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West Texas Fertilizer Plant

30 Years After Bhopal, Long Past Time to Make Chemical Plants Safer

David Halperin | Posted 12.10.2014 | Green
David Halperin

The administration has moved slowly on the process, and there also appears to be a risk that the administration will not, as our coalition of community and environmental organizations has strongly urged, issue the rule so that it takes effect before President Obama leaves office.

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...

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 ...

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...

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 ...

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).

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...

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 ...

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,...

13 Deadly Workplace Disasters

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 04.30.2013 | Business

The world witnessed two of the most devastating workplace disasters in recent memory this month, as the explosion of a fertilizer plant in Texas and c...

Jason Linkins

The Nightmare That Led To The Texas Plant Explosion | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics

Yesterday, President Barack Obama attended both the opening of President George W. Bush's presidential library and the memorial service for those who ...

GOP, Chamber of Commerce and Fox News: Did They Play a Role in the Fertilizer Plant Deaths?

Art Levine | Posted 06.26.2013 | Green
Art Levine

The evidence is now overwhelming that lax enforcement was abetted by the seven state and Federal agencies that looked the other way or failed to see its 270 tons of potentially explosive ammonium nitrate.

What If They Blew Up a Small Town in the Heartland? (And Nobody Cared?)

Kevin McDonough | Posted 06.25.2013 | Entertainment
Kevin McDonough

It may seem insensitive, at the very least, to evoke Ghostbusters while discussing a tragedy that claimed at least 15 lives. But it's worth thinking about how much our political/entertainment culture has ridiculed and feminized the impulse towards regulation and safety.

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."

Chris Kirkham

Texas Plant's Hazards Eluded Regulators For Nearly 30 Years | Chris Kirkham | Posted 04.25.2013 | Business

WEST, Texas -- Long before it captured national headlines as the scene of a lethal industrial explosion, the fertilizer plant on the edge of this cent...

Obama To Attend Memorial For Texas Explosion Victims

AP | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House says President Barack Obama will attend a memorial service for victims of the fertilizer plant explosion in the town of ...

Dave Jamieson

This Week's Forgotten Tragedy | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.22.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The staggering death toll continues to rise -- not in Boston, but in the small town of West, Texas. Buried by the extraordinary devel...

A 'Teachable' Moment: Rush Aid to West (TX), But Make Cruz Beg, Include ObamaCare Funding

Paul Abrams | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Senator Cruz must lead the fight for aid on the Senate floor. He must explain why federal government aid for West is good and necessary. He must also explain why federal money is justifiable only in an acute disaster, and not in a chronic disaster such as joblessness.

Texas Lawmakers Who Voted Against Sandy Aid Ask For Help After Explosion

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 04.19.2013 | Politics

A pair of Republican lawmakers who voted against federal aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy are now looking for federal aid in the wake of the de...

LOOK: This Amazing Local Bakery Is Keeping Its Doors Open To Texas Explosion Victims

Posted 04.19.2013 | Good News

A bakery in West, Texas, has become an essential part of the town's relief efforts in the wake of Wednesday's disastrous fertilizer plant explosion. ...

The Heroism Of These Volunteer Firefighters Will Inspire You

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 04.18.2013 | Good News

Volunteer firefighters have been hailed as heroes after they selflessly risked their lives on Wednesday, battling the roaring flames at a Texas fertil...

Texas Fertilizer Plant Cited For 2006 Permit Violation

AP | Posted 04.18.2013 | Business

WEST, Texas -- The Texas fertilizer plant where an explosion injured more than 100 people and killed an unknown number of others was cited for failing...