The catastrophic explosion two months ago at a fertilizer plant in West might have been prevented had the Occupational Safety and Health Administration enforced its own regulations on the safe storage of ammonium nitrate, a Texas expert in chemical safety told a U.S. Senate committee Thursday.
“Are you saying that, if OSHA had inspected, they would have caught this problem?” the committee chairwoman, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., asked M. Sam Mannan, a chemical engineering professor who heads the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center at Texas A&M University.
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