iOS app Android app

Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion

Kate Sheppard

Federal Agencies Propose Tougher Chemical Safety After Disaster In West, Texas | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A federal working group released a report Friday that details how the government can improve chemical plant safety and security, more th...

Texas Agency: Firefighters Unprepared For Blast

AP | NOMAAN MERCHANT | Posted 05.16.2014 | Green

WEST, Texas (AP) — The firefighters who tried in vain to stop a burning Texas fertilizer plant from exploding weren't prepared for the dangers of th...

Investigators: Deadly Texas Fertilizer Blast Preventable

Reuters | Posted 06.22.2014 | Green

(Adds details on cause of explosion, guidance, findings, background) By Erwin Seba DALLAS, April 22 (Reuters) - A deadl...

Feds Grant Millions To Rebuild Schools Ruined In Explosion

AP | RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI | Posted 02.10.2014 | Green

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal agency is granting $20 million to a rural Central Texas town to help rebuild two schools destroyed in last year's deadly fe...

Former Paramedic Guilty Of Trying To Make Pipe Bomb

AP | NOMAAN MERCHANT | Posted 12.04.2013 | Crime

DALLAS (AP) — A former Texas paramedic faces sentencing on charges that he tried to assemble a pipe bomb, in a case unrelated to the fertilizer plan...

Kate Sheppard

Shutdown Delays Critical Safety Rules Requested After Deadly Texas Explosion | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- The 16-day government shutdown earlier this month has delayed the new chemical safety rules that President Barack Obama called for in ...

Texas Fertilizer Plant Faces Fine Over Two Dozen Serious Safety Violations

AP | DINA CAPPIELLO and RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI | Posted 10.10.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — The Texas company that operated a fertilizer plant where a thunderous explosion in April killed 15 people is facing ...

Are You in Danger of a Preventable Chemical Plant Explosion?

Philip Radford | Posted 10.02.2013 | Green
Philip Radford

The West, Texas tragedy was one of many preventable disasters that have happened in the decade since the EPA first proposed using the Clean Air Act to enforce common sense rules for chemical plants. It's been over 10 years, and we're still waiting.

For Schools In Town Of Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion, There Is Still Much To Be Done

AP | NOMAAN MERCHANT | Posted 09.15.2013 | Business

DALLAS — After a massive fertilizer plant explosion devastated the rural town of West in April, local teachers and administrators did what they ...

After Explosion, Texas Adopts a 'Fertilizer Happens' Policy

Jason Stanford | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

They're still not sure what caused the explosion or how to prevent another one, but Texas officials are united on who should be held responsible. They all want the federal government to pay up.

Enabling Greed Makes U.S. Sick

Bill Moyers | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

All too often, instead of acting as a brake on runaway corporate power and greed, government becomes their enabler, undermining the very rules and regulations intended to keep us safe.

Fertilizer Plant Rescuer To Plead Not Guilty In Bomb-Making Rap

AP | NOMAAN MERCHANT and DANNY ROBBINS | Posted 07.15.2013 | Crime

WACO, Texas — A first responder who helped evacuate people ahead of a deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant pleaded not guilty Wednesday ...

Fertilizer Plant's New Problem: Toxic Gas

AP | NOMAAN MERCHANT and RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI | Posted 05.15.2013 | Crime

WEST, Texas -- When they saw 30-foot flames licking the sky inside a massive fertilizer plant, firefighters in this tiny Texas town rushed to evacuate...

Ammonium Nitrate Was Explosive In Fertilizer Plant Blast

AP | Posted 05.06.2013 | Crime

AUSTIN, Texas -- A store of ammonium nitrate is what exploded April 17 at a Central Texas plant, killing 14 people, injuring hundreds and devastating ...

Texas Fertilizer Plant Targeted By Thieves In Past

AP | NOMAAN MERCHANT | Posted 05.03.2013 | Crime

WEST, Texas -- Burglars occasionally sneaked into and around a Texas fertilizer plant in the years before a massive, deadly explosion – sometime...

Dave Jamieson

Democrats Call For Probe Of Texas Plant Disaster | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nearly two weeks after a massive explosion at a West, Texas, fertilizer plant took at least 15 lives and destroyed entire neighborhoods,...

Islamophobia: Fear in Perspective

Walker Bragman | Posted 06.29.2013 | Politics
Walker Bragman

We've heard it everywhere, on every station, every major news outlet, and every talk radio show: Islamophobia is alive and well in the United States.

Perry Disgusted By Shocking Cartoon

AP | WILL WEISSERT | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas -- Gov. Rick Perry said Friday he's disgusted a California newspaper ran a cartoon that depicts him boasting about booming business in T...

Emily Swanson

Americans Want More Workplace Safety Regulations, More Enforcement: Poll | Emily Swanson | Posted 05.14.2013 | Business

Americans are more likely than not to say that workplace safety regulations should be more strict in the wake of a fertilizer plant that exploded in T...

'Green News Report' - April 25, 2013

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.25.2013 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport FACEBOOK: Green News Report The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'...

Remembering Victims Of The Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion

AP | JUAN CARLOS LLORCA and DANNY ROBBINS | Posted 06.25.2013 | Crime

WACO, Texas -- On April 17, an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, leveled part of the small town located some 20 miles north of Waco. Mos...

Huffington This Week: The View From West

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.24.2013 | Business
Arianna Huffington

This week, Chris Kirkham and Ben Hallman look at the tragic explosion of the fertilizer plant in West, Texas that left 14 people dead and a town grasping for answers. And Mallika Rao writes about Santa Monica's Local Wellbeing Index, an approach to governing "with a citizen's inner life in mind."

Explosion Likely To Cost More Than $100 Million

AP | Posted 06.24.2013 | Business

WEST, Texas — The damage to surrounding homes and businesses caused by an explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant was estimated Wednesday to excee...

Owner Of Deadly Texas Plant Sued

Reuters | Jim Forsyth | Posted 04.24.2013 | Business

April 23 (Reuters) - The owner of a fertilizer plant that exploded last week killing 14 people and destroying dozens of homes and an apartment complex...

After Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion, School Resumes In Tiny Town

AP | NOMAAN MERCHANT | Posted 06.22.2013 | Crime

WEST, Texas — Teachers waited outside Monday morning like it was the first day of school in this tiny Texas town, hoping that a welcoming handsh...