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Deadly Fertilizer Plant Blast Was Criminal. What Does This Mean for Chemical EHS Rules?

A fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas that killed 15 people in 2013 was a criminal act, according to authorities. How will this finding affect the EPA’s Risk Management Program and other chemical safety and management rules that resulted from the deadly blast?

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EPA Proposes Chemical Safety Rule Changes

The EPA is proposing changes to its chemical safety rules that will require companies in three industries — paper manufacturing, petroleum and coal products, and chemical manufacturing — to assess whether safer technologies and chemicals are feasible. The proposed changes to the Risk Management Program (RMP) regulations would require some … Read more »

One in 10 Children Attend Schools Near Chemical Plants

Nearly 4.6 million children in 10,000 schools are located within a mile of a chemical facility, according to a group that is pushing new regulations. The Center for Effective Government released a report and an interactive map that shows one in 10 students attend such a school, The Hill reports. … Read more »

OSHA, Industry Team Up on Chemical Safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Agricultural Retailers Association and The Fertilizer Institute are reaching out to more than 7,000 agricultural retailers, distributers, producers and other facilities in the fertilizer industry to encourage safe storing and handling of ammonium nitrate. This effort follows the April 2013 ammonium nitrate explosion … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: West Fertilizer Explosion, TX Agency Appeals its Own Win

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed $118,300 in penalties for Adair Grain, the operator of West Fertilizer Co., whose West, Texas fertilizer plant exploded in April, killing 15 people and injuring more than 160. OSHA cited Adair for 24 safety violations including unsafe handling and storage of chemicals. … Read more »

Fertilzer Plant Housed Explosive Chemical Before Blast

Fertilzer Plant Housed Explosive Chemical Before Blast

Officials continue to investigate last week’s fire and explosion at West Fertilizer, which killed at least 14 and injuring 200 in the small central Texas town. But it does appear the fertilizer plant — which housed some 270 tons of ammonium nitrate — may have violated a host of environmental and … Read more »