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Van Es says:
“The anhydrous ammonia was not likely the source of the explosion. There now appears to have been ammonium nitrate at the plant, which is highly explosive – it was used in the Oklahoma City bombing. If this is correct, then the storage of such large quantity of explosive material near a residential area appears highly risky.”
Note: Van Es recently explained fertilizer to listeners of WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show.
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Simon Coulson is a visiting instructor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Cornell University. In addition to his academic career, Coulson works as an energy risk engineer for companies insuring oil refineries and petrochemical plants. He can speak toward the dangers of ammonia and other safety hazards in chemical plants.
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