Beirut Blast Shows Need To Review Ammonium Nitrate Regs

Law360 (October 15, 2020, 5:06 PM EDT) -- The explosion in the port of Beirut in August, which local officials concluded was caused by ammonium nitrate, serves as a reminder of the deadly power of this widely used chemical when it is recklessly stored or when there is insufficient oversight of its use. The Lebanese disaster echoed similarly fatal explosions involving ammonium nitrate stored and processed at chemical plants in industrial areas of the U.S.

Ammonium nitrate is a primary chemical component of the livestock manure and fertilizer that blanket farms across the nation. It is linked to widespread proliferation of contaminated drinking water, leached land and certain fatal...

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