Case Study: An Explosion In Texas

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An Explosion in Texas On Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at around 6 o’clock in the evening, a Fertilizer Plant in West, Texas Exploded. Several homes, buildings, and lives were taken that night. The media immediately jumped into action reporting on the dead, missing, and injured. The media also gave updated and in-depth reports as soon as they received any information. The fire that lead up to the blast remains unknown at this time. Although, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) reported that the massive explosion was caused by chemicals stored at the facility. Sources agree that there needs to be better safety laws and protocols to prevent work place disasters. In the early evening hours a fire ignited at the west fertilizer plant. It is what essentially leads to the explosion that devastated the small town. The blast killed 14 and injured approximately 160 people. Most of the dead were not employees of West Fertilizer Co., but first responders and residents of the town. Firefighters and Police were the first on the scene, followed by residents and on lookers, wanting to get a glimpse of the flames. They were all unaware of the dangers that lurked only a few several hundred feet away, large tanks of ammonium nitrate. This highly explosive chemical is used in the production of making fertilizer.…show more content…
It also housed Anhydrous Ammonia. The EPA requires that some chemicals, like Anhydrous Ammonia, need to be reported to them when stored at any industrial facility. However, is not a requirement of the EPA to have industrial plants report having Ammonium Nitrate on site. Because of the explosion in Texas, the EPA is being prompted to update their list of chemicals that need to be reported by companies, and making sure that Ammonium Nitrate is on that list. Some believe that a substitution for these dangerous chemicals is the answer to stop destructive work related tragedies

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