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West Texas Explosion

Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in 2015

Keith Mestrich | Posted 05.24.2015 | Business
Keith Mestrich

The backlash to this incident became a turning point in the history of the US and global labor movements. But 104 years later, it has become clear that too many folks in this country have forgotten the painful lessons of that day.

Leaders Tell Obama: Time Running Out on Preventing Chemical Disasters

David Halperin | Posted 05.23.2015 | Green
David Halperin

Late last week, hundreds of organizations and people sent a letter to President Obama warning that his administration is running of time to act on an issue long-identified by the president as essential to our national security and public safety: protecting our people from the dangers of accidents or deliberate attacks at U.S. chemical plants. Here is the text of the letter.

Countdown: Deadliest Chemical Accidents Since 2009

Diana Ruiz | Posted 10.19.2014 | Green
Diana Ruiz

It's been a year since Obama signed an executive order directing federal agencies to modernize chemical plant safety and security policies. Since then federal agencies tasked with developing new requirements for all chemical facilities in the United States have moved painfully slow.

Greg Abbott Thinks Companies Will Reveal Their Chemical Stockpiles If You Just Ask Nice

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 07.03.2014 | Politics

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) came under a barrage of criticism this week after he urged the state's residents to just "drive around" and kno...

Obama Task Force on Chemical Dangers: Strong Enough?

David Halperin | Posted 08.06.2014 | Green
David Halperin

We owe it to the victims of West, Texas, and all the people living and working near these chemical facilities, to take strong action.

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...

Kate Sheppard

Is Your Kid's School Located Near A Chemical Facility? | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.16.2014 | Green

A new study released Wednesday finds there are almost 10,000 schools across the country located within a mile of a chemical facility. The rese...

Town May Build Another Fertilizer Plant Just A Year After Deadly Blast

Reuters | Lisa Maria Garza | Posted 04.15.2014 | Business

WEST, Texas, April 15 (Reuters) - Not far from an enormous crater where a fertilizer plant stood before an explosion there killed 15 people, lifeless ...

President Obama's Chemical Safety Panel Must Heed Senator Obama's Warnings

David Halperin | Posted 03.20.2014 | Green
David Halperin

I've heard Obama administration officials describe chemical plant safety as a national security issue. I find that encouraging. It is a national security issue that poses a real threat to our people, just as, say, Iran's nuclear program does.

Kate Sheppard

Federal Agencies Aim To Prevent The Next Deadly Chemical Plant Explosion | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Federal agencies on Friday released new proposals meant to address safety concerns at chemical plants across the country, a response to ...

Shutdown Endangers All of Us

David Foster | Posted 12.14.2013 | Politics
David Foster

The oratorical nihilism of conservative House Republicans is now poised to bring our country to the brink of financial collapse. They've succeeded in shutting the government down, putting politics in front of the public good and even common sense.

Obama Can and Must Act Now on Chemical Plant Safety

David Halperin | Posted 10.29.2013 | Green
David Halperin

High-priced lobbyists for the Koch brothers and other chemical plant owners have for decades prevented effective action on Capitol Hill to make these plants safer from attack or accident. But President Obama has the power to make that happen.

Help Coming For Town Rocked By Explosion

AP | WILL WEISSERT | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas — The Federal Emergency Management Agency reversed its previous decision and approved additional funding Friday to help rebuild th...

Obama Takes Action After West, Texas Explosion

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered federal agencies to review safety rules at chemical facilities in response to the deadly...

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 ...

Texas: America's Dream or Nightmare?

Bob Burnett | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Bob Burnett

What's happened in Texas graphically illustrates the choice facing America. We can adopt an extreme pro-business strategy and subordinate worker pay and safety. Or we can adopt a strategy that puts people first.

We Need More Government Regulation of Businesses... Not Less

David Macaray | Posted 08.19.2013 | Business
David Macaray

Our understanding of human nature, the laws of economics, the history of mankind, and a quick glance in the mirror tell us everything we need to know. In short, that so-called "self-policing" doctrine promoted by free market zealots is a howling fraud.

FEMA Denies West, Texas Funds

AP | RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics

HOUSTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is refusing to provide additional money to help rebuild the small Texas town where a deadly fe...

Are Chemical Safety Inspectors Being Blocked in West, TX?

Danielle Brian | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
Danielle Brian

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) was able to send its national response team to begin looking for a possible crime. The problem however, is that this has been getting in the way of the Chemical Safety Board (CSB).

Poor Planning Left Texas Firefighters Unprepared

Reuters | Posted 07.22.2013 | Business


Cause Of Fire Still Unknown

Reuters | Posted 05.16.2013 | Business

WEST, Texas, May 16 (Reuters) - The cause of the fire that triggered a massive explosion at a West, Texas, fertilizer plant remains undetermined and a...

Three Cheers for Regulation!

Steven Conn | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Steven Conn

There are plenty of places around the globe where the private sector isn't burdened by regulation. Like Bangladesh, where under-regulated factory operations yield cheap clothing at the price of human life. Or China, where you can't ever be quite sure what you're eating and whether it will poison you.

Scrutinizing The Clamor: Are We Screaming Muffled Screams?

Charles Redfern | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
Charles Redfern

Time has lapsed since the week of explosions and a locked-down city and a Senate minority trampling the vast majority's common-sense dreams. We can now sift through the post-trauma media noise and ask: Are we really communicating? Many talk, but who is listening?

The Hollowing Out of Government

Robert Reich | Posted 07.05.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

Repealing laws by hollowing them out -- failing to fund their enforcement or implementation -- works because the public doesn't know it's happening. Enactment of a law attracts attention; de-funding it doesn't.