Safety Concerns for Pulaski Fertilizer Plant
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PULASKI, WI- The Texas explosion is also a cause for concern in Northeast Wisconsin. It has Brown County Emergency Management considering safety precautions at a fertilizer plant in Pulaski but first responders there want people to know they're ready for any emergency.
United Cooperative, the company that owns the plant in Pulaski says they store anhydrous ammonia there, a very dangerous chemical. Now efforts are well underway to make sure what happened in Texas doesn't happen here.
"We're prepared for it."
Captain Bruce Brzeczkowski of the Pulaski Fire Department says the fertilizer plant in the middle of town "definitely could be a concern. It's a little bit bigger plant."
After the explosion at a fertilizer plant in texas they're a little more aware of it.
"We look at that pretty closely.We probably will be reviewing that again," says Brzeczkowski.
"We do a lot of pre-planning."
Paul Gazdik of Brown County Emergency Management says they hold meetings on these situations every six months.The company that owns the plant says they have inspections every three years.
"Incidents where they have small releases and then they share that information," says Gazdik.
They also hold exercises to be prepared for emergencies.
The Brown County Emergency Management department says they haven't had a walkthrough with the plant since 2008, but they say after what happened in Texas, they say it may be time to take a look at what's going on in the plant one more time.
"Definitely on our minds yeah absolutely, and I know we'll be talking about this at our next LEPC meeting and kind of guaging interest and response in that."
While local first responders will continue to look at "different options that we'll have in our protocol." In order to keep people safe from any kind of incident.
The plant in Pulaski is one of many in Brown County. Emergency Management recently met with first responders after the Texas explosion.