GAO Weighs in on Responses to West
At the request of Congress, the General Accountability Office (GAO) studied possible responses to the April 2013 West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion. The report, “Chemical Safety: Actions Needed to Improve Federal Oversight of Facilities with Ammonium Nitrate,” (GAO-14-274, May 19) GAO is recommending that federal agencies improve data sharing, that OSHA and EPA consider revising their related regulations to cover ammonium nitrate, and that OSHA conduct outreach to the fertilizer industry and target high risk facilities for inspection. DHS, EPA, and OSHA agreed with GAO’s recommendations and suggested technical changes, which GAO incorporated as appropriate. The report can be found at http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-274, with highlights at http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/663296.pdf.