The Government Accountability Office has prepared a report, that the Associated Press scooped, in which the GAO says outdated federal policies, poor information sharing with states and too many industry exemptions have resulted in minimal federal oversight of U.S. facilities that stock ammonium nitrate fertilizer.
The AP article claims the report shows the Homeland Security Department’s database of ammonium nitrate storage facilities in the U.S. actually only lists two-thirds of the actual storage sites in the country.
“The GAO faulted the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency for decades-old chemical safety regulations that have failed in large part to cover ammonium nitrate,” the AP article contends.
The report was shared with members of Congress, some of whom were outraged with the report’s findings and all the safety lapses recounted in the report.
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