Dyno Nobel http://wesa.fm en 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