Donora http://wesa.fm en In Mon Valley Steel Towns, Shrunken Communities And An Increase Of Crime http://wesa.fm/post/mon-valley-steel-towns-shrunken-communities-and-increase-crime <p>The roads into Donora were built for traffic.<br /><br />The four lanes of state Route 837 meet the Monessen Bridge that once carried bustling amounts of both foot and automobile traffic. But now, not many people have reason to come to this town 30 miles south of downtown Pittsburgh, says resident Edith Jericho, surrounded by the relics of the Donora Smog Museum.<br /> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:20:26 +0000 Megan Guza | Point Park News Service 30999 at http://wesa.fm In Mon Valley Steel Towns, Shrunken Communities And An Increase Of Crime Donora Plant Houses Huge Volumes of Ammonium Nitrate Fertilizer http://wesa.fm/post/donora-plant-houses-huge-volumes-ammonium-nitrate-fertilizer <p>After 30 tons of fertilizer detonated in West, Texas last April, investigators are looking into the cause of the explosion that killed fifteen people, including twelve firefighters and emergency responders.&nbsp; <a href="http://publicsource.org/investigations/explosives-maker-pa-has-400-times-more-ammonia-than-west-texas-plant">PublicSource reporter Bill Heltzel</a> has been investigating chemical plant <a href="http://www.dynonobel.com">Dyno Nobel</a> in Donora, PA, and gauging the town’s understanding of hazardous substance safety.&nbsp; United Steel Workers safety officer Kim Nibarger represents union workers at the plant.</p><p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 20:34:54 +0000 Katherine Blackley 13558 at http://wesa.fm Donora Plant Houses Huge Volumes of Ammonium Nitrate Fertilizer Explosives Maker In PA Has 400 Times More Ammonia Than West, Texas, Plant http://wesa.fm/post/explosives-maker-pa-has-400-times-more-ammonia-west-texas-plant <p>On April 17, when 30 tons of fertilizer detonated in West, Texas, a shock wave traveling faster than the speed of sound crushed homes. Windows shattered seven miles away. The United States Geological Survey recorded a 2.1 magnitude tremor from the blast.<br>&nbsp;<br>Fifteen people died, 12 of them firefighters and emergency responders, and 200 were injured.<br><br>The same chemical that blew up West — ammonium nitrate — is manufactured in Donora, Pa., 20 miles south of Pittsburgh.<br> Sun, 21 Jul 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Bill Heltzel | PublicSource 13398 at http://wesa.fm Explosives Maker In PA Has 400 Times More Ammonia Than West, Texas, Plant