TEXAS FERTILIZER EXPLOSION IMPACTS ILLINOIS

Tricia Braid

Apr, 19, 2013  |  Today's News

Although few of us had ever heard of West, Texas, prior to this week, we might all know of the long-term impacts of such an accident. In this audio update with Jean Payne, President of the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association, you’ll hear more about the regulations regarding fertilizer storage. 

Accidents such as this can cause problems down the road for the fertilizer industry and for the agriculture industry in general. A quick google search will bring to light the public distrust of such facilities, the fear of accidents, and disbelief that synthetic fertilizers are necessary.

Here are some links to news stories about the West Fertilizer Company explosion that you may want to check out. Take the time to read the comments…that’s where you’ll find yourself to be the most concerned.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/04/18/the-texas-fertilizer-plant-explosion-is-horrific-but-how-common-is-this/

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/18/us-usa-explosion-texas-idUSBRE93H02A20130418

http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/18/us/texas-explosion/index.html

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/04/18/waco-texas-plant-explosion/2092769/

Company name: West Fertilizer Company
Owner: 83 year old Donald Adair, fewer than 10 employees