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Fertilizer Explosion Investigation Closes

Fertilizer Explosion Investigation Closes

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Federal Investigators have wrapped up their investigation of last year’s Fertilizer warehouse explosion in Texas that killed 14 people.  Investigators says the blast was preventable and that there was no sprinkler system in the wooden structured warehouse where the chemicals were stored. Fertilizer Institute’s Kathy Mathers says the industry has been learning from that event as to how to respond in the future. One improvement is for company’s to work with volunteer emergency medical technicians.

Mathers says the industry has worked hard to educate its members on all federal rules and regulations so that they can comply with those in an effort to prevent future accidents such as what happened in West Texas last year.

Mathers adds that having sprinkler systems in warehouses that store fertilizers and chemicals, they don’t always work because those buildings aren’t always heated.

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