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Analysis Shows Chemical Accident Data is Incomplete

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Jarod Cassidy4 years ago

The Dallas Morning News has found that incomplete and incorrect data makes it impossible to calculate how many accidents, like the recent West Fertilizer Co. plant explosion, occur each year.

About the Chemical Accident Data Analysis

“We can track Gross National Product to the second and third decimal, but there is no reliable way to of tracking even simple things like how many [chemical] accidents happen.” – Sam Mannan, expert on chemical safety as published by the Dallas Morning News

  • During their analysis, the Dallas Morning News looked at 750,000 records.
  • They found that even the most credible national data on chemical accidents is incorrect 9 times out of 10.
  • During their investigations, the Dallas Morning News was able to confirm that there have been at least 24 industrial chemical accidents which have resulted in death, injury or evacuations during a 4 year period.
  • The Dallas Morning News alleges that a number of government agencies have been aware of the problem and could possibly resolve the lack of oversight, but have failed to do so due to lack of funding or attention.

About the West Fertilizer Co. Explosion

  • The explosion occurred around 8 p.m. on April 17, 2013.
  • Firefighters were reportedly on the scene attempting to control the initial blaze before the explosion occurred.
  • The U.S. Geological Survey stated that the blast registered as a magnitude 2.1 tremor.
  • The tremors were felt up to 80 miles away in Dallas, Texas.
  • 15 people were killed as a result of the explosion, and about 170 were injured.
  • The blast damaged dozens of homes, an apartment complex, a middle school, and a nursing home.
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