West Fertilizer Co. News

Safety Laws Still Lacking a Year After Texas Plant Blast

It has been a year since a fire caused a huge explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant that killed 15 people, yet companies in the state can still store hazardous chemicals in flammable wooden containers in buildings without sprinklers and …

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 …

Industry Pushing Back in Texas Against Fertilizer Plant Safety Requirements

The state fire marshal wants 46 facilities that store ammonium nitrate in Texas to make safety improvements following the deadly West fertilizer plant explosion last year. State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy proposed new building requirements ahead of the anniversary of …

West, Texas Schools Receive $20M for Fertilizer Blast Recovery

A federal agency is granting $20 million to a rural Central Texas town to help rebuild two schools destroyed in last year’s deadly fertilizer plant explosion, town and federal officials said. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide the West …

U.S. Cites 24 Violations in Fatal Blast at Texas Plant in April

The fertilizer facility in Texas that exploded earlier this year, killing 15 people, was cited yesterday by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 24 violations of worker safety protections and issued a proposed fine of $118,300. In April, a …

Further Investigation of Fertilizer Plant Blast Delayed

The partial government shutdown is delaying the federal investigation of the fertilizer plant explosion in West and efforts to improve chemical safety, Sen. Barbara Boxer of California said. Deadlines set by President Barack Obama for Cabinet members and agency heads …

FEMA Approves Aid For Texas Fertilizer Plant Blast

The Federal Emergency Management Agency reversed its previous decision and approved additional funding to help rebuild the small Texas town where an April fertilizer plant explosion leveled homes, damaged buildings and killed 15 people. President Barack Obama issued a “major …

Devastated Texas Town Ponders Schools’ Future

After a massive 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 a disaster that killed 15 people and wrecked hundreds of structures, including …

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 …

Cause of Texas Fertilizer Fire ‘Undetermined,’ Authorities Say

The cause of the fire that triggered the explosions in a fertilizer plant in Texas last month has been deemed “undetermined,” investigators say. Texas State Fire Marshall Chris Connealy said the scene investigation into what caused the fire in the …