2 fertilizer plants in Eastern Washington
FINLEY, Wash. (AP) The Washington State Department of Agriculture says there are two fertilizer plants in the state that make similar products to the West, Texas facility that exploded this week.
King 5 News reports both facilities are in the same town of Finley, located outside of Richland in Benton County, and have good safety records.
Benton County Fire Department Captain Jeff Ripley says the two facilities are surrounded by deluge monitors and water guns.
Ripley says the facilities were initially built away from communities, but that towns grew up around them.
Fire fighters say they constantly tour the plants and plan for problems and say neither facility stores explosive materials in the same containers as those in Texas.