Established in February 1994, the House Natural Disaster Task Force released its report on preparing for and responding to natural disasters. Co-chaired by Reps. Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Bill Emerson (R-MO), the task force discussed ways to fund the massive recovery programs voted on by Congress in the wake of large-scale disasters. Reps. Curt Weldon (R-PA) and Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY), co-chairmen of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, were appointed to serve on the task force. They worked
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Sodium nitrate is an oxidizing, relatively stable, white-to-colorless, odorless, ionic crystalline solid of moderate toxicity with a salt-like, slightly bitter taste. It is a very popular and common chemical used in the manufacture of explosives (such as dynamite and black powder), fertilizers, food additives, glass, matches, meat preservatives, pharmaceuticals, pottery enamel, pyrotechnics, refrigerants, and other nitrates of sodium salts.
Usually a white solid that is very soluble in water, ammonium nitrate is principally used as a fertilizer—but, once involved in an incident, can present many serious hazards. PROPERTIES/APPEARANCE There are many grades of ammonium nitrate and, depending on the additives that may be present, the color can vary from off-white to brown.
EXPLOSION of a semi-trailer van containing 13 tons of nitro earbo nitrate (ammonium nitrate blasting agent), 2 tons of 60-percent gelatin dynamite and 99 blasting caps near Bushkill, Pa., during the early morning hours of June 20 resulted in death of six persons, injured 13 others and destroyed three pumpers of the Marshalls Creek Volunteer Fire Department.