Year after Texas plant blast, no new safety laws
POSTED: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 7:00am
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 7:14am
Since West blast, the EPA issued guidelines for the storage of ammonium nitrate
Houston — The Houston Chronicle is reporting; 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 volunteer firefighters like those who rushed into that plant still aren't required to train how to fight such fires.
Despite investigations that have yielded new information about safety deficiencies at the plant in West and voluntary safety steps taken by the fertilizer industry, there hasn't been a single state or federal law passed since the explosion requiring change.