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West Mayor Tommy Muska has called for fertilizer manufacturers to explore ways to make their products less combustible. He also supports having vendors install sprinklers and store chemicals like ammonium nitrate in safer containers.

“I know that’s still an expensive process for some of these fertilizer plants, and I don’t want to overregulate them,” he acknowledged. “That’s the one thing I don’t want to do.”

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Merchant reported from Dallas.

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