Uncut: Maps, information make the difference in safely storing chemicals

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by JOHN McCAA

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Posted on June 21, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Earlier this week, Matt Goodman of our WFAA.com web staff put together a pretty good map that you may have missed, but really need to see.

It's this week's Uncut commentary.

Click here to see the map. It's interactive, showing all the places around Texas that store more than 10,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate. All 121 of them.

The plant in West that blew up had 500,000 pounds on hand.

There's another map here on the Texas Tribune website that gives you a few more specifics.

We're not saying these are likely to blow up, but you should be aware of what's around you, and in many cases most people living near these facilities don't really know what's inside or how it is stored.

Ammonium nitrate is not a bad thing -- it's an important substance in the ag business. But if we're going to use it, the guidelines should be clear and warnings spelled out for all to read and see.

Regulatory officials should keep us informed, but the West explosion has taught us a little checking on your own might be in order, as well.

Those are my thoughts, send me your thoughts at jmccaa@wfaa.com.

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