A fertilizer plant in East Texas that stores more than 10,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate on its premises has refused to allow the state fire marshal to conduct an on-site inspection of its facilities since the explosion in West.
According to State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy, Anderson Fertilizer and Milling Company in Carthage is one of five facilities that refused to allow the fire marshal's office to inspect their facilities. All five plants store at least 10,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate.
There is no punishment for refusing the inspections, which are voluntary. The fire marshal said the companies simply didn't want the fire marshal to come on the property.
Multiple calls to Anderson Fertilizer went unanswered.
The other companies included Anchor Drilling Fluids USA in Odessa; Standley Feed and Seed in Madisonville and Iola; and Texas Crushed Stone Co. in Georgetown.
The April explosion in West killed 15 people and injured 200 others.
Assistant State Fire Marshal Kelly Kistner told lawmakers Monday that investigators still haven't ruled out that the blast was a criminal act. But he says chances are not great that they'll ever determine whether the electrical system at West Fertilizer Co. played a role.
Copyright 2013 KLTV. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Monday, September 1 2014 2:00 AM EDT2014-09-01 06:00:48 GMT
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