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Hawaii Sues Takata, Honda over Defective Air Bags

The state of Hawaii is suing Japanese manufacturer Takata over defective air bags they say threaten peoples’ lives. The lawsuit filed last week in the First Circuit Court of Hawaii also names auto manufacturer Honda. Millions of Takata’s defective air bags …

Texas Town Faces Questions After Arson Blamed for Fertilizer Plant Blast

One question has lingered in the Central Texas farming town of West since a fertilizer plant caught fire in 2013 and exploded, killing 15 people and damaging at least $100 million in property: What caused the blaze? On May 11, …

Report: Ammonium Nitrate Still Close to Schools, Houses in Texas

A newspaper analysis has found that while some safety steps have been taken across Texas following the deadly 2013 explosion at a plant in West, tons of the same kind of fertilizer that exploded there can still be found near …

Dozens of Dangerous Texas Chemical Plants Operate near Public Centers: Report

Dozens of Texas plants similar to a fertilizer facility that exploded in the town of West in 2013, one of Texas’ worst industrial accidents, are still operating near schools, hospitals and residential neighborhoods, federal regulators say. A report released by …

On Anniversary of Texas Fertilizer Explosion, Families Seek Balance

Families of the 15 people killed in a massive explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant have spent the year since the blast navigating the difficult balance between moving forward and digging for answers from the past. Many of them filed …

Agency Investigating Plant Blast Finds Lax Chemical Regulation

A federal agency investigating a deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant will tell a Senate committee that regulation of the dangerous chemicals used in the industry fall under a “patchwork” of standards that are decades old and are far …

Inquiry Into Texas Blast Plagued by Regulatory Gap

Federal and state officials investigating the April 17 deadly blast at a Central Texas fertilizer company are trying to determine whether a fire at the plant could have ignited a supply of ammonium nitrate. But how much of the highly …