West, Texas: One Year Later

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April 15, 2014

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the tragic explosion in West, Texas that claimed 15 lives, injured hundreds more and left a town devastated.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the strong, resilient residents of West. As we continue to grow and learn from the incident, now is the perfect time to reflect on how the fertilizer industry’s commitment to safety and security is stronger than ever.

The U.S. fertilizer industry seeks to continually improve its safe storage and handling practices and to ensure a high level of regulatory compliance. Through the creation of ResponsibleAg, an independent, not-for-profit organization designed to support and enhance fertilizer retailers’ awareness and compliance with federal safety and security regulations, retail fertilizer dealerships will have access to comprehensive inspections based on federal regulatory requirements.

We also recently worked with the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) to develop updated guidelines for use as a resource by the industry, government agencies and emergency responders specifically for fertilizer grade ammonium nitrate. “Safety and Security Guidelines for the Storage and Transportation of Fertilizer Grade Ammonium Nitrate at Retail Facilities” is now available. TFI hopes that this fertilizer-specific information will ensure that emergency responders have the best and most recent information available when responding to an incident at a retail facility.

We also want to recognize the vast industry expertise fertilizer retailers provide not only in your backyard, but all across the country. Check out “Get to Know a Fertilizer Retailer” to learn more about fertilizer retailers, the services they offer to growers and their local communities, and their commitment to safety and security.