I-Team: Thefts, Leaks Frequent At West Fertilizer Plant

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

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WEST (CBS 11 NEWS) – For a facility that had the potential to destroy everything around it, law enforcement records show the West Fertilizer Co. was easy for thieves and burglars to access. Call records and reports from the McClennan County Sheriff’s Department show at least 14 burglary and theft calls, and 8 reports of ammonia leaks dating back to 2002. The reports show that at one point in 2002, the plant was being hit by ammonia thieves as often as every three days.

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As recently as October someone driving by the business reported an ammonia smell strong enough to burn your eyes. An investigation showed there was no need for evacuation, but it appeared someone had been “messing with the valve” on one of the tanks.

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