West Fertilizer Co. Under Scrutiny

WEST (CBSDFW.COM) – CBS 11 has learned state regulators visited West Fertilizer Co. twice in April. The Office of the Texas State Chemist went to the plant the first week of the month and then came out again after a complaint was filed. The fertilizer company called the state for its second visit though.

Records show state officials made as many as ten visits out to West Fertilizer Co. in the last decade. The state had noted several violations for the company in the last few years, usually when fertilizer mixtures weren’t accurate. But the state told us the fertilizer plant’s record is average, if not slightly better than similar companies.

State documents show the company had .5 million pounds of ammonium nitrate and 100,000 pounds of ammonia.

“We are still working on inventorying all those chemicals,” said Assistant State Fire Marshall Kelly Kistner.

Local fire stations and emergency planners should have had the annual reports on what was stored at the fertilizer plant on-site. But the responsibility to pass that information along to The Homeland Security Department or any other federal agencies belongs to West Fertilizer Co.

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