to open the doors of the company's fertilizer facility to local emergency management officials.

Two years after the West explosion, the general public's examination of the safety of retail fertilizer facilities may have waned, but this does not mean fertilizer retailers can afford to cut corners on safety, Hall told DTN. If anything, retailers need to do more, he said.

"You need the ...

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