West Fertilizer Plant
The Federal Emergency Management Agency reversed its previous decision and approved additional funding Friday to help rebuild the small Texas town where an April fertilizer plant explosion leveled homes, damaged buildings and killed 15 people.
After a fertilizer plant explosion devastated the rural town of West in April, local teachers and administrators did what they could to help the community cope with the disaster that wrecked hundreds of structures, including three of city’s four schools.
Nearly three months after a deadly fertilizer plant explosion, experts say it’s now safe to drink water from all public supplies in the City of West.
Experts blamed lax regulations and a patchwork of safety standards with many large holes for leading to the fertilizer plant explosion last April that killed 15 people in West.
A federal agency investigating the deadly April explosion at the fertilizer plant in West told a Senate committee Thursday that regulation of the dangerous chemicals used in the industry fall under a “patchwork” of standards.
For the first time since the West fertilizer plant exploded last April killing 15 people, the EPA is responding to questions posed by Congress.
Two months to the day after the West Fertilizer Company plant exploded, killing 15 people, Texas lawmakers say they’re in no rush to propose tougher regulations or laws to prevent the tragedy from happening again.
Nearly two months ago, the West Fertilizer Plant exploded. The blast leveled a large part of the city. Thursday, workers started tearing down one of the large buildings damaged in the disaster
Fears of terrorism have made it harder than ever for citizens to find out what dangerous chemicals lurk in their backyards. Secrecy and shoddy record-keeping have kept the public and emergency workers in the dark about stockpiles of explosive material.
The West First Baptist Church is paying the bill, using $200,000 in donations received from people across the state and nation to bring down the damaged homes.
CBS 11 News has learned federal agents are now investigating the six-alarm condominium fire in which a Dallas firefighter was trapped and killed.
Through his attorney, Jonathan Sibley, the 31 year old pleaded not guilty to possessing a destructive device. Sibley disputes federal prosecutors’ accusations Reed had chemicals, metals, and other equipment to make a pipe-bomb.