Congressman wants chemical list

Chemical fire in Northwood

MASON CITY, Iowa –  More than two months have passed since a chemical fire forced a North Iowa town to evacuate.

Now, an Iowa Congressman wants to make sure an incident like that doesn’t happen again.

The fire broke out in Northwood on February 20th at Northwood Ag products.

They were storing fertilizer at the time.

That has Representative Bruce Braley asking for a list.

It would include Iowa facilities that have turned in emergency and hazardous chemical forms or tier 2 forms.

He wants to use that information to make sure the public, local governments and law enforcement are all in the loop.

That’s something another congressman agrees with as well.

“Because in an experience like this it makes you want to make sure you can minimize the risk of future populations and in order to do that you have to know where these facilities are,” said U.S. Representative Bruce Braley.

“I think that information should be easily available on the internet I think our emergency responders should have instantaneous access to that,” said U.S. Representative Steve King.

Braley says the biggest challenge right now with this plan is making sure every facility is accounted for.

He says he hopes to have the list updated and finished by the end of May.

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