Statement Regarding U.S. Chemical Safety Board’s Draft Report On the West Fertilizer Company Fire and Explosion

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January 27, 2016

Given ongoing litigation surrounding the West Fertilizer Company fire and explosion, The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) is unable to comment on the specific recommendations contained in the Chemical Safety Board's (CSB) report. 

The fertilizer industry takes its commitment to safety and security seriously. Since the April, 2013, fire and explosion, fertilizer manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers have taken concrete action to ensure that all fertilizer retailers have access to the information and tools required to comply with all applicable federal regulations. This effort is underway through ResponsibleAg, an independent organization that provides comprehensive regulatory compliance audits to the nation's fertilizer retailers.

Under ResponsibleAg, facilities are assessed by a credentialed ResponsibleAg auditor once every three years. Up to seventeen areas of a facility are assessed by the auditor. (Examples of these areas are dry fertilizer, liquid fertilizer, anhydrous ammonia, shop, office and grounds). If necessary, the facility will receive a corrective action plan listing any issues that were discovered by the auditor.

Since its launch one year ago, ResponsibleAg has trained and credentialed more than 60 auditors and recently certified its 100th facility. Almost 2,000 additional facilities have registered to participate and are in the que for audits. This list continues to grow.

Please visit www.responsibleag.org for additional information, including a checklist of items on the ResponsibleAg audit and a short video from the ResponsibleAg auditor training center.