Report: Data on Chemical Accidents Incomplete 8/25/13
August 25, 2013
DALLAS (AP) - A newspaper report says incomplete and inaccurate data makes it impossible to determine how many serious chemical accidents like the one that killed 15 people in a Central Texas town this year occur annually in the United States.
The Dallas Morning News found in an analysis of more than 750,000 federal records that even the best national data on chemical accidents is wrong nine times out of 10.
After April's explosion at the West Fertilizer Co., the newspaper began analyzing four federal databases to determine how often serious industrial chemical accidents occur. It concluded there was no way to know because the data was so poor.
The newspaper says the government is aware of the problem, but efforts to address it have floundered for lack of funding or attention.