Feds: No criminal charges in Atchison, KS grain elevator explosi - KCTV5

Feds: No criminal charges in Atchison, KS grain elevator explosion

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The announcement does not dismiss pending enforcement actions by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (KCTV5) The announcement does not dismiss pending enforcement actions by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (KCTV5)
ATCHISON, KS (KCTV/AP) -

Federal prosecutors say there is not sufficient evidence to charge the owner of a northeast Kansas grain elevator where a 2011 explosion killed six people and injured two others.

The office said that based on the information that they have, they have closed the inquiry into the Oct. 29, 2011, explosion of a grain elevator at Bartlett Grain Company in Atchison, KS.

“We have determined there is not sufficient evidence to support criminal charges against the owner, Bartlett Grain Company,” U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.

Kansas investigators previously determined the grain dust explosion was accidental.

The announcement does not dismiss pending enforcement actions by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Bartlett Grain Co. L.P. faces five willful and eight serious safety violations cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration following the explosion.

The serious violations involved a lack of proper preventive maintenance, certification and lubrication of grain handling equipment; inadequate emergency action plan training for employees and contractors; a lack of employee and contractor training on job hazards; and a housekeeping program that was deficient because it did not prevent grain dust accumulations.

The explosion killed Bartlett employees John Burke, Ryan Federinko, Curtis Field, and Chad Roberts, as well as grain inspectors Travis Keil and Darrek Klahr.

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