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Would Igloos Lower Risk Of Fertilizer Explosions?

Dome used to store fertilizer at a facility near Bryan, Texas

Six months ago in the town of West, a fire at a fertilizer storage facility caused a massive explosion, killing 15 people. In coming weeks, federal regulators are supposed to submit their proposals for what could be done to reduce the risk of explosions where chemical fertilizer is store by the ton. There are at least 74 such facilities in Texas alone. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling looked into what changes might protect communities, including the use of buildings that look like igloos.
“That really scares me that we still have facilities storing ammonia nitrate in wood structures.”

—At Texas A&M Sam Mannan heads up a team dedicated to researching safety in the chemical industry

Read the full story at StateImpact Texas.

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Dave Fehling

Energy & Environment Reporter for StateImpact

Dave Fehling is KUHF's Energy and Environment Reporter. His reporting is a part of StateImpact, a collaboration with KUT in Austin and NPR...