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Poor oversight cited in Texas plant blast mirrored in Az

One year after a fertilizer plant explosion devastated the town of West, Texas, questions remain about the safety and security of hazardous chemical storage facilities. This includes Arizona’s largest ammonium nitrate facility, Apache Nitrogen, southeast of Tucson in St. David. It houses more than 80 million pounds of the chemical but didn’t disclose, as is required, its list of hazardous materials to local firefighters.... Read more»

Fertilizer trade group opposed stricter security rules

Like many, the Fertilizer Institute, a trade group, has extended its condolences to the people of West, Texas, where a blast at a fertilizer plant Wednesday evening killed at least a dozen and injured about 200. The Washington-based institute, however, has lobbied against legislation that would require high-risk chemical facilities – including some of its members – to consider using safer substances and processes to lower the risk of catastrophic accidents and make such facilities less inviting to terrorists.... Read more»

ASU researcher finds banned antibiotics in poultry

A study of chicken byproducts co-authored by an Arizona State University researcher found trace amounts of antibiotics banned from poultry production in 2005.... Read more»

Petrified Forest official uneasy about mines planned nearby

The head of the Petrified Forest National Parks is quick to explain that the vistas stretching toward the Painted Desert hold hundreds of million years of history, from fossils of dinosaur ancestors to ancient dwellings. These days, however, his focus is increasingly on what’s beneath the wind-swept terrain.... Read more»