Texas Has Most Hazardous Chemical Plants In U.S.

Dec 12, 2014
Jill Ament

After the 2013 fertilizer explosion in West, President Obama issued an executive order to make chemical facilities across the country safer. But since then, little has been done to secure those facilities and according to a Congressional report, Texas has the highest number of hazardous chemical plants in the nation.

Today when a Texas House panel hosted a hearing to get an update on money from BP after the Deep Water Horizon explosion, lawmakers learned about money BP gave to the Governor’s office, without looping the Legislature in. 


Ammonium nitrate was the active ingredient in the West Fertilizer plant explosion last year. Monday, an agriculture industry group asked that even companies that every facility that stores the fertilizer report it. 

One Year Later, West Leaders Still Worried About Long-Term Effects

Apr 24, 2014

Today is the anniversary of the explosion that killed 15 and injured over 200 in West. This afternoon city leaders met and gave an update on the city, one year after the blast. Mayor Tommy Muska said the town has rebuilt a lot, but he’s worried about the long-term affects of post-traumatic stress, concussions and other injuries that may have not been visible.

West Remembers 15 Fallen, 1 Year Later

Apr 18, 2014
Ryland Barton, KWBU News

Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of the fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 and injured over 200 in the West. Much of the town gathered at a memorial last night to remember the fallen.