Although at least six Texas agencies have some hand in regulating fertilizer plants, none are charged with ensuring that potentially dangerous chemicals are stored safely, state lawmakers were told Wednesday. Instead, regulators keep an eye on things such as air emissions, fertilizer quality and anti-theft measures.
But following the first legislative inquiry into the catastrophic explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. plant last month, state leaders said they don’t foresee dramatic changes to the way Texas regulates similar chemical facilities.
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