VIDEO: Investigation into ammonium nitrate stockpile spurs lawmaker to action

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by BRETT SHIPP

WFAA

Posted on June 20, 2013 at 10:09 PM

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The secret ammonium nitrate stockpile uncovered by News 8 is getting the attention of state lawmakers Thursday.

Wednesday night, we showed you in an exclusive report how more than 20 tons of the explosive material is being stored in a delapidated, unmarked building in Athens, Texas.

It turns out, the State Fire Marshal and State Health Department are totally reliant on hazardous chemical handlers to self-report, and that's why this week in Austin, House Public Safety Committee members were questioning state safety officials who say there are only 16 fertilizer plants like West's in Texas.

Brett Shipp reports on his meeting with House Public Safety Committee Chairman Joe Pickett about what News 8 Investigates found in Athens.

 

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