Fertilizer Industry Grows Despite Safety Concerns The current wave of potential fertilizer plant expansions come with concerns. A blast at a West, Texas fertilizer plant in April killed 15 people , highlighting the dangers of such facilities and how loosely they're regulated.
Devastated Town Of West Pondering Schools' FutureAfter 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.
Rick Perry Expects President Obama To Help Rebuild WestGov. Rick Perry told about 400 people in the town still reeling from a fertilizer plant explosion three months ago that the state will work to help rebuild West.
3 Months After Blast Boil Water Order Lifted For City Of WestNearly 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.
Verbal Fireworks At Capitol Hill Hearing Over Deadly Explosion In WestExperts 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.
Agency Investigating West Blast Finds Lax Regulation Of Chemicals 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.
Legal Expert: City of West's Lawsuit "Difficult Case To Win"The City of West has filed a lawsuit against the owner of the fertilizer company that exploded and its supplier, but an environmental law attorney says it will be a difficult case.
Texas Lawmakers Request Changes After West ExplosionTwo 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.
Volunteers Demolish Buildings Damaged In West ExplosionNearly 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
FEMA Denies Assistance To West After Deadly ExplosionThe small city of West that was rocked by a powerful and deadly explosion is being jolted again: This time by FEMA.
Requirements Vary For FEMA Disaster AssistanceThe individual victims of the West explosion are getting help. But the announcement that FEMA has denied disaster money, to help rebuild infrastructure destroyed in April's fertilizer plant explosion, directly affects the city’s request for help.
Hundreds In West Seek FEMA Help Since Plant BlastNearly 800 people have sought Federal Emergency Management Agency help since a deadly fertilizer plant explosion decimated a Central Texas town.
Presence Of Explosive Chemicals Often Kept Secret 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.
Massive Demolition Of Blast-Damaged Homes In WestWork crews funded by a church are beginning an effort to knock down 50 unlivable homes in West, where a fertilizer plant explosion devastated the town.
ATF Accused Of Blocking Investigation Of West ExplosionThe ATF is under fire. It's among the lead agencies investigating the fire and explosion at the West Fertilizer Company plant that killed 15 people last month. Agents from another organization looking into the blast accuse the ATF of interfering and delaying their investigation.