Kansas chemical blast may spur safety steps

National panel using Kansas event as example of what can go wrong in the storage of flammable liquids

One option for Barton Solvents, if it doesn't rebuild in Valley Center, is opening a tank farm in Bel Aire, near 53rd and Greenwich. The Bel Aire site would allow for more of a buffer zone, Casten said.

Wherever Barton Solvents puts its new tank farm, it would have about 40 tanks, Casten said. He hopes a new tank farm could open in about eight months.

"Our goal is to stay right in this area," he said.

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