West Explosion http://tpr.org en Greg Abbott Says State Should Not Disclose Location Or Contents Of Chemical Plants http://tpr.org/post/greg-abbott-says-state-should-not-disclose-location-or-contents-chemical-plants <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott explained his opinion on why the state should not disclose sensitive information about chemical plants like the one in the city of West, Texas that exploded one year ago. </span></p><p>In a legal opinion released this week, Abbott said the state should withhold the addresses and list of substances at chemical plants storing dangerous chemicals. While the state will not provide this information openly, Abbott said the public still has the ability to get the information themselves.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:03:21 +0000 Ryan Poppe 34395 at http://tpr.org Lawmaker Plans 2015 Bill To Address Safety Concerns At Chemical Facilities http://tpr.org/post/lawmaker-plans-2015-bill-address-safety-concerns-chemical-facilities <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After a year of investigating the lead up to the fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West, Texas, one state lawmaker announced his intention to author a bill to make such chemical facilities safer.</span></p><p>State Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, <span style="line-height: 1.5;">chairman of the Texas House Homeland Security &amp; Public Safety Committee, </span>made the announcement during a committee hearing Tuesday.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:43:31 +0000 Ryan Poppe 34354 at http://tpr.org Lawmaker Plans 2015 Bill To Address Safety Concerns At Chemical Facilities West Schools Still In Temporary Buildings One Year After Explosion http://tpr.org/post/west-schools-still-temporary-buildings-one-year-after-explosion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It has been one year since the fertilizer plant explosion that leveled several school campuses in the North Texas town of West and administrators are still recovering. &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p><p>West Independent School District Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jan Hungate said the plant explosion destroyed three campuses, so for now an entire school system is using portable buildings.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:54:03 +0000 Ryan Poppe 30244 at http://tpr.org West Schools Still In Temporary Buildings One Year After Explosion What's Being Done To Prevent Another Fertilizer Plant Explosion? http://tpr.org/post/whats-being-done-prevent-another-fertilizer-plant-explosion A year ago today, a deadly blast tore through the small community of West, Texas, killing 15 people and injuring hundreds. Homes and schools were destroyed.<p>The explosion at the West fertilizer plant was one of the worst industrial accidents in Texas history. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:36:02 +0000 editor 30228 at http://tpr.org What's Being Done To Prevent Another Fertilizer Plant Explosion? A 'Roller Coaster' Year For Texas Town Rocked By Blast http://tpr.org/post/roller-coaster-year-texas-town-rocked-blast When firetrucks blew through the small town of West, Texas, on the evening of April 17, 2013, sirens screaming, naturally everybody was curious. People got in their cars and went to see the fire at the West fertilizer plant. For 10 minutes, they watched from cars and backyards as the fire grew ever bigger. A few moved as close as they could because they were filming on their smartphones. At no time did it occur to anybody that they might be in danger.<p>And then — a massive explosion. The men fighting the fire at the plant never had a chance. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:25:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 30043 at http://tpr.org A 'Roller Coaster' Year For Texas Town Rocked By Blast One Year After West Explosion, State Still Has Dozens Of "At-Risk" Plants Operating http://tpr.org/post/one-year-after-west-explosion-state-still-has-dozens-risk-plants-operating <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">House lawmakers charged with investigating what went wrong during the fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West, Texas heard from state officials this week that 46 <span style="line-height: 1.5;">“at-risk” </span>chemical facilities similar to the one in West are still operating.</span></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:22:08 +0000 Ryan Poppe 30029 at http://tpr.org One Year After West Explosion, State Still Has Dozens Of "At-Risk" Plants Operating Learning From The West Explosion: Safety And Security In Tracking Fertilizer Plants http://tpr.org/post/learning-west-explosion-safety-and-security-tracking-fertilizer-plants <p><strong>Texas Matters:</strong> An update on the Texas state fire marshal's online tool to locate ammonium nitrate facilities in the state like the one that exploded in the town of West. Are communities safer from this kind of a disaster? Also on this show: Texas libraries are set to lose federal funding, author Beverly Donofrio on her new memoir.</p><p></p><p><strong>Ammonium nitrate storage in Texas after the West explosion</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On April 17, the to</span>wn of West, Texas, was leveled by an explosion at the local fertilizer plant.</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 20:02:36 +0000 David Martin Davies 21611 at http://tpr.org Learning From The West Explosion: Safety And Security In Tracking Fertilizer Plants The Source: Univision Building Comes Down...Kinda | The Lessons Of West, TX http://tpr.org/post/source-univision-building-comes-downkinda-lessons-west-tx <p><strong>In the first segment:</strong></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Early this morning the Westside Preservation Alliance obtained an injunction against developers wanting&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">to destroy an aging downtown TV studio. </span></p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 19:42:53 +0000 Paul Flahive 21405 at http://tpr.org The Source: Univision Building Comes Down...Kinda | The Lessons Of West, TX West ISD Faculty & Students Lean On Each Other In New School Year http://tpr.org/post/west-isd-faculty-students-lean-each-other-new-school-year <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Teachers and administrators at West </span>ISD<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are nervously optimistic about this week’s start of a new school year four months after a massive fertilizer plant explosion </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">leveled much of the town and left West </span>ISD<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> a hollow shell.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> new school may only be a series of portable buildings, but the faculty are proud to be back.</span></p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 18:13:16 +0000 Ryan Poppe 17390 at http://tpr.org West ISD Faculty & Students Lean On Each Other In New School Year State Agencies Provide Update On Texas Fertilizer Plant Safety http://tpr.org/post/state-agencies-provide-update-texas-fertilizer-plant-safety <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State officials are reporting back to a group of House lawmakers about what Texas is doing to keep communities similar to West, Texas safe from another fertilizer plant explosion.</span></p><p>State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy said his office has been conducting fire inspections of these types of facilities:</p><p>"We’ve done 62 inspections, thus far only five have said 'no,'" he said. "We still have about 140 to 153 facilities that we will finish up in October and then we will have this map created by November."</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 17:06:46 +0000 Ryan Poppe 17341 at http://tpr.org State Agencies Provide Update On Texas Fertilizer Plant Safety