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Fertilizer Safety Bill Prompted by West Blast Advances in Texas

Two years after 15 people died in the West fertilizer plant explosion, the full House on Friday gave tentative approval to a bill that would tighten the state’s regulation of ammonium nitrate storage and add safeguards for dealing with the dangerous chemical.

But the measure, which is the first West-related bill since the blast to advance out of committee, wouldn’t require sprinkler systems or other chemical safety measures that could help prevent future explosions. And a number of other bills aimed at addressing some of the problems uncovered in the aftermath of the explosion have gained little traction in the Legislature.

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