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Associated Press, Published May 08 2012

Minot nixes chemical site near proposed school

MINOT, N.D. — The Minot City Council has denied a permit that an energy company needed to store a large amount of flammable chemicals in a facility near the site of a proposed school.

The Minot Daily News reports Baker Hughes is building a warehouse in north Minot primarily to handle technology operations, but it also wanted to store chemicals in the facility. The Minot Fire Department and the city Planning Commission earlier endorsed the plan.

A new middle school is to be built about a third of a mile from the Baker Hughes property. City Alderman Blake Krabseth said the company's proposal presented little danger, but City Alderman Dean Frantsvog said there was "no acceptable level of risk" when it came to children.

The Council voted 8-5 to deny the permit.

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Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.