Report: No way of knowing which facilities store Ammonium Nitrate

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by MARCUS MOORE

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Posted on May 21, 2014 at 7:47 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 21 at 10:59 AM

WEST -- An explosion rocked the town of West more than a year ago, leveling the center of the town.    

Inside the fertilizer plant, Ammonium Nitrate exploded. To this day, we still don't know why. We do know that Ammonium Nitrate caused it -- and can be anywhere fertilizer is.

News 8's Brett Shipp first told you about this back in December and now this government report, obtained by the Associated Press, shows the government doesn't know where are all of these facilities are located.

Ammonium Nitrate is a often used as a fertilizer. The Department of Homeland Security keeps a database of facilities that store it -- like the one that exploded in West. 

There are about 1,300 on the list; 108 are right here in Texas. 

But this new report from the Government Accountability Office shows the government may have missed as many as two-thirds of these storage sites.

And we’re not just talking about plants, like in West. This includes supply retailers and fertilizer distribution warehouses.

The report, in part, blames poor communication between states and the federal government.

This report is in addition to a state fire marshal's report that came out last week that said, among other things, first responders in West weren't properly trained to deal with those chemicals.

E-mail: mmoore@wfaa.com

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