West Fertilizer explosion News

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 …

Mayor of West, Texas, an Independent Agent, Named Trusted Choice Hometown Hero

The Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IIAT) has named Tommy Muska of Muska Insurance Services in West as its newest Trusted Choice Hometown Hero. Hometown Hero recognizes Trusted Choice insurance agents who go above and beyond to help their communities. …

Texas Fertilizer Explosion on List of Texas Lawmaker Priorities

The West fertilizer blast that killed 15 people will face more scrutiny over the next year from Texas lawmakers who could strengthen state regulations surrounding chemical facility safety and inspections, according to a list of House priorities released on Jan. …

Texas Fire Marshal Preaches Safety, Training After West

When a fertilizer plant exploded in a small Texas town, killing 15 people and decimating homes and schools, it became Chris Connealy’s responsibility to stop anything like it from happening again. The state fire marshal has spent the last eight …

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 …

Donation Money Finally Going to Texas Fertilizer Blast Victims

Officials in the central Texas town devastated by a fertilizer plant explosion earlier this year finally are moving forward with distribution of money collected from private donations. John Crowder of the West, Texas, Long-Term Recovery Center says as many as …

Texas Fire Marshal: Inspections Refused Since West Blast

Five facilities in Texas with large quantities of the same fertilizer chemical that fueled the deadly plant explosion in West have turned away state fire marshal inspectors since the blast, investigators said. A railway operator that hauls hazardous materials across …

After Blast, Texas Town Fights to Keep its Residents

John Crowder stood on the gray concrete slab where his house once was in West, Texas, pointing out one spot after another. There was the garage where an overflow of guests would eat their Christmas dinner. There was the dining …

Texas Law Change Would Allow Reappraisals After Disaster

Hundreds of property owners whose homes and businesses were damaged by the earth-rattling fertilizer plant explosion that devastated the town of West in April may catch a break on their property taxes under recently approved legislation. A bill awaiting Gov. …