West Fertilizer Company
The massive fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people last year is unlikely to meaningfully change regulatory or safety rules in Texas until at least 2016 under the latest bill offered Tuesday by lawmakers tasked with scrutinizing the blast.
The first bill drafted by Texas lawmakers in response to the West fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people got an icy reception Tuesday from Republicans who said the tougher proposed regulations would overburden storage facilities with complexities and cost.
A health report on the impact of the West fertilizer plant explosion says 262 people were injured in the blast. That’s in addition to the 15 people killed by the April 17, 2013, explosion.
A new state fire marshal report, investigating the firefighter deaths when the West Fertilizer Company plant exploded in 2013, is making some recommendations when it comes to firefighter planning and training.
The fertilizer plant explosion in West that killed 15 people a year ago could have been prevented. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board presented its preliminary findings about the blast in front of a packed room of residents and town officials.
Some people in West lost family members the night of April 17, 2013. Some lost their homes and there are others who lost both. One of those families spoke with CBS 11 News about the last year and how they’re rebuilding their lives.
As the state remembers West, Texas on the one-year anniversary of a deadly explosion, the mayor in the town acknowledged that local officials are considering building a new fertilizer plant.
There is a permanent memorial to the first responders who died in West, Texas, but it’s not actually in West. The monumental tribute was built by just one man, who didn’t have a lot of money to spend and received no help.
State officials say an additional $4.8 million in disaster assistance will be provided to the Central Texas community of West as it continues to rebuild from the devastating fertilizer plant explosion last year that killed 15.
This week marks one year since the West Fertilizer Plant explosion. The blast killed 15 people — including father and volunteer firefighter Perry Calvin. His family spoke with CBS 11 News about their unexpected loss.
The landscape isn’t the only thing that has changed in West, Texas, since a fertilizer explosion killed 15 people and destroyed more than 200 homes.
People in West may get more answers about the explosion that destroyed part of town.