The LaPorte County Indiana Sheriff's Department reports a fertilizer plant explosion in the town of Union Mills, IN earlier today. One person is confirmed dead. Deputy Neil Lachmund of the LaPorte County Sheriff's Department told wsbt news that only the complex itself had been evacuated and that crews are on the scene to ensure no chemicals were released into the air.
Lachmund said, "At this time it [chemicals in the air] is a concern, but I cannot confirm that it will be an active concern."
This comes as Senator Barbara Boxer sharpens her stick in preparation for a hearing into the April West, Texas explosion that killed 15 people and destroyed part of the town. Just last week another explosion at a Donaldsonville, LA plant made headlines and the following day, a blast at a Geismar, LA olefin complex reported more fatalities and injuries.
As nitrogen production increases in the United States, N producers may find a regulatory climate that is unfriendly to fertilizer and with the national fertilizer death toll fast reaching 20 in 2013, expect regulators to ask some tough questions of the industry.